Recent media coverage of the Duchess of Cambridge at the Kings Cup Regatta was a study in nautical chic. Just like us, Duchess Kate sported striped Ts with wide-legged trousers, cargo shorts with windbreakers, and white sneakers. Kate’s classic maritime looks have inspired me to renew my longtime search for vintage and collectible nautical jewelry. Care to join me?
Throw Me an Anchor
Nautical motifs such as anchors, sailboats, ropes and buoys are mainstays of summer fashions, yes. But they also star in midwinter cruise wear collections and that coveted but elusive “French Girl Style” associated with Coco Chanel. As such, vintage designer and collectible nautical jewelry is wearable all year ‘round.
Try anchoring your gold chain collection with a charm or locket in the shape of a ship’s anchor…a bold but whimsical look that will never go out of fashion. I adore this heavy 18K gold Antique Victorian Locket inlaid with beautiful royal blue enamel and wrapped in a gold rope motif. It’s $676 on 1stDibs.com.
This Vintage Cartier 18K Gold Diamond-Set Nautical Rope and Anchor Brooch is a significant investment at $15,000. The rare and dramatic Antique Mid-Victorian Anchor Bracelet in blue is $15,595. Both covetable pieces are available on 1stDibs.
In the Navy
Here’s an impressive antique enamel and 15K Yellow Gold Royal Navy Reserve Regimental Brooch from the British Navy.
It hails from the extensive 1stDibs Antique Jewelry and Estate Collections and is priced at $982.
Collectible Nautical Jewelry for Men
These two nautical styles from 1stDibs are suitable for men as well as women. Crafted in the 1970s, the Gucci-style Classic Sterling Silver Anchor Link Bracelet is 8″ long. It can be yours for $375. The 14K Gold Nautical Cufflinks are $3,200.
Take the Wheel
These vintage Ship’s Wheel Earrings in White Enamel and Gold Tone Metal are classic collectibles; only $20 from Nautical Jewelry Beach Boating on Etsy.
The 1950s Ship’s Wheel Pendant in 14K gold would make a welcome addition to any necklace stack. Layer it on! $1,300 at 1stDibs.
Ropes, Buoys, and More Nautical Jewelry Collectibles