Estate Jewelry – Pennies, Pounds or Dollars

Estate JewelryWe get people who come in here with bags full of jewelry that have been left behind by loved ones. Sometimes they have hung on to these pieces for years due to nostalgia and sometimes it was due to forgetfulness or pure laziness.  Sometimes people bring things in right away because they have a need that can only be met by liquidating these precious goods immediately.

It doesn’t matter how long it takes the jewelry to end up in one big pile on my desk, what does matter is that you can recognize whether what you have is vintage, retro or trash. I have so many people who are sure that their pile is worth millions, when the truth is, it might be worth pennies, pounds or even dollars.  [Read more...]

Estate Jewelry: Trash or Cash

Estate JewelryWe have all watched the show, Antiques Roadshow, and thought about all the old things hanging around our house and garage, wondering if we could hit the mother lode on any one piece. The same goes for estate jewelry. Whether it’s in pouches and protected or in knots and jumbled in a drawer, you could have a pile of cash or trash

According to Wikipedia, estate jewelry is:

… previously owned jewelry, usually acquired from estates of deceased or living, and private entities. Generally referring to jewelry that is of vintage and/or antique nature. The word “estate” in “estate jewelry” does not refer to jewelry coming from the estate of the deceased. Estate simply means previously owned.

How do you know if what you have is worth any money in the bank or if it is just a pretty bauble to wear and enjoy or give to your daughter or granddaughter to play dress up with?  And, why would you want to know if what you own is worth any money? [Read more...]