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 and design; here are some of the timeless eras that withstand the test of time:
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 this era also features designs etched into gold including lockets and brooches.
ART NOUVEAU ERA
The Art Nouveau movement was a short-lived yet dramatically recognizable period. It produced some of the most sought-after collectibles in the world. Art Nouveau jewelry features lines that are flowing, curving, rippling and dynamic.
ART DECO ERA
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.