Announcement   • Handpicked Antique Jewellery & Vintage curio.
• Inspected for quality and authenticity.
• We are always happy to consider offers on most of our pieces.
• The past is our present to you!

Announcement

Last updated on 21 Jun, 2018

• Handpicked Antique Jewellery & Vintage curio.
• Inspected for quality and authenticity.
• We are always happy to consider offers on most of our pieces.
• The past is our present to you!

Michael Hunter

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Michael Hunter

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We just listed this superb emerald and diamond ring. Made in 18k gold, the str king ring features gorgeous green emeralds and clear diamonds.
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Offers welcome
We have been busy buying and here’s just one of the lovely items we have.
A #vintage swallow in silver and decorated with enamel and marcasite. Oh and a glass eye
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Don’t forget we welcome offers on all our items. thinking_face
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Check out this lovely and RARE style vintage silver heart locket. We consider offers on all our items. grinning
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About

Antiques & Fine Jewellery backed by over 20 years experience

Hi Im Michael Hunter and proud owner of this shop Helenas Curio.
My own interest in antiques and jewellery began in 2011. It was my mother who influenced me and helped with my first few buys. She was in the antiques game for over 30 years. I took the shop name Helenas Curio as Helena is her middle name.
After only selling at fairs myself I've decided to bring these wonderful and interesting finds into my online shop.

I do sell a variety of items including antique english silver, antique glassware ( such as Emile Galle ) and other unusual items that may catch my eye. I look for things that have true history and that have been cherished through time. I do focus mainly on antique jewellery and try to stock beautifully crafted pieces from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art deco and Art Nouveau periods. More recently I have begun to add vintage pieces which date from the 1950s to 80s. There are so many fabulous things out there!

As well as managing this shop I am a passionate artist. Links below

I hope you enjoy browsing through some of my items and please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Thank you

Shop members

  • Michael Hunter

    Owner

    Hello and welcome to my shop. I am pleased to offer a unique collection of jewellery which has been hand picked and inspected for quality and authenticity. I travel round the UK in search of beautiful things to add to my shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on 13 August, 2018
Welcome to my antique & vintage jewelry, antique and curio shop.
I travel around the UK in my quest to find unique and authentic items which may not be easily found. I handpick everything my self and inspect for quality and authenticity before displaying in my store.

Everyone has their own taste and preferences when it comes to buying vintage & antique jewelry, antiques & curio, which is why I try to pick an interesting and diverse selection of items.

When you opt to buy an antique piece of jewelry or other, consider it to be a sound investment. You are embracing the historical significance of the piece.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We must be informed of any issues or problems with your purchase within 5 days. In the event that the item is returned to us for a full refund, we must be satisfied that the item is in the exact condition that it was sent. The return postage must be fully insured and proof of postage must be obtained. You must also make sure that the item is tracked and we must be sent the tracking code/number. Shipping fees are nonrefundable and the buyer pays return shipping.

Layaway and resize items altered pieces are not eligible for return or refund.

Please take your time when reading the descriptions Also look carefully at the photos and use the ZOOM IN ( located under the images to the right) before purchasing.

Most of my items are vintage and some pieces are over 100 years old which means that they will probably show minor signs of wear consistent with the age of the piece.

I inspect all my items for condition and authenticity before listing. I describe each item and take the best clearest pictures to the best of my ability. Most of the pictures are taken in studio lighting. Please contact me if you require further images and images under natural lighting such as diamond rings.
Payment
LAYAWAY PAYMENT PLANS
Items are eligible for our layaway payment plans if the order value exceeds £150. The first deposit payment must be paid within 2 working days and then the balance paid within 90 days. We allow a maximum of 4 payments in total. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please contact us if you are interested in using our layaway payment plan service.
Shipping
We use Royal Mail for most of our shipping from the UK
Items sent to the Uk will be posted within 2 working days and should arrive within the next 2-3 working days after this.

Items going abroad from the UK will be posted within 2 working days and need to be signed for on delivery. Items going to various countries could take longer than others depending on which country they are being sent.

All items we send are carefully packed for safe delivery.

TAXES & CUSTOMS
Please be aware - some countries may charge import taxes and fees. We are not responsible for those.
Additional policies and FAQs
JEWELLERY CLEANING

Most commercially prepared jewelry cleaners are safe, but beware of those that contain ammonia or chemicals that can damage sensitive gems like pearl or amber.

As a first step, let your jewelry piece soak for a few moments in a solution of warm water and mild detergent or cleaning solution.

Use a soft brush, not a toothbrush, to gently scrub your jewelry.
A shaved matchstick or toothpick is quite good at picking out accumulations, but don’t be too harsh. Patience pays off.

When you’ve finished scrubbing, dip the jewelry piece back into the solution for one last wetting. Then rinse in warm running water, preferably about the same temperature as your solution. Radical temperature changes are dangerous and should be avoided.

Shake or blow on the jewelry piece to remove excess liquid, then gently polish with a soft lint-free cloth or chamois.


•Caring For Your Gemstone Jewelry Before You Clean

Cleaning your gemstones after they get dirty is only part of proper care. Pre-use care is also important. Apply your perfumes, colognes, and hairsprays before you put on gemstone jewelry. Not only will these chemicals reduce gem brilliance, the ability to return light, they can be highly destructive to some gems, such as pearls, which react violently to acid and alcohol.

If possible, wear your perfumes and colognes in areas that won’t come in contact with your gems. In the case of pearls, try to keep them out of contact with skin, whether you’re wearing perfume or not. Perspiration is inimical to pearls. If it’s impossible to keep your pearls away from your skin (if they’re on chokers or bracelets, for example), wipe them clean with a damp cloth immediately after wearing them.