Antique, Vintage, And Estate Jewelry: Collectible Treasures We All Want To Get Our Hands On

Antique, Vintage, And Estate Jewelry: Collectible Treasures We All Want To Get Our Hands On

As we’ve mentioned before, jewelry has always been something we’ve loved because of its beauty, craftsmanship, and the art which goes into it. Even so, while we love contemporary accessories, the truth is that exclusive estate jewelry pieces are even more valuable and prestigious.
There’s one factor that can affect the value of a piece immensely — its age. So, today we’ll help you understand the different terms and art periods we use to define the age and exclusivity of jewelry marked by the most inspiring eras.
What is the difference between vintage, antique, and estate jewelry?
You may have heard the terms antique, vintage, and estate used when talking about jewelry. That’s because, like other types of collector’s pieces, the more rare and preserved a jewelry piece is, the more desired it becomes. 
Estate Jewelry defines any jewelry pre-owned for any period. Scarcity, conservation, and designer names are some of the main aspects that play into the value of an estate piece.  
Antique clay medallion
As for vintage versus antique, there is a debate over the age limit, but it’s generally accepted that antique jewelry must be at least 100 years old while vintage jewelry must be at least 20 years old.
In practice, jewelry pieces crafted before 1980 can be considered vintage, but since this term is often used generically, we’re going to explore the periods in-depth together.  
Estate Jewelry   
jewelry professional evaluation

The value of Estate jewelry depends on the market demand and the characteristics which make a piece unique and unobtainable. If you’d like to know more about how to get your estate jewelry appraised, you should start by gathering documents, old photographs, certificates, engravings, and other details from former owners. 

Reputable jewelry stores, like Lamon Jewelers, can help you pinpoint the age and value of an estate piece accurately with a professional evaluation, provide you with unique and appraised estate pieces, and purchase your estate piece, depending on the market demand.
Vintage Estate Jewelry

Vintage jewelry gets more valuable and rarer as time passes, and eventually it becomes antique, making it a great investment and the focus of many collectors who see its potential.
Jewelry of more than 30 years is sometimes called “true vintage,” and jewelry under 20 years old, “new vintage.” Jewelry crafted between the 1920s and 1980s includes designs from the Retro Era, such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco, which are admired for their unique inspiration and use of materials.

Edwardian jewelry is very elegant, with designs that explore fragility with graceful curves, resulting in a lacy effect of light metalwork that seemed to make jewelry float.

Pearls and platinum were frequently used in Edwardian jewelry. Bows, moons, stars, and scrolls were common motifs depicted using large center stones, many diamonds, and milgrain patterns.
victorian jewelry

One of the first aspects which come to mind when we think about Victorian jewelry is colorful gemstones. Victorians also loved hearts, floral motifs, and various shapes which held different meanings, like the love knot for romantic feelings, or a weeping willow for mourning. The depth of emeralds and rubies was explored with large, roughly cut stones.

Secret compartments such as lockets and knot rings were favorites. Cameos, medallions, and brooches were also very popular. Snakes and ivy were also prevalent in the jewelry of this time. The artwork leaves us breathless and still inspires many jewelry designers to this day.

Estate Jewelry in Knoxville and Maryville, TN

Lamon Jewelers’ professionals are well versed in antique jewelry. If you wish to know how much your estate, antique, or vintage jewelry is worth, you can bring it to our experts for evaluation. We always ensure a qualified and transparent service.
If you’d like to be the new owner of unique estate Jewelry, visit us to browse our handpicked showcase. We offer jewelry of complex craftsmanship and rarity, which will absolutely leave collectors satisfied.
Whatever period inspires you the most, we can help you find jewelry styles we rarely see worn today. Don’t forget to follow Lamon Jewelers’ Facebook and Instagram pages for our latest updates and unique jewelry inspiration.