Estate jewelry is jewelry that is pre-owned. It can come from different time periods and several pieces may differ from one another greatly.
Estate jewelry pieces are not necessarily old and can include fine and costume jewelry from any era.
The term “estate jewelry” refers to the fact that the jewelry is often part of the estate of someone who has passed away; in some cases, the previous owner just may have decided to sell his or her own items. Sometimes the terms “estate jewelry,” “antique jewelry” and “vintage jewelry” seem to be used interchangeably; however, these terms have different meaning
People often confuse estate jewelry with antique jewelry. Estate jewelry is just a pre-owned piece. Antique jewelry has to be at least 100 years old to be classified as antique jewelry. Although antique jewelry may be estate jewelry, estate jewelry is not always necessarily antique jewelry.
Vintage jewelry can be described as jewelry that has been around long enough to come back in style. In the fashion world, this usually happens every 20-25 years.
Here are a few examples of pieces I have that classify as estate jewelry.
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Berman's Jewelers • Frederick Crossing Shopping Center (St. John's Lane & Frederick Road)
3570 St. John's Lane Ellicott City, MD 21042 • Tel: 410-480-2090 • Toll Free: 1-800-787-7464