Vintage jewelry goes by many names. It is sometimes referred to as estate jewelry or antique jewelry. The only real requirement that a piece of jewelry has to have to be considered vintage, is that is most be from a different time period then the one that is being lived at the moment. Certain time periods and eras jewelry are more desirable to collectors than others. The time period, quality, and design of a piece of jewelry tend to be the deciding factors when it comes to pricing these antiques.The most popular time periods for collectors of estate jewelry include Georgian, Early Victorian, Mid-Victorian, Late Victorian, the Arts and Crafts era, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro. Retro is a commonly used term and in the case of antique jewelry it is referring to any pieces that were made after World War II. Georgian jewelry (1714-1837) was handmade and is difficult to find. Leaves and birds were popular jewelry subjects of the time as were precious stones. Early Victorian jewelry (1837-1855) was also known as romantice jewelry and featured designs inspired by nature etched delicately into gold. Lockets and brooches were very popular.The Mid-Victorian jewelry (1856-1880) was also called grand jewelry and were generally made with heavy and dark stones such a jet, onyx, amethyst, and garnet. This jewelry was considered to be “mournful”. Late Victorian jewelry (1885-1900) featured a lot of star and crescent designs using diamonds and brighter gemstones. The Arts and Crafts jewelry (1894-1923) saw a return to handmade jewelry often with simplistic patterns with uncut but colorful stones.Art Nouveau jewelry (1895-1915) was primarily created by a French jewelry designer named Rene Jules Lalique and featured nature-inspired subjects such as butterflies and flowers. Edwardian Jewelery (1901-1915) is so named because this is the time period when Queen Victoria died and Prince Edward became King Edward. These pieces are known for their expensive gemstones and elaborate structure.Art Deco jewelry (1915-1935) is known best for its linear aesthic, geometric shapes and bright colors. Necklaces were worn very long and bracelets were worn in bangles on the wrist. Most of the jewelry designs from this period were influenced by African, Egyptian and Japanese themes. Retro Jewelry (1945-1960) was designed with a focus on Hollywood glamour and included very bright, strong and elaborate pieces. The large cocktail rings and charm bracelets that come from this era are still very popular.Vintage jewelry is so much more then just another accessory. It is a piece of history. Most collectors fell that they have gathered more than just objects. Many times these collectors get to hear the stories behind the specific pieces and learn about the lives that were lived while each item was being worn. Vintage jewelry offers beauty, style and a connection to the past for the wearer.To see and learn more about different styles of vintage jewelry visit this excellent website and dedicated resource.