Estate jewellery is a term used to describe previously owned jewellery. This jewellery is usually acquired from estates or jewellery that has been sold and is often antique or vintage in nature. Antique jewellery is classified as jewellery that is 100 years old or older, while the term “vintage” includes many decades or eras.
Estate vs Antique vs Vintage Jewellery
Jewellery is considered “Estate” if the piece of jewellery in question has a previous owner. However, contrary to common belief—the previous owner of a piece of estate jewellery may very well still be alive. While the previous owners of a considerable percentage of estate jewellery have indeed passed away, the vitality of the previous owner has nothing to do with a piece of jewellery’s status as estate jewellery. Another common misconception in the world of estate jewellery—age has nothing to do with whether or not a piece of jewellery is classified as “Estate”. Although many estate pieces on the market today may be 50, 100, even 150+ years old, age is not a determining factor when it comes to classifying estate jewellery.
A piece of jewellery is considered “Antique” if it is over 100 years old. In general, antique jewellery is crafted with a superior level of craftsmanship from higher-quality materials, compared to modern pieces found on the market today. However, due to the relative scarcity and sheer age of jewellery by the time it can be classified as “antique”, the majority of antique jewellery is too valuable to be worn or at times even displayed.
On the other hand, a piece of jewellery is considered “vintage” if it is between 50 years old and 100 years old. Unlike antique jewellery, vintage pieces are often worn and displayed, as they are less likely to break. Vintage jewellery designs are also easier to incorporate into fashion-forward outfits to create unique statements—as vintage jewellery designs are relatively current, easily paring with today’s hottest trends while adding an extra flair to any outfit!
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