Klepner's Fine Antique Jewellery & Valuers

Klepner's Fine Antique Jewellery & Valuers have been in business for over 120 years, during this time we have established ourselves as one of Victoria's finest antique and vintage jewellers.

We have a wide selection of antique and period jewellery including Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Post War & Retro diamond & gemstone rings, lockets, chains, pendants, brooches, cameos, bracelets, earrings, pins, silver jewellery & amber.

At Klepner's we guarantee the quality of all of our pieces. Our team of qualified valuers, gemmologists, diamond graders & award winning jewellery designers pride themselves in being able to provide you with the knowledge to make your purchase with confidence.

REAL ANTIQUE RING OR REPRODUCTION; THE TOP 5 PRO TIPS TO HELP YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE


1.      The Craftsmanship: Most reproduction rings are castings, meaning that a mold has been taken from an original ring, with a modern copy then produced using a casting process. Once a casting is made, it needs to be “cleaned up” by a jeweller. That is, removing bits of extra metal & smoothing rough surfaces. These processes take time & often they are very quickly finished leaving clues along the way. Such clues include porosity or tiny bubbles scattered across the ring, an orange peel like surface texture especially inside the filigree under-bezel or shoulder detail  & a general lack of handmade precision expected in an original antique or vintage ring. 

2.       The Metal: With the current popularity of white gold & platinum make sure the style of the ring fits the materials used in that period. Remember that no Victorian or Early Edwardian item could be made from either white gold or platinum, as these metals were not used in that time.

3.       The Facets: Take a close look at the type of faceting or polished angles on the gems. Antique cutting styles, such as European Cut, Old Mine Cut, Old Brilliant Cut, Transitional Cut, Single Cut & Rose Cut diamonds were cut using different faceting patterns, proportions & methods compared to today’s Modern Round Brilliant Cut diamonds. The quickest & easiest way to tell an antique cut from a modern cut is to look at the side profile. If the crown (the top sloping part of the stone) is high & the table facet (the flat top panel) is small, it’s probably an old stone. A Modern Round Brilliant Cut Diamond, by comparison will have a much lower & flatter crown, with a larger table facet. If an “antique” ring contains Modern Round Brilliant Cut diamonds, alarm bells should ring.

4.       The Settings: The setting styles commonly used have changed considerably over the years. Georgian & Victorian jewellery often used pressed down silver settings, to encircle the diamond or gemstone in little claw like folds. Art Deco was known for its grain, bezel or rub settings, finished with fine millegraine edges. Often, the quality of the millegraine can give valuable clues to the age of the piece. Sharp, unworn claw or rub settings & millegraine edges are a good sign that a ring may be new.

5.       The Stamps: If you’re very lucky, the ring in question may stamped inside or outside the shank with any combination of  maker’s mark, purity mark or hallmark indicating metal purity, country or city of origin & even the exact year or era a ring was made. However, even the most humble purity stamp can sometimes give you a clue to the age of a ring, antique & vintage rings are stamped with an old fashioned 9ct, 14ct, 15ct, 18ct or 22ct punch. More often than not, modern jewellery will be marked with a more modern 375, 585, 750 or 916 purity mark, representing the percentage of pure gold used in the alloy.

-Ronnie Bauer

EGYPTIAN REVIVAL JEWELLERY


What goes around always seems to come back around. Our fascination with past civilizations since the age of enlightenment has meant that certain design elements have been incorporated into styles & art movement’s time & time again.

One style in particular, Egyptian revival, has had a rich history, surging to fashion with the archaeological exploration in The Valley of the Kings in the early 1800s & the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt in 1805. The trend eventually subsided only to return again with a frenzy, upon the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.

One of the most wonderful things about Egyptian revival is that, depending on which surge, the designs can reflect the French Empire movement, baroque or Rocco styles or Art Nouveau & Art Deco styles along with the traditional Egyptian styles.

The key elements of Egyptian revival include lotus leaves, cobras, scarabs, jackals and geometric motifs including wings as depicted in the carvings from the ancient pharaonic period. This particular example is unusual in that it depicts the embossed profile of Cleopatra.

-Ronnie Bauer

EGYPTIAN REVIVAL JEWELLERY


What goes around always seems to come back around. Our fascination with past civilizations since the age of enlightenment has meant that certain design elements have been incorporated into styles & art movement’s time & time again.

One style in particular, Egyptian revival, has had a rich history, surging to fashion with the archaeological exploration in The Valley of the Kings in the early 1800s & the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt in 1805. The trend eventually subsided only to return again with a frenzy, upon the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.

One of the most wonderful things about Egyptian revival is that, depending on which surge, the designs can reflect the French Empire movement, baroque or Rocco styles or Art Nouveau & Art Deco styles along with the traditional Egyptian styles.

The key elements of Egyptian revival include lotus leaves, cobras, scarabs, jackals and geometric motifs including wings as depicted in the carvings from the ancient pharaonic period. This particular example is unusual in that it depicts the embossed profile of Cleopatra.

-Ronnie Bauer

Vintage Art Deco Jade Drop Earrings

9ct rose gold vintage Post Deco jade drop earrings, set with capped articulated green A type jadeite jade tear drop briolettes & finished with screw back fittings.

Stock Code: E653

Vintage Post Deco Diamond Band

18ct white & yellow gold vintage Post Deco diamond band ring, grain set across with a total of 0.06ct of round brilliant cut diamonds.

Stock Code: C2272