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The allure of antique jewellery is often hard to resist— especially the history attached to it.

From garage sales to second-hand markets, we search tirelessly for the next big find— that special piece with the power to captivate our hearts.

If you're on the hunt for some beautiful antique jewellery, then you've come to the right place. Australia is home to several antique jewellery stores, and in this blog post, we'll be looking at 20 of the best stores. 

Whether you're looking for a special piece to add to your collection or simply want to browse for inspiration, read on for our top picks.

 

20 Best Places to Shop For Antique Jewellery in Australia

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1. Chilton's Antiques - Miranda, NSW 


Chilton's Antiques is a great place to buy antique jewellery in Australia. If you're looking for an eclectic mix of pieces to choose from, then Chilton’s Antiques is the place for you. This store has a wide range of vintage and antique jewellery from all over the world, as well as a team of experts to help you find the perfect piece.

 

2. Bloomsbury Antiques 


Bloomsbury Antiques was established in 1984 as a family business in Shenton Park, Western Australia. It’s the perfect place to buy unique antique jewellery. 

They have a wide selection of pieces from all different time periods, so you're sure to find something that catches your eye. Buyers can only shop online, and shipping is worldwide. Whether you're looking for a delicate gold chain, an engagement ring or a statement piece, this is the place to find it.

 

3. 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.

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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 casual collectors and serious vintage jewellery lovers.

 

4. Subiaco Antiques - Perth


If you're in Perth and on the hunt for antique jewellery, then the Subiaco Antique Centre should be your first stop. This centre is one of  Perth's favourite antique jewellers and is full of beautiful pieces from all over the world. 

They offer a wide range of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian pieces, and a fine selection of contemporary jewellery.

 

5. Vintage Times - Sydney CBD


After deciding to move on from their former showrooms in Surry Hills and Double Bay, Sydney, Vintage Times is now an appointment-only operator. 

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.

 

6. Steven Sher Antique & Fine Jewellery- Nedlands, WA


Steven Sher Antique & Fine Jewellery is a family-run business that has been buying and selling antique jewellery for over 30 years. They have a passion for all things vintage, and their collection includes everything from Georgian earrings to Art Deco necklaces.

 

7. 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.

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8. Sedgwicks Antique & Estate Jewellery- Toowong, QLD


This Sydney-based company has been dealing in antique jewellery for over 30 years. 

Sedgwicks Antique & Estate Jewellery offers a wide range of services, including valuations, repairs and restoration. Their extensive antique collection features everything from Victorian rings to Edwardian pendants.

Sedgwick's founder, Patricia Sedgwick, has over 30 years of experience in the fine jewellery and auction industry. She is a qualified Gemmologist and diamond grader, and also holds qualifications for Registered Jewellery Valuer & Licensed Secondhand Dealer.

 

9. Anne Schofield Antiques - Woollahra, Sydney


Looking for something different? Anne Schofield's Woollahra Showroom has an eclectic collection of traditional and modern Australian jewellery. 

Anne's showroom is a museum with conventional and boutique pieces from India. The showroom has been open to the public for up to 40 years, and Anne has built a pretty impressive collection.

There is no shortage in this store, from intricate antique earrings to delicate necklaces made entirely of gemstones or polished rocks. Anne Schofield is a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians, a Life Fellow of the Powerhouse Museum, and an Approved Valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

 

10. Delross Jewellers - Brisbane


Delross Jewellers is one of Australia's most prestigious antique jewellery stores. They offer a wide range of antique and vintage jewellery and some contemporary pieces. Delross has a great selection of antique engagement rings, and they also ship internationally. 

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11. Greene and Greene Antiques - Woollahra, Sydney


Greene and Greene is located in the heart of Sydney. It offers a wide range of antique jewellery, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. They have been in business for over 25 years and areone of Australia's leading antique jewellery dealers.

You can find various antique jewellery at Greene and Greene, including pieces from the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco periods. The knowledgeable staff will also assist you in finding the perfect jewellery that suits your style and budget.

 

12. 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 being the current custodians of the Melbourne store.

Their stunning collection of vintage rings is an Art Deco lover's dream—and it features unique coloured stones, all with impeccable craftsmanship.

 

13. Gerard McCabe Antiques - Adelaide, South Australia


Located in Adelaide, Gerard McCabe is one of Australia's foremost antique jewellers. It's the place to go for all your antique jewellery needs. This emporium has been operating for over 20 years and stocks a vast range of fine antique and vintage jewellery. 

Whether you're looking for Georgian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco or Victorian pieces, you will find something special here. Gerard McCabe also buys antique jewellery, so if you're looking to sell, this is a great place to start.

 

14. House of Holst - Chifley Square, Sydney


If you're looking for antique jewellery with a bit of history, then the House of Holst is the place for you. This family-run business has been dealing in antique jewellery for over three generations. It's located in the iconic Chifley Plaza, Sydney.

House of Holst's collection includes everything from Georgian and Victorian jewels to Art Deco beauties. Plus, they're always on the lookout for new pieces to add to their collection. 

Whether you're after something unique or just curious about antique jewellery, the House of Holst is worth visiting.

 

15. Karen Deakin Antiques - Sydney CBD


Karen Deakin has been dealing in fine antique jewellery since the 1970s, priding herself on the authenticity and condition of her pieces. Her website features a limited selection of her stock, which 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.

 

16. Frost Antiques - Sydney CBD


Frost Antiques is the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind vintage piece. 

With over 70 years of experience in this industry, Frost sure knows a thing or two about valuable antique pieces. Frost gives its customers nothing but high-quality products at affordable prices. Their Instagram page provides an alluring glimpse into the scope of their collection.

 

17. Imperial Jewellery Antique - Hamilton, QLD


If you're looking for antique jewellery with a bit of an edge, then Imperial Jewellery is the place for you. The Melbourne-based store specialises in edgy jewellery from the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco periods. 

They also have a fantastic range of vintage engagement rings, so if you're getting ready to pop the question, this is the place to go!

 

18. Collections Fine Jewellery - South Yarra, Melbourne


Melbourne's Collections Fine Jewellery is a go-to source for second-hand pieces, with an awe-inspiring range of vintage watches from major and lesser-known brands. If you're a watch enthusiast looking for authentic and iconic timepieces, Collections Fine Jewellery should be at the top of your list.

19. 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. They have a mix of understated, delicate diamond rings and more lavish cluster settings.

 

20. Christopher William - Crows Nest, Sydney


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

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Conclusion: Protect Your Antique Jewellery with Specialised Jewellery Insurance 

 

Antique jewellery is a constant reminder of history, and it carries so much sentimental value.

Imagine if something terrible happens to your favourite piece of jewellery. And even worse, you have no backup to get the jewellery or its monetary value back. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. It could be a fire in your home, a burglary, misplacement, damage, or anything else. 

Q Report specialised jewellery insurance protects your antique jewellery in case of loss, theft, damage or misplacement. Our insurance policy has rich benefits and offers worldwide coverage. No matter where you are, you can always wear your jewellery with peace of mind.

If you have a piece of vintage jewellery and wish to protect it for generations to come, cover it with our specialised jewellery insurance

It’s our mission to protect all the jewellery you love. Start by getting an online quote, or contact us if you need more information. 

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