You have probably heard jewelry described in many various ways, including antique, vintage, art deco, modern, and estate. Trusted jewelry experts can help you classify your jewelry item to help you better understand its characteristics. But what if you need to understand and describe your item to your jewelry reseller for an evaluation? We’re here to help you out.
Described by age, antique jewelry is classified as any item over 100 years old. This includes period predating the Edwardian period (1900-1920), and doesn’t include art-deco styles (a style that emerged in 1925).
Vintage jewelry can include the style of dated eras including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro and Mid-Century styles. For a piece to be considered vintage, it should be iconic of its time period (distinct setting characteristics and style details).
Defined as pre-owned jewelry that came from an estate, this jewelry is usually accessed from an estate liquidation. This usually happens when an individual’s property is being sold or auctioned off due to down-sizing, acquisition, or the individual has passed away. This also includes family heirlooms, when a jewelry item is passed from generation to generation in a family. There are great opportunities to find rare, collectible antique or vintage jewelry pieces at local estate sales.
Modern jewelry follows the current trends of inventive design, including clean, minimalistic lines, halos, bezel settings, mixed metals, new gemstone orientations (east-west), new cuts, and other distinct contemporary styles.
Now that you have a better understanding of the different styles of jewelry, you can provide an accurate description of your piece for the best cash offer.
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