What is estate jewelry?

It’s important to know the differences between certain estate jewelry and how they are classified. Estate jewelry is technically defined as any jewelry that is pre-owned, however, the term is usually used in regards to jewelry that is part of a deceased individual’s overall estate. They are often pieces of jewelry that have distinct pieces and designs from decades before. It is quite common for estate jewelry to be passed down generation after generation. Many of these pieces were crafted in the 1800s and 1900s. There are two main ways to classify estate jewelry: Antique or Vintage. Here are the defining factors between the two.

Antique Jewelry

Antique jewelry pieces are at least a century old. These are universally the most collectible. The main features that decide the price of antique jewelry are rarity, design, age, and provenance. It’s truly captivating to imagine that these items were crafted over 100 years ago. The majority of antique jewelry pieces that we see, on a monthly basis, are from the USA or Europe.

Vintage Jewelry

Vintage jewelry items were made within the last 100 years. They can be classified as 20 years or older. They are often collectibles due to them not being mass-produced. Currently, the 1930s to 1980s are the ages of vintage jewelry that are highly sought out.



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