Often people are unfamiliar with this term, but it is very simple. Estate jewelry is any jewelry which is not purchased as new. This can include antique jewelry from the 1800s, vintage jewelry from the 1960s, and jewelry as late as the 2010s!
Buying jewelry is half of our business. We buy from customers who walk in the door, other estate jewelry dealers, auctions, jewelry shows, and of course estate sales. This is how we fill our cases instead of by ordering wholesale from designers like conventional jewelry stores. This means that every single one of our pieces is unique.
We firmly believe that the majority of today's jewelry lacks in quality compared to the handmade pieces made before casting was the norm. You are not dealing with a salesperson who is merely selling the latest line from a designer. Instead, you get a team that is highly knowledgeable about craftsmanship, gemology, history, and the intrinsic value of each item. When we do buy newer items, we are cautious about ensuring a high standard of quality.
A unique advantage to buying estate jewelry is the money you'll save. Think of buying new jewelry as purchasing a new car. The minute you drive it off the lot, it loses thousands of dollars in value. When you buy estate jewelry, there is no premium for it being new, so you are buying for much closer to the intrinsic value. So, not only will you save money, but you can feel confident that you are buying from knowledgeable jewelry and gemology professionals.
Our pieces have stood the test of time, and now it's up to you to add to their stories!