Sharing new ways to wear antique jewelry!
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sugar et Cie offers an amazing collection of antique, vintage, and modern jewels. We are members of the American Society of Jewelry Historians (ASJH).
Our Product Offerings: Antique, Vintage, Estate, & Modern Jewelry
We hand-select unique gems and jewels from the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco periods, in addition to other high-quality pieces from the 40's through the 60's. We test and research each piece to provide you with information on the origin, date, and condition so that you can purchase with confidence. Our goal is to become your personal jeweler that you can go to any time you want a one-of-a-kind piece.
While we specialize in English, French, and American antique jewelry, we do offer pieces from all over the U.K. and the European continent. No need to worry about the hassles of travel, trying to find the best sources, or shipping your jewelry home. We’ve done all of that for you.
Mixing, Matching, Layering
We love to combine the old with the new and pair antique pieces from the same or different periods and/or combine them with new components (all carefully noted in the individual descriptions). Antique gold lockets dangling from new strands of lustrous pearls or vintage diamond, sapphire or ruby pins mounted on stingray cuffs are just a few of our favorite creations.
We also love showcasing unique and beautiful gems through minimalist and modern designs. You might find iridescent baroque pearls hanging from white gold wire or a large purple amethyst floating in a sea of hot pink sapphires. We select each gem for some unique or particular attribute (shape, color, size etc.) that we think would make an eye-catching jewel.
There are so many reasons to love antique jewelry; it’s hard to narrow it down to just one or two. Maybe that’s why so many people are so very passionate about it. Here are just some of the reasons we do what we do:
We at Sugar et Cie, think the luxury of an item is measured by the quality of the material, the level of workmanship, and whether or not it is unique. Antique jewelry was often made one at a time. Prior to the Industrial Revolution's impact on the jewelry industry, pieces were made in smaller quantities and by hand. This practice was continued by some of the finer jewelers into the 20th century and still today. The hand engraving and other fine details found on these pieces are becoming more rare and can be prohibitively expensive to reproduce today.
Mixing antique and vintage pieces into a modern wardrobe creates a style and personality that is difficult to imitate. Some people think all antique jewelry is overdone, fussy, and old-fashioned -- like something you remember your grandmother wearing. If you are new to antique jewelry, you might be surprised to find that many rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. have clean, geometric lines. We love to layer Victorian gold or silver link chains or stack multiple jeweled Art Deco bracelets and wear them with jeans, heels and a vintage leather jacket.
It's Good for the Environment
Owning an older piece of jewelry is essentially recycling very precious elements and in some cases preserving pieces of art. Even the one of-a-kind jewels that Sugar et Cie creates by mixing and matching pieces, or creating new ones, have a minimal carbon footprint. Our jeweler is local, works on one piece at a time in, and does it mostly by hand.
There's a Story
When you pick up a Victorian bangle bracelet with an engraved message or see an engagement ring with a glittering old cut diamond, it makes you think about the story behind the jewel. Who owned it (maybe a starlet from the 20’s)? Was it given as a token of love? And where has it been hiding out all of these years?
Elizabeth Taylor, a great lover of and collector of amazing jewels said:
"In truth, we 'owners' are just the caretakers. Nobody owns beautiful paintings.
Nobody ever owns anything that is beautiful. We are only the guardians."
So Enough About Us!
We’d like to know if you feel the same way about collecting beautiful and unique jewels. Do you have a story about a special piece that you found or received? How do you like to wear your antique and modern jewels? Comment on our Instagram page, send us your pictures and stories, and visit our blog to see what's new.