Silver is the New Gold

Jewellery connoisseurs, rejoice – A UK-based silver specialist boasts an incredible array of antique adornments for men and women alike.

Photo: AC Silver
Photo: AC Silver

For Andrew Campbell, jewellery is a passion. He has been trading in antique silverware and jewellery since 1977, making him a foremost expert in the field, and his store, AC Silver, offers an array of items all personally handpicked by Andrew himself. Although gems and jewels will be our focus today, AC Silver offers an exceptional and diverse inventory of antique silver items, including flatware and cutlery, tea services, candelabras, picture frames and much more. 

Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet, ca. 1910. Photo: AC Silver.
Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet, ca. 1910. Photo: AC Silver.

If you can’t decide between silver and gold, try both! This bracelet uses 18ct gold to set off a lovely collection of cabochon and cushion cut sapphires, which are separated by silver links and filled in with an astonishing seventy-one Old European cut diamonds. Secured with an interwoven clasp and supported with a fine link safety chain, the bracelet will remain a quality piece for years to come.

Ruby, Opal and Diamond Yellow Gold Bee Brooch, ca. 1890. Photo: AC Silver.
Ruby, Opal and Diamond Yellow Gold Bee Brooch, ca. 1890. Photo: AC Silver.

Considering that it dates from 1890, this charming bee brooch is surprisingly modern. The entire piece is made of two individually modelled 15ct gold bees, each set with thirty-three diamonds and two rubies and complete with opal eyes. Suspended with a pearl-studded gold chain from a safety clip style fastener, they’re ready to become a sparkling addition to any lapel.

Diamond, Platinum and Rose Gold Cufflinks, ca. 1930. Photo AC Silver.
Diamond, Platinum and Rose Gold Cufflinks, ca. 1930. Photo AC Silver.

Art deco styles are eternally classic because of their clean design, and these French cufflinks add a touch of glamour to any sleeve. Crafted from platinum and rose gold, the hexagonal design gives the illusion of being 3D, reminiscent of a pair of dice. This effect is enhanced by fine enamel detailing, and each ‘face’ is crowned with a diamond displayed in relief in the center. 

Diamond and White Gold Ring, ca. 1920. Photo: AC Silver.
Diamond and White Gold Ring, ca. 1920. Photo: AC Silver.

Another impressive Art Deco piece is a geometric woman’s dress ring, crafted in white gold with a platinum setting. The elongated, delicate pierced design features a central round diamond set within a square frame, accompanied by two smaller diamonds above and below. 

Double Strand Pearl Necklace with White Gold and Diamond, ca. 1970. Photo: AC Silver.
Double Strand Pearl Necklace with White Gold and Diamond, ca. 1970. Photo: AC Silver.

For twice the elegance, try this vintage double strand pearl necklace. A classic accompaniment to any outfit, the graduated strings of pearls are secured with a platinum, push fit clasp set with thirty diamonds surrounding an eye-catching central green stone. 

Aquamarine and Diamond, White Gold Clip-On Earrings, ca. 1980. Photo: AC Silver.
Aquamarine and Diamond, White Gold Clip-On Earrings, ca. 1980. Photo: AC Silver.

Made of aquamarine and diamond set into white gold, these earrings are certainly stunners. Meaning ‘water of the sea’, the central aquamarine stones live up to their name, sparkling a clear blue from their nest of diamonds. Fitted with hinged clips, they are ready for anyone to wear. 

Because lots are fixed, you must act fast if you see a piece that catches your attention. If you would like to take a closer look at any object, AC Silver has a retail location at 35b St Georges Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, that may be visited by appointment. For fans of online shopping all over the world, AC Silver provides fully insured national and international shipping free of charge. 

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