Estate Jewelry

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Defining Antique, Vintage, and Estate Jewelry

It is common practice in the jewelry industry to use the labels "antique," "vintage," and "estate" to describe older items of exquisite jewelry. What constitutes vintage jewelry and antique jewelry? Many people wonder about this, and the answer differs from what we would say about ancient vehicles or buildings.
However, not every piece of estate jewelry is classified as vintage or antique; only a small percentage is. The difference between antique and vintage jewelry is based on the time period in which it was manufactured.

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"Estate Jewelry" Can Often Be a Misleading Term

Because the phrases "vintage" and "estate" might be misconstrued, it's crucial to know how trusted dealers use them and how unreliable sellers do so that you don't end up wasting your money on a replica.

For example, even if it is legally estate jewelry, a reputable antique dealer would not label a 300-year-old cameo an "estate cameo."
Instead, a reputable dealer would simply refer to the item as an "antique cameo" to prevent any misunderstanding on the part of the customer.

To trick an inexperienced customer into believing that a brand-new replica that appears just like a 300-year-old cameo is an "estate cameo," an untrustworthy dealer can term it an "estate cameo."

If you're unsure about what kind of estate jewelry you're dealing with, seek the advice of an expert you can rely on. Fashion and trends repeat themselves from time to time, therefore it requires a great deal of refinement and knowledge to date an item appropriately.

Wrapping Up

Exploring old jewelry pieces and diving into their history can be a very exciting thing! Vintage jewelry offers a great way for you to make a personalized style statement while wearing pieces that have their own history.

However, it's essential to remember that not every piece of vintage or antique-looking jewelry is legitimate, and there are countless reproduction pieces out there too. Always be on the lookout for imitations or "revival" jewelry, which are imitations of historical jewelry styles. Cheaper materials and poor craftsmanship are typically a dead giveaway, even if they are difficult to spot in the first place.

If you've come across a piece, you really like but are unsure about how old it is, taking it to a professional appraiser or jeweler can also help you to establish whether or not the piece is genuine.