The rich hues of fall – red apples, orange pumpkins, purple chrysanthemums and golden leaves – create a color palette of seductive warmth. Eager to illustrate how these hues translate into vintage jewelry, GasLamp’s dealers cherry-picked pieces that are fall-inspired, including rings that gleam with the honeyed tones of amber and citrine.
This fall season marks a return to glamour for those who didn’t adapt to the quarantine era’s pared-down makeup, fashion and jewelry trend (guilty!). To that end, vintage jewelry, awash in head-turning elegance, delivers extravagant settings and over-the-top gemstones. Adding some vintage jewelry to one’s wardrobe is a dramatic way to re-enter society, so sally forth with enthusiasm as you shop the best vintage jewelry in Nashville at GasLamp Antiques.
CARVED CORAL RING
This 18-karat yellow-gold ring featuring carved coral is a rare estate find, as unusual as it is beautiful ($1,315; Booth S-520). Since coral, known as an “organic gem,” is a soft material, the artisan who crafted this vintage cocktail ring could carve dramatic ridges into it. This ring is perfect for someone who isn’t shy about wearing bold jewelry (who might that be on your Christmas list?).
Additionally, this ring is designed in the fashionable Art Deco style. During the early Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s, jewelry designers used coral to introduce color into their pieces, mixing it with onyx, diamonds, lacquer or lapis lazuli. While I can’t say for sure its era, this ring was most likely designed during the original Art Deco or the Art Deco revival period of the 1960s and 1970s, and it looks Italian or French in design.
This captivating cocktail ring conjures some fun facts about amber, a “gem material” that falls into the same classification as pearls, coral, jet and ivory: All are natural substances produced by living organisms. Amber is the hardened resin of trees fossilized as far back as 320 million years ago. Artisans have been carving amber into jewelry dating back to 11,000 BCE.
An artisan crafted this cocktail ring into an understated setting of 14-karat yellow gold with four prongs ($275; Booth S-535). It’s the perfect vehicle for displaying the dramatic honey-gold color of the amber and its sleek cabochon cut.
This dainty vintage ring made of 10-karat yellow gold features five faceted stones of cognac-colored citrine ($210; Booth S-535). Citrine, a November birthstone (along with topaz), is a form of pale yellow to dark amber quartz. The range of colors resembles the tones of fall leaves, making citrine particularly suited to fall themes. Notice the solid gold leaf foliage located on the ring’s setting; the craftsmanship can be seen through the little veins in each tiny leaf.
CLASSIC CITRINE RING
A handy jeweler added gold beads to the circumference of this 14-karat yellow gold ring, creating a classic setting with flair ($495; Booth S-520). An oval, faceted citrine is the star of this setting. As a traditional birthstone of November, citrine blends in perfectly with the colors of the season. As the year comes to an end, this ring would make for a tailor-made gift for that lucky lady with a November birthday.
Aztec kings, Egyptian pharaohs and Native Americans prized turquoise jewelry for thousands of years. The most highly regarded turquoise stone is the evenly colored Persian turquoise, whose tone is called “robin’s egg blue” and reminds us of a spring sky. Another much-prized turquoise is the polished high-grade Kingman turquoise used in this sterling silver cuff with decorative wire ($225; Booth S-505). It displays an opaque blue and green color with a caramel-and-brown matrix; this stone reminds us of mottled fall leaves.
This sterling silver pendant necklace radiates warmth through its Kingman turquoise stone, which boasts an exquisite matrix of blue, green, brown, and mustard ($120; Booth S-505). Artisans carefully formed the intricate silver setting with traditional hand tools, creating unusual markings and a chain featuring one, two, and three beads in a pattern.
The poet Robert Frost wrote “Nothing Gold Can Stay” about the ephemeral nature of fall. But as the season unfolds, let’s indulge in it. It’s high time we enjoy a vintage jewelry bacchanal of fall-themed finds.