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Mars' Shining Armour

Antique and Vintage jewellery for a gentleman. Make him feel special with our range of Vintage, Antique and Pre-Owned Designer Jewellery. These will be gift ideas he'll love! Next day UK delivery and free gift wrapping. Lovely tie pins (also known as stickpins), cufflinks, dress sets and signet rings. We have also got some men wedding rings and seals.

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Cupid's Trove

Celebrating all things to do with LOVE! Nothing quite says I love you than jewellery itself. Here is a romantic selection of antique and vintage jewellery to gift your loved one. (Or to wear the love yourself.) While St Valentines Day is considered one of the most romantic days of the year, do not forget wedding anniversaries, push presents and any excuse for love.

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Venus' Animal Kingdom

We have loved animals since the Earth was made. Did you know there is an estimated there are 8.7 million species! While it might be we love a certain breed or have the certain animal as a pet. We have always been fascinated by them. Some animals have been linked to Greek and Roman' Gods and goddesses and some animals we love for sport like Fox hunting or horse racing. Some are mascots. Whatever the reason is, nothing quite gives a good hint of what you love than wearing the animal in jewellery form.

For example, perhaps you have a fish stick pin. This will hint you that like fishing or love fish in general. Perhaps this same pin was a type of fish you especially love to eat like Salmon or is a particular fishing you love (salmon fishing). Or is it a namesake or a crest? There are many reasons and that is the joy of jewellery. It is the greatest conversation starter. 

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Antique & Vintage Engagement Rings

Engagement rings symbolise life and eternity, and were first used in Roman times as a public pledge of marriage between a couple. They were later adorned with diamonds because of their own remarkable significance.

Diamond rings gradually become as much a symbol of love as they became an exquisite object of beauty. Secret words of love were decorated with flora enhancing romantic gestures.

"Two torches in a
ring of smouldering fire.
Two wills, two hearts,
two passions
are joined in marriage
by a diamond ring.”
- Lines and translation from the Vatican manuscript.

There was a time when men didn’t offer diamonds for a hand in marriage. In the Georgian and Regency Eras, secret messages symbolised love; a 'posy ring', a 'forget me not ring' or even Acrostic rings. These contained secret love messages or were a plain band with a description inside. 

The Victorians continued the Georgian's love for romantic messages as engagement rings - Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake engagement ring- a symbol for eternal love. The Victorians were hopeless Romantics and did not stop at snakes to symbolise their love - knots and belts were also used with wild abandon. They also introduced the Gypsy rings and the half carved half hoop ring.

By the time the Edwardians arrived, platinum was introduced and the millegrain setting. Diamonds became brighter. While the Edwardians often loved pearls and diamonds, they adored coloured stones. 

The Art Deco period gave us a fashion of target and geometric designs. The skill of cutting stones was at its height by this time. In the 1950s the rings simply got bigger and grander.

Today we live in an era of sustainability and love for the old times. While diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald rings are the most popular, there is a fashion for other gemstones too, such as tourmalines, opals and Aquamarines. 

Like your own love, these rings are all unique and one of a kind.

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