Estate Jewelry is a term used to describe previously owned jewelry. This jewelry is usually acquired from estates or jewelry that has been sold and is often antique or vintage in nature. Antique jewelry is jewelry that is 100 years old or older, while the term “vintage” includes many decades or eras.
Each era has a different look or design; here are a few of my favorites.
The early years of the Victorian period are described as romantic and sentimental by reflecting the youth, courtship and marriage of the young Queen, Victoria. Jewelry from the Victorian era also features nature inspired designs that are often etched into gold. Lockets and brooches were popular everyday pieces of this era.
Large turquoise brooch favorite type pieces from Victorian Collections. If you’re not much of a brooch wearer, these pieces can also be dropped from a chain to be worn as a large pendant. The size of the turquoise and diamonds makes quite the statement!
The Art Nouveau movement was a short lived yet dramatically recognizable period. It produced some of the most sought-after collectibles in the world today. Art Nouveau jewelry features lines that are flowing, curving, rippling and dynamic.
Many cameo rings perfectly depicts the Art Nouveau period. The peachy-pink color and soft free flowing lines makes this the perfect piece for the hopeless romantic.
Art Deco Jewelry depicts the modern age. Designs are streamlined, geometric, symmetric, and highly stylized. Diamonds were very popular during this time and were often used with rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
Cool and artsy, hand carved green onyx and diamond earrings are common and nothing short of dramatic. Geometric symmetry combines with feminine laciness to play tribute to the Jazz Age of flappers and speakeasies.