MyAntoniaJewelry

Antique fine jewelry with a historical perspective.

Chicago, Illinois · 1110 Sales

MyAntoniaJewelry

Antique fine jewelry with a historical perspective.

Chicago, Illinois 1110 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(201)

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Catherine

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Announcement   Antique jewelry and engagement rings with a historical perspective. Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Mid-Century Modern, Retro and Vintage. Unique and alternative engagement rings, anniversary rings and wedding bands. Diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, moonstone, garnet and many other gemstones! Unique fine jewelry for all gift occasions as well as to add to your own collection.

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Last updated on Oct 29, 2016

Antique jewelry and engagement rings with a historical perspective. Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Mid-Century Modern, Retro and Vintage. Unique and alternative engagement rings, anniversary rings and wedding bands. Diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, moonstone, garnet and many other gemstones! Unique fine jewelry for all gift occasions as well as to add to your own collection.

Catherine

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Catherine

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5 out of 5 stars
(201)
Janan La Deaux

Janan La Deaux on May 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is the second ring I have purchased from Catherine. I fell in love with the setting, but envisioned it with a diamond. Catherine thought it would work, so I mailed her my personal diamond without any worries. Her jeweler did an exceptional job in setting the diamond. It is now my new engagement/wedding ring. Catherine is a "gem" unto herself. She is so personable and her rapport will put you right at ease if you are concerned about making a major purchase on-line. She couldn't make it any more easier or pleasurable.

fbartonjr32

fbartonjr32 on May 19, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Catherine was an absolute joy to work with!! She knows her items well, and can give you history on it and how she acquired it. Her shop policies are clear and she will go the extra mile for her clients!!! I highly recommend Catherine and her shop, MyAntonia!!!!

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About

Welcome to My Antonia Jewelry! My Antonia is a classic American novel by Willa Cather and one of my favorites since college. I named by daughter Antonia, and now I am naming my shop for her.

The items in my shop are sourced from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. I hunt out antique shops and work with estate buyers to find well-loved high quality vintage pieces that I can pass on to you at a reasonable price. Pieces that can benefit from restoration go to a trusted jeweler who learned his craft in Europe.

I travel overseas about once a year to scout out new sources. Scotland is one of my favorite destinations and both Edinburgh and Glasgow have yielded some treasures that I’m keeping for myself!

Much of the jewelry in this shop was made in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the era in which My Antonia was written and takes place. Many of the older antique diamonds you’ll find here were cut specifically to catch the sparkle of candlelight. Craftsmen worked with each gemstone to bring out its inner beauty and the cut of the stone may be unique in itself depending on its age. Here you’ll find older styles like rose cut, old mine cut, old European cut and cuts that are transitional to modern cuts. Older diamonds are conflict free, unlike many mined in more recent times.

If you have questions about particular items, please contact me. I’m always happy to provide more photographs and additional information. My goal is to make sure you are happy with your purchase and I will work with you to ensure it.

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  • Catherine

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    My fascination with antique jewelry dates back to when, as a child, I'd listen to my grandmother's stories. Her storytelling made the late 1800s and early 20th century come alive to me and started me collecting small items that seemed part of those times. Jewelry spoke to me most of all, especially rings because they were worn day in and day out through everyday life and special milestones. They witnessed the lives their wearers lived. Years ago I began to search out shops when traveling so that I could bring home a piece of jewelry history. I am still doing that today. Here in my shop you'll find some of the unique treasures I've turned up along the way!

Shop policies

Last updated on June 17, 2017
Welcome to My Antonia Jewelry! My Antonia is a classic American novel by Willa Cather and one of my favorites since college. I named by daughter Antonia, and now I am naming my shop for her.

Much of the jewelry in this shop was made in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the era in which My Antonia was written and takes place. Many of the older antique diamonds you’ll find here were cut specifically to catch the sparkle of candlelight. Craftsmen worked with each gemstone to bring out its inner beauty and the cut of the stone may be unique in itself depending on its age. Here you’ll find older styles like rose cut, old mine cut, old European cut and cuts that are transitional to modern cuts. Older diamonds are conflict free, unlike many mined in more recent times.

The items in my shop are sourced primarily from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. I work with antique shops and estate buyers to find well-loved high quality vintage pieces that I can pass on to you at a reasonable price. I travel overseas several times a year to scout out new sources. Scotland is one of my favorite destinations and both Edinburgh and Glasgow have yielded some treasures that I’m keeping for myself!

If you have questions about particular items, please contact me. I’m always happy to provide more photographs and additional information. My goal is to make sure you are happy with your purchase and I will work with you to ensure it.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept both Paypal and Etsy Direct Checkout payment methods and credit card transactions via Paypal and Etsy Direct Checkout. I also accept Etsy Gift Cards.

PAYPAL CREDIT
PayPal Credit is a great way to make a purchase with up to 6 months of interest free financing. It’s like my interest free layaway plan, except that you get your purchase right away without waiting! To see if you qualify and to find out what your credit line might be, call Paypal at 1-866-528-3733. Meanwhile, let me know what piece you are considering and I will reserve it for your for five days.

LAYAWAY POLICY
If you find a piece in my shop that you cannot pay for right away, I will work with you on a layaway payment plan that fits your needs. You can start the process with a 25% deposit and pay the balance over 3 to 6 months. There are no interest charges or fees for layaway, but if you change your mind after you begin the process, any payments made will be converted into a store credit. This is because I take the piece off the market once a deposit is made. You can always pay off the balance early with no penalty. As soon as you have paid for your item in full, it will be sent out within two business days. If you wish to return it, you will receive a store credit.

Please understand that we cannot hold items longer than six months under layaway. If the payment schedule is not completed within the agreed upon timeframe, your prior payments will become store credit, and the original item will be reposted for sale.
Shipping
Within the United States I ship by USPS with full insurance. Items are sent by Priority Mail and a tracking number will be sent to you at the time of shipping. Items are sent within two days of receipt of full payment. I only send items to addresses that are registered to your Etsy or Paypal account. If you want an item sent as a gift to someone else, please convo me before purchase to get the okay. If you need your purchase sent Express, please contact me and we can arrange which service is best for your needs.

All packages will require a signature proof of delivery.

I ship to many countries outside of the U.S. and typically use DHL as it is fast and reliable. If you prefer another method, please contact me for a quote.

Please note that for insurance purposes I will declare full value of your item when shipped. For packages shipped internationally, I will not understate the price. The buyer is responsible for any customs, taxes and fees levied by the destination country.

Also note that if an item is shipped to you and you refuse shipment, you are still responsible for customs fees.
Refunds and Exchanges
My goal is for you to be happy with your purchase, so I offer a money-back guarantee. You may return the item for a refund of the purchase price, minus the shipping cost, to your original method of payment. If for any reason you decide you do not want to keep your purchase, you must contact me with your return request within 7 days of receipt of the item, as indicated by the date it is signed for. The item must be returned in the original packaging and in the original condition. The return must be postmarked within 14 days of original receipt of the item. I will not accept returns for items that have been altered in any way, including sizing. If you return an item without contacting me, or refuse receipt of the item, the price will not be refunded.

Exceptions to my refund policy:
Items that have been altered or resized, or in any way changed or damaged from their condition when they left my shop.
Layaway items will not be refunded. I will accept returns in exchange for a shop credit.
Additional policies and FAQs
SIZING
I offer sizing services through my jeweler who has extensive experience sizing antique rings. Many jewelers do not have the expertise to match gold color and work with antique settings, so please consider using my sizing service. Rings are usually sized in about five working days.

INSURANCE APPRAISAL
My jeweler can provide you with an insurance appraisal if you need one for a fee of $50 on items under $1000 and free of charge for items over $1000.

A NOTE ON ANTIQUE JEWELRY
Most of the gemstone rings in my shop are vintage or antique. As such, they do not easily fit the parameters of modern definitions of carat weight, clarity and cut.

For GIA appraisals, carat weight is determined by removing a stone from its setting and measuring it individually. With vintage jewelry this could compromise the integrity of the piece. I measure gemstones in their original settings and provide those measurements and an estimate of carat weight to give you with as much information as possible.

Clarity of a gemstone was of less concern a century ago, so many of these stones have tiny flaws and inclusions that are not visible to the eye without magnification. I do my best to disclose imperfections where present and will provide you the most accurate description possible. I examine each piece with a jeweler’s loupe, test gemstones for authenticity and also acid test gold to determine metal purity. Every piece that leaves my shop is something I would be proud to wear myself.