About Christines Collection
Christine commenced her business in 2001.
She always had a passion for antiques and had been a collector of beautiful jewellery for some years before.
Christine travels abroad twice a year with her husband to source the jewellery from UK and France. Michael, who assists in the business has an excellent eye and very good knowledge of all the pieces especially hallmarks and the rating and quality of precious stones.
Our collection is comprised of antique and period jewellery supplemented by contemporary and reproduction style pieces.
We provide a personalized and individual service. We do not have a retail outlet, rather we offer our jewellery for sale at Antique and Vintage fairs, art shows and charity events and private client sale days and referrals.
We are committed to providing both high quality and beautiful craftsmanship in the range of our jewellery and delight in bringing to our clients an array of both overseas and locally sourced pieces but at the same time is also priced to fit within the budgets of most people.
It has often been said that beautiful jewellery is a pleasure to own, a delight to wear and there are few keepsakes as long lasting and personal that can be passed down through generations.
And did you know…
Antique and period jewellery is timeless and unique due to its age and craftsmanship. Styles and materials have evolved over many centuries, but gained prominence from the early eighteenth century through English artisan jewellers.
The Georgian Period (1714-1830) featured designs of flowers, leaves, insects, birds, feathers and ribbons. Glass paste, and pinchbeck which was often used in place of gold, featured in the pieces. From the early 1800’s cameo brooches and earrings became popular, as did engraved gemstones and intaglios.
Victorian jewellery can be identified through three periods. The Early Period (1837-1860) saw scroll work with the use of multi-colour gold. Interest in enameled jewelllery was spurred on by the Gothic Renewal Movement. The Mid or Grand Period (1860-1885) popularized suites of coloured jewellery. An Etruscan influence became evident in settings. With the death of Prince Albert, jet jewellery was taken up by a mourning population. By the Late or Aesthetic Period (1885-1890) spring mechanisms were featured in many pieces such a sovereign cases. Diamonds became increasingly popular. Delicate pendants were made in stones and pearls.
The Art Noveau Period (1890-1915) was enlightening with new ideas and concepts in jewellery design and was made prominent by the names of Lalique and Tiffany with their respective French and American influences. It also saw jewellers stylizing flowers, birds and insects in enamel, with an emphasis on femininity and figures depicting various poses.
With the arrival of the industrial revolution the skilled Arts and Crafts jewellers rose in a movement (1894-1923) to reprise against mass produced pieces. They mainly worked in silver with uncut and cabochon stones with an emphasis on bright colours.
The Edwardian Period (1901-1910) spanned just a short time. It was characterised by pieces with femine, lacey and a delicate appearance. Bows, ribbons, stars and garlands of small flowers were featured as motifs. There was a high use of platinum on yellow gold with diamond trim. Pearls, moonstones and diamonds were prominent and especially in Old European cuts.
Art Deco (1920-1935) – and the Great Gatsby is on our lips. The use of onyx, sapphires, rubies and emeralds in geometrical and angular cuts and shapes was influenced by the concept of cubism from the art world. No regard was had to cost in the use of diamonds and platinum. French designers including Cartier and Bucheron were prominent – Tiffany and Company influenced the Americans.
Retro (1935-1949) introduced synthetic, large coloured gem stones mainly resulting from the austerity of the Great Depression and then moving into World War II, which required special precious metals to cover the war effort. The period was heavily influenced by the American market with it taking on a less romantic and more militaristic style. The pieces were easily sourced and more affordable.