Why are people opting for Estate Jewelry?

There is something magical about a piece of jewelry from a bygone era that is willing to tell us its story.

  • What is Estate Jewelry?

  • As gold prices go up, the cost of jewelry manufacturing does too.  Having this in mind, estate jewelry can be a very great option for many people.  Estate jewelry is all types of jewelry that has been previously owned, not necessarily that came from someone's estate.

    Pearl, Diamond & Lapis Lazuli Brooch

    • Advantages
    • Story 

    Every piece comes with a story. All estate pieces have the advantage of having belonged to someone else. As we buy estate pieces we love to inquire about their origin, owner and any special stories attached. Most of the time we are able to gather interesting information, other times they are just estate pieces that people think are not their style.

    • Selection 

    There is a large variety of pieces that are contemporary and those who belong to different eras. Such as the Gregorian Era, which is jewelry made from 1714 to 1837. The Victorian Era is the time for pieces made from 1837 to 1901. Edwardian Era, jewelry made from 1901 to 1915. Art Nouveau Era for jewelry made from 1890 to 1910, Art Deco Era are the pieces made from 1920 to 1945 and finally Retro Era is jewelry made from 1945 to 1950. 

    • Designer Names

    Shopping estate jewelry is like a treasure hunt where sometimes you can find designer pieces at much more attainable prices than new pieces.  You will be surprised what you can find in those jewelry showcases.

    Cartier Reversible Honeymoon Two Tone Bracelet 

    • Value 

    These unique pieces will also retain their value. There will be no devaluation due to the cost of the item being lower than when it was originally purchased. It's not like buying a car where its value drops from the moment you drive off the lot. It's like shopping “guilt free”. 

    •  Quality 

    Most estate pieces have a great quality because they were made at different levels of workmanship. Most of the pieces were made by hand; jewelers were passionate about making pieces and took their time. Even the precious metals they used were much better quality.


    Antique Diamond Open Filigree Brooch


    • The Hunt

    It's a different type of feeling than just regular shopping. It becomes like an adventure and a search for that interesting story of who it belonged to.

    Handmade Enamel Ram earring 

    Faceted Square Citrine & Amethyst Ring

  • Where to buy

    Avoid chain stores and do some research on a jewelry store with superior recommendations & reviews. Also check the time this store has been in business, the longer they have been around, the more reputable it is. Small stores tend to have the most unique hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered.

    At South Miami Jewelers we offer a large selection of Estate Jewelry Collection. We personally buy these items, and we take the time to check them as well as to give them maintenance without changing the original style. We are undoubtedly the right place to buy or sell estate pieces, we have 39 years of experience and one of a kind customer service. Check out our 5-star reviews for yourself.

    Antique Tiffany & Co Yellow Gold Belt Buckle

    August 16, 2022

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