Have you ever given thought to estate jewelry? Since estate jewelry refers to previously owned pieces, you're probably wondering why you'd want to pick one of these pieces over a brand new, completely modern piece. Allow us to tell you why.
Why would you choose estate jewelry?
Contrary to popular understanding, estate jewelry doesn't always come from an estate of a deceased and it's not always antique. Jewelry over a century old is antique; some estate jewelry is dated from the 1940s and is considered vintage, and estate jewelry can even mean jewelry less than a year old!
The immediate question is why does estate jewelry stand apart? Simply put, it's the chance to own something truly unique – in style, in craftsmanship, and in availability – a one-of-a-kind piece from a world of incredible historical and cultural beauty.
Whether modern, antique or vintage, many estate jewelry pieces were designed by jewelers according to each patron's tastes. Some of these pieces were painstakingly worked on by hand...which explains both the immense quality of the work, and why they're so unique. Estate jewelry also represents the style of the era it was created in – the jewelry setting itself ,and the technique in which the piece was created. A technique that will have since, either been modified to fit today's mass production requirements, or been lost to time; either way, you don't see it anymore.
Any way you look at it, estate jewelry is timeless and when you wear it, you wear a piece of someone's history, someone's treasure!
How to buy estate jewelryThere are several things to consider when you're looking to buy estate jewelry:
- Find an authentic seller – a good place to start looking is a jeweler who is experienced with estate pieces and has an expansive stock. If you're buying it online, make sure there aren't multiple pieces of your estate piece available!
- Look for a jewelers mark, especially for antique pieces, since almost all pieces before the 1950s were marked in some way.
- Look for patina and wear.
- Think about the price – an authentic estate piece is priced for its heritage; it will be expensive.
As an authentic dealer in estate jewelry, CJ Charles can provide a large variety of choices that may give you that one thing you didn't know you were looking for! Here are some of our favorites:
1890s Antique Flower Diamond Ruby Ring
1950s Sapphire and Pearl Necklace
5ct Emerald Diamond Vintage Ring
Estate Oval Sapphire Diamond Earrings
Yellow Gold Mesh Diamond Bracelet
1960s Estate Diamond Platinum Squirrel Pin
Pearl Enamel pin