Estate Jewelry- What’s Old is New

December 1st, 2013 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG
Art Deco pend


This spectacular pendant from the early 20th century highlights a parade of items new to our estate department. At 2 1/2 inches long, it’s just killer.  We haven’t quite decided just when it was made. The overall look is Art Deco, but the delicacy of the fabricated design suggests perhaps the Edwardian period. Regardless of its age, this grand 18K white gold dazzler is impressive and sure to catch the eye.

Edwardian bar pin


Our expert jewelers restored this lovely Edwardian pin. Hand made of platinum, it features a nice quality Old European center diamond accented with bright single cut diamonds and beautiful hand engraving. Sophisticated and elegant, the brooch will make a great statement for the professional woman. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright famously wore pins and brooches to suit the diplomatic tasks of her day.



A striking example of the Art Deco style , our 18K white gold ring is set with bright Old Euro diamonds contrasted with calibre cut synthetic blue sapphires. Curiously, fine jewelry pieces from this period were usually set with synthetic sapphires rather than natural stones.

Cartier Solitaire




These classic platinum solitaires are from two of the most famous jewelry houses in the world, Cartier and Tiffany. Both carry ideal cut stones of very high quality. The Tiffany diamond even has the Tiffany logo laser etched on a star facet!

Both are perfect for the bride who wants a ring from a famous designer and the groom who doesn’t want to pay the designer price. The original sales receipt from Cartier for the brilliant 1.04 carat VVS2 G set in platinum showed the price paid at over $18,000 US. It is being offered for just $9450!

Jadeite&diamond earrings


These gorgeous well matched jadeite cabochons are suspended on earrings of yellow gold. The rows of beautifully articulated diamonds swing gently. The intense apple green color and soft texture of the jades is subtle yet striking.




For anyone who loves a big diamond and a great bargain (and who doesn’t), this light yellow round brilliant set in a contemporary halo setting of white gold is sure to please– Less than $6000 for a full 2 carat stone set in the white gold mounting studded with 1/2 ct of diamonds!

The really interesting thing about estate jewelry is the constant variety we see and the history these pieces represent. As active buyers of vintage jewelry, we’re constantly challenged to know what we’re buying as well as what is a fair price to the seller as well as to the ultimate consumer. If you are looking for a quality vintage item or have jewelry to sell, stop by our shop– we love to show and tell.





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