I hope you experience the pleasure of luxury vintage shopping. When its time for vintage jewelry shopping, any jewel you find has surely “lived” an interesting life….but there is a sense of romanticism about becoming its new owner and keeping its journey moving through the ages. As I’ve shared before, each piece of jewelry holds its own unique stories. Imagine a chic debutante wearing your Chanel earrings in the 1960s! Perhaps an elegant world traveler first acquired your Cartier diamond panther cuff. Depending on your source for vintage jewelry, you may be lucky enough to learn who the owner(s) was or receive other special background information about what makes your piece unique.
Treasure Hunting is fun….but CAUTION!The allure of vintage shopping is always linked to the discoveries…but the process can be fun, too! The most important word to keep top-of-mind when treasure hunting for vintage or antique jewelry is “Authentic“. This means you should ASK QUESTIONS! Just because someone is describing a stone as a “beautiful gem”, does not mean it is a genuine gemstone ….it could be glass or a synthetic. The word GOLD needs clarification as well. Ask if it is 14K gold or 14K gold-plated …or gold-filled. Recognizable/signed luxury brands are usually a good bet. Also, pay attention to the Condition! Pre-owned vintage jewelry has its attraction and “worn” has an allure… but beware of broken prongs, small missing gemstones, bends, deep dents or visible repairs.
Worth Noting: Vintage, Antique & EstateVintage has become a popular adjective used by fashionistas, treasure hunters and jewelry collectors…and I love the mystery and allure that surrounds all things Vintage Like the vintage Bvlgari necklace worn by Jessica Chastain in the picture below. Nevertheless, the word “VINTAGE” does have a technical meaning that some jewelers adhere/use (i.e. some, not all). I offer the following traditional definitions as a reminder to my cautionary notes above: You should always ASK QUESTIONS!
Antique – 100 years old or greater
Vintage – 25 to 99 years old
Estate – 24 years old OR LESS….it can be almost new, as long as it was previously-owned.