Estate Jewelry – Jewelry With A Past…

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By Roberta Kozak, Owner,

Jewelry Exchange Of Delaware

One of Liz Taylors great passion in life was Estate Jewelry….  and with good reason. Estate Jewelry is the true gem of the Jewelry world… Whether referring to an Antique Brooch from the 1800’s, a Vintage piece of Costume from the 1950’s or a Pre owned Designer piece from the past few years…  Estate Jewelry encompasses unique finds and great deals alike.

What is Estate Jewlery?… The basic definition of Estate Jewelry is Jewelry that has been previously owned.  However, today many people confuse Estate Jewelry with Vintage Jewelry and Antique Jewelry.

Antique Jewelry

Antique jewelry or the term antique is used to mean different things. The most accepted definition is any object that is over 100 years old in age. Of late, some use the term to mean anything over 75 years old.

Vintage Jewelry

Vintage is a term applied to objects or jewelry of some age. Usually people think of vintage in relation to items with an age of at least 25 years old, but again this is not consistent – it can vary from person to person or dealer to dealer. Vintage jewelry is frequently applied to jewelry from, say the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s.

Estate Jewelry

Estate essentially means that the Jewelry has been previously owned. However, Estate when used in conjunction with jewelry or objects can be a broad term. It traditionally has meant anything of value coming from an estate, family or person that has been owned and is now sold again. This could mean that someone purchased a ring last year, decided to sell it, and the term “estate” might be applied to it. It could also refer to an elderly woman who opts to sell her great-grandmother’s jewelry, and thus this jewelry might be of an age to be considered antique.


Excellent selection, great locations, and fabulous customer service before and after the sale.

– Roseann Smith,  Greenville, De

Jewelry Exchange of Delaware helped me find the perfect engagement ring for a price within my budget. Their attention to detail and customer service is excellent! I will definitely be revisiting them for my future jewelry needs.