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What is Estate Jewelry
Estate jewelry is a term used to describe previously owned jewelry, and this jewelry is usually acquired from estates or jewelry that has been sold and is often antique or vintage in nature. This term encompasses all second-hand jewelry, regardless of whether it could be defined as antique or vintage. The item could be less than a month old and it could still be considered estate jewelry.
What does Estate, Antique, or Vintage Jewelry Mean
As I have discussed above, estate jewelry is any piece of jewelry that is pre-owned. It could be from the 21st century or hundreds of years old.
And it can be:
- Antique, or vintage
- Has been in the family a long time, or
- Belonged to a deceased person
Antique Jewelry is the term used for any piece of jewelry that is over 100 years old. Many art deco pieces from the 1920s are now considered antique, especially those made in the earlier part of the decade. When an item is called “antique” by a reliable dealer, you can rest assured that the heirloom is very old.
Vintage Jewelry is called for those pieces of jewelry that has to be at least 20 to 30 years old to be considered vintage. This could be anything made during the 1990s or earlier. Vintage is probably the most common term of the three since it encompasses a large collection of periods when jewelry was mass-produced.
Two of the most notable types of vintage jewelry are from the:
- Art Deco Period
- Retro Period
Periods of Estate Jewelry
Estate jewelry can come from any design period. With the storied past of jewelry and humanity, there are countless eras, traditions, and cultures that can be identified. However, these are some of the major jewelry eras.
- Georgian Period – from early 1700s to 1830s
- Victorian Period – from the 1830s to 1901 with the reign of Queen Victoria
- Arts and Crafts – from 1890 to 1915 followed on the tail of the Industrial Revolution
- Edwardian Period – was between 1901 and 1920
- Art Nouveau – was between 1895 and 1915 when France was experiencing “La Belle Epoque”
- Art Deco – from 1920 to 1939
- Retro – from 1935 to 1950, a time of war and then recovery around the world
- Mid-century – includes the 1950s and early 1960s
- The Sixties – is from mid-to-late 1960s
- 21st Century – from 2001 up to this date
Why Do We Buy Estate Diamond Jewelry
Here are five reasons why we buy estate diamond jewelry:
- Estate jewelry is pre-owned and it allows for even the most contemporary of items because of this, we often buy it at a more advantageous price than newly manufactured pieces.
- Estate jewelry has a durability which makes it a lasting investment. Though minor repairs might be needed from time to time, the precious metals and gemstones that form these jewelries can last throughout a lifetime.
- Estate jewelry spans pieces made over the course of multiple centuries. Whether it is from Georgian period or the 21st century as long as it is pre-owned, it can qualify as estate jewelry.
- Every single item of estate jewelry has a special history and provenance.
- Each piece of jewelry is a unique object of art indicative of both a specific aesthetic and the artist who crafted the item.
How We Evaluate Estate Diamond Jewelry
This is how we evaluate your estate diamond jewelries.
- Rarity – rarity and uniqueness influence demand for an item, and demand is a major determinant of jewelry’s value.
- Who Made It – those jewelries manufactured by a high end company like Cartier will likely be worth more than mass produced jewelry.
- Materials – the value of the individual materials that make up your jewelry are a huge factor in determining its worth.
- Damage – some estate diamond jewelries are not in good condition and probably have scratches, cracks, or chips
Thinking of selling your estate diamonds? Consider it selling to us, we will give you a fair assessment for each piece. Just fill the free quote form and send us a picture, and we will give you an estimate for it.