About Garrard Brand:
Being one of the world oldest jewelry houses, today London-based Garrard brand is staying up to date with their innovative and daring design. The Maison has been operating since 1735, and until now Garrard jewelry is famous for re-inviting their style while following the traditions of jewelry making.
The brand has been beloved by the British Royal family since 1843, when Garrard was appointed the first official Crown Jeweler. The sapphire and diamond Princess Diana’s cluster engagement ring and Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara are among the most iconic jewelry pieces of all time. Front and center of these and many other Garrard’s creations is a gemstone. Colored gemstones, especially rare and important ones, shaped the history of Garrard.
All-female design team is another force that moves the brand forward. Deep understanding of the mindset of their clientele allows the Maison to be relevant and innovative. All the pieces by Garrard are hand-crafted, which is necessary for the brand that has preserved traditions of jewelry making through the centuries.
About Vintage Jewelry:
Vintage jewelry is something we can talk about for days. Since the subject is that big and has multiple aspects to discuss, we’d like to focus on the most important parts of it. So, what is vintage jewelry? Why is it so appealing? And how to buy your vintage jewelry online?
In the industry, different sellers and makers have different opinions on the time period when vintage jewels were made. Here at Nadine Krakov, we consider vintage as anything being made between 50 and 100 years ago. Therefore, all jewelry produced from 1930s to 1980s is called vintage. This time frame is comprised of Art Deco, Retro and Mid-Century.
Why do we love vintage jewelry so much? It’s all about the quality of the make and – of course – the look.
Vintage pieces were mostly made by hand or at least hand-finished while modern jewels are mainly cast. As the lifestyle back in the days was much slower, jewelry makers literally had more time in their hands. Skilled craftsmen honed their craft and reputation. They couldn’t allow a flimsy, poorly done piece to ruin that. Mass market jewelry didn’t exist at that time. Each little detail of a piece was executed thoughtfully and with high quality in mind.
How to shop for your vintage jewelry online? Ask questions about maker’s marks and hallmarks, request a video of the piece, and show it to your jeweler. The easiest way to be confident with your purchase is to find a trustworthy, reputable seller. And if you happen to be in the Beverly Hills area, just google “vintage jewelry near me”, find Nadine Krakov Collection store and stop by for a good chat with a sip of champagne.