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For many of us, the history, elegance and intrigue of antique jewellery are too strong to resist. It’s why we hop tirelessly from garage sales to markets, hoping to stumble upon that next Big Find.

Thankfully, the Australian market is rich in incredible vintage collections, which mostly reside in stunning showrooms across the country. Here are 10 of the best places to buy antique jewellery in the country.

 

1. Kalmar Antiques - Sydney CBD

Kalmar Antiques has been in operation since the 1980s, and in that time they’ve built a reputation as one of the country’s premier dealers of fine antique jewellery.

Their extensive collection ranges from pocket watches and clocks to unique engagement rings and everything in between. As their 2017/18 catalogue shows, Kalmar Antiques have pieces to satisfy both casual collectors and more serious vintage jewellery aficionados.

 

2. Vintage Times - By Appointment Sydney CBD

Vintage Times is now an appointment-only operator after deciding to move on from their former showrooms in Surry Hills and Double Bay, Sydney. They specialise in vintage and antique engagement rings and boast an extensive collection of unique gems and settings. 

If you’re interested in Art Deco jewellery or looking for an eye-catching engagement ring for your partner, Vintage Times is a great place to start your search.

 

3. Klepner’s Fine Antique Jeweller - Melbourne CBD

Proudly celebrated as Melbourne CBD’s oldest antique jewellery store, Klepner’s has been collecting and selling antique pieces for over 120 years.

Whether you’re looking for Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian or Art Deco jewellery, Klepner’s can cater to all tastes.

 

4. Anne Schofield Antiques - Woollahra, Sydney

Anne Schofield’s Woollahra showroom has been a collector’s favourite for over 40 years and includes some of the most interesting items in the city.

Traditional and tribal Indian earrings, rings, bangles, pendants and chains make Anne’s showroom as much of a museum as a jewellery store. Anne Schofield is a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians, a Life Fellow of the Powerhouse Museum and Approved Valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

 

5. Catanach’s Jewellers - Armadale, Melbourne

George William Catanach founded Catanach’s Jewellers over 140 years ago, with the mission to provide pieces with unflinching quality and beauty. Five generations of Catanach have fulfilled this mission so far, with Amanda and David the current custodians of the Melbourne store.

Their stunning collection of vintage rings is an Art Deco lover’s dream but also features some unique coloured stones - all with impeccable craftsmanship.

 

6. Karen Deakin Antiques - Sydney CBD

Karen Deakin has been dealing fine antique jewellery since the 1970s, priding herself on the authenticity and condition of her pieces. Her website features just a limited selection of her stock, which in itself is an impressive variety of engagement rings, necklaces and pendants.

Karen also has a blog where she answers common questions among vintage collectors and offers insider tips for collecting antique jewellery.

 

7. Frost Antiques - Sydney CBD

Frost Antiques is another vintage collector with some serious heritage in the industry; selling antique creations for over 70 years. Their Instagram page provides an alluring glimpse into the scope of their collection, which includes stunning items like this Australian opal piece:

 

 

8. Collections Fine Jewellery - South Yarra, Melbourne

Melbourne’s Collections Fine Jewellery is a go-to source of second-hand pieces, with a particularly impressive range of vintage watches from major and lesser-known brands, showcased on their Instagram.

If you’re a watch enthusiast looking for authentic and iconic timepieces, Collections Fine Jewellery should be at the top of your list.

 

9. Helen Badge Jewellery - Sydney and Melbourne CBD

The Helen Badge showrooms in the Melbourne and Sydney CBD are a must-visit if you’re shopping for a unique engagement ring on a smaller budget. Their expansive collection of retro, Art Deco and vintage pieces mostly fall into the $1000-$5000 price range, with a mix of understated, delicate diamond rings and more lavish cluster settings.

 

10. Christopher William - Crows Nest, Sydney

Christopher William’s Crows Nest showroom features a mix of antique European rings and pendants, and also tribal earrings, cuffs and chains. His coral pieces are some of the most interesting, which were particularly popular in France and England in the early 20th century.

If you have a piece of vintage jewellery and wish to extend its life for generations to come, protect it with specialised jewellery insurance like Q Report. Learn more about the benefits of specialised cover and get an instant online quote today.

 

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