A Vintage Jewelry Timeline by Stan Shelley

Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 12:58 pm by Shelley's

Throughout our site and blog posts you might hear things like Victorian, Edwardian or Art Deco. These titles refer to different time periods, and each period had unique trends or styles when it came to jewelry design. We thought it would be helpful for you to have a timeline showcasing each era over the past 250 years.

Please note, not all vintage jewelry experts agree on the dates exactly. For example some experts start Art Deco in 1920 whereas we start it in 1915. Nonetheless, we are all close and the information below will help you with all your vintage jewelry reading and research.  

Georgian: 1714-1837

King George IV died in 1830 and William IV died in 1837.

Victorian: 1838-1900
The Victorian era is so long and so important that it is broken into the following three parts;

Early Victorian – The Romantic Period 1838-1860
Mid Victorian – The Grand Period 1861-1879
Late Victorian – The Aesthetic Period 1880-1900

Mid Victorian Diamond Brooch
Victorian Diamond Brooch, c. 1880

Late Victorian Pendant 


Edwardian: 1901-1914 


Art Nouveau: 1901-1914
Roughly the same as Edwardian except in France rather than England.



Arts and Crafts: 1875-1925
This was an independent movement and dates are harder to pin down.


Art Deco: 1915-1939


Retro: 1940-1949


Cocktail: 1950-1965
This is a name just coming into use.

Our website can help you learn what the jewelry in these periods looked like. We do not always have jewelry from every time period, but if there is something specific you are looking for, please call us at (828) 692-3615, or click here to contact us now, and we can be on the look out for you.