Timeless Excellence is Cartier’s second name.
Comparing to other famous luxury jewelry brands, such as Van Cleef & Arpels or Tiffany & Co. who is working with precious stones a lot, Cartier is strictly focusing on diamonds and different color gold.
Over the time Cartier created a great number of truly iconic pieces. From a classic Cartier Love bracelet to famous Cartier Panther collection and Cartier Trinity, without mentioning a wide variety of Cartier watches — you name it!
But our hearts belong to vintage Cartier jewelry. We appreciate the uniqueness and craftsmanship of our estate pieces. Each of them has a timeless character and tells the most fascinating stories.
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. Let’s define what the vintage jewelry is, why it’s 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 1930 to 1980 called vintage.
This time frame comprises of Art Deco , Retro and styles Mid-Century
Why do we love vintage jewelry so much? It’s all about the quality of making 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 the high quality in mind.
How to shop 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 are happened to be in 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.