What is Estate Jewelry?

Estate Jewelry Rings and Bracelets


The question many ask is what is estate jewelry? It is any piece of jewelry that was previously owned, whether it was passed down through a family or purchased at a resale jewelry shop. This can include vintage and antique pieces and more modern styles. Many people prize estate jewelry for its special and distinctive qualities, as a story is often attached to each piece. Not only do these pieces have charm, but their history and one-of-a-kind personalities make estate jewelry our personal favorites.

Don’t worry, we can hear those questions swimming around your head. Why buy estate jewelry when you can own a new piece? Well, many people enjoy wearing estate jewelry for various reasons. We’ll highlight a few below.



Jewelry is a great way to own a classic piece without spending the same amount of money as you would on a brand-new piece. It is typically less expensive than buying new, and many buyers find purchasing pre-owned jewelry for a fraction of the cost thrilling.

Similarly, we have all heard the names Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Rolex, and Harry Winston in the jewelry and watch industry. These designers carry a hefty price tag because of their name, and oftentimes their popular products have customers waitlisted. Many people who own designer pieces often tire of their jewelry or need to sell them to a reputable jewelry store or place them on consignment. The patient and thrifty buyer can then find pre-owned designer jewelry at a fraction of the cost. It’s important to note that sometimes the original owner might include an original box or receipt when selling, and the jewelry store or pawn shop can sell the item with the original packaging making it more valuable to the customer.


Tired of walking into the mall and finding the same cookie-cutter fashions? Finding out that you and your friend Jessica have the same exact engagement ring bought at that famous, big named store is no fun for anyone. Go ahead and blow the classic jewelry horns! You don’t have to fret twinning with Jessica when you search for estate jewelry, especially if it is vintage jewelry.

Vintage and Antique Jewelry is usually classified as any piece that is 100 years old or older. The chances of someone you know having that exact same piece are pretty low AND you get bonus conversation points.

estate jewelry bracelet


There are so many beautiful vintage jewelry pieces that date back to the early 1700s (and even farther. No, really!). And the style has drastically changed over the years.

Jewelry pieces in the right era could literally have gleamed around ballrooms, grasped a gun in a civil war, or graced the wrists or a Lord or Lady at some point in time. (Making you pretty much royalty yourself. Cool right?)

So what time periods had which jewelry? Here is a quick rundown of some epic period jewelry over time:

Georgian Era (1714-1837) This era’s jewelry was characterized by ribbons, bows and foliage and was hand crafted by artisans.

The Victorian Era (1837-1901) A popular style in Queen Victoria’s reign, this jewelry was created with a romantic and ornate design.

Edwardian Era (1900-1915) This style, popular among the upper European and US classes, put a premium on precious stones and metals.

Art Nouveau (1890-1910) This era’s jewelry was largely free-flowing lines and natural motifs after being engendered by the art movement.

Art Deco Era (1920-1945) The Victorian era was a time of great innovation and fashion, characterized by unique geometric patterns and colors.

Retro Era (1939-1950) This era was famous for sculptured floral designs and bows in gold or rose gold, as well as technical motifs in the jewelry.

A trusted jewelry store has beautifully crafted pieces from each era showcased and can tell you the hallmarks of each style.

estate rings on a ring box


Looking for where to find this jewelry? You can always type in How to buy estate jewelry near me in Google, or you can check us out at Arnold Jewelers. We specialize in estate and vintage jewelry and we can ship around the world.

Looking for that perfect period piece, an estate jewelry engagement ring or designer jewelry? We have a wonderful variety for you with knowledgeable, GIA-certified gemologists to help you with any inquiries you may have.


Have a piece of jewelry that has been in the family for ages, but it is completely not your style? We get it! Did you know that Arnold Jewelers buys estate jewelry too?

We offer fair market value for your estate jewelry in-store or online. It’s quick and easy and you could leave with cash in hand! There is nothing more magic than turning your unwanted jewelry into cash.

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