Estate Jewelry & Vintage Jewelry
At Gray & Sons, we offer an expertly curated collection of estate jewelry. Featuring antique, vintage, as well as modern jewelry, our estate jewelry range includes signature pieces from the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Retro and Contemporary.
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Vintage Estate Jewelry
Jewelry has to be at least 20 to 30 years old to be considered vintage. This could be anything made during the 1990s or earlier. Vintage is probably the most common term of the three ( estate, vintage, antique) since it encompasses a large collection of periods when jewelry was produced. Would an engagement ring from the 1800s be considered vintage? Technically speaking, yes. Although instead of classifying the ring as vintage, most dealers would call the ring antique so they can highlight just how old the ring is. What about your grandmother's engagement ring from the 1940s? That would be considered a vintage engagement ring.
Estate jewelry is any piece of jewelry that is used. This term encompasses all second-hand jewelry, regardless of whether it could be defined as antique or vintage. The item could be less than a month old and it could still be considered estate jewelry.
For example, say you got engaged four years ago with a brand new diamond ring, but you decided to call off the wedding. Last week you finally sold your ring to a jeweler. When reselling the ring, the jeweler would classify this ring as a piece of estate jewelry. Instead of describing all used pieces as estate jewelry, dealers usually limit this term to jewelry that was made within the last 30 years. Anytime this term is used to describe a piece of jewelry that may look like it's much older than this, inquire to verify the exact age with the seller. Sometimes the use of the term “estate” can be a reproduction indicator. It is safe to assume that whenever a dealer says “estate” without any other mention of the item's age, that piece of jewelry is not very old at all.
Estate Designer Jewelry
Jewelry is considered “Estate Designer Jewelry” if the piece of jewelry in question has a previous owner and is a designer brand. However, contrary to common belief—the previous owner of a piece of estate designer jewelry may very well still be alive. While the previous owners of a considerable percentage of estate designer jewelry have indeed passed away, the vitality of the previous owner has nothing to do with a piece of jewelry’s status as estate jewelry. Another common misconception in the world of estate designer jewelry—age has nothing to do with whether or not a piece of jewelry is classified as “Estate”. Although many estate pieces on the market today may be 50, 100, even 150+ years old, age is not a determining factor when it comes to classifying estate designer jewelry. The two most important factors in classifying pieces as estate designer jewelry are if it pertains to a designer brand and if it has a previous owner.
You may be wondering how Gray and Sons Jewelers comes into play. Gray and Sons is not your typical jeweler. Most pieces here at Gray and Sons are actually estate pieces from owners who are no longer enjoying their pieces and are looking to pass them on to people who can actually enjoy them and give them a renewed life. Just as an example, browse our superb selection of estate diamond rings with GIA certificates. There are no man made diamonds, otherwise known as lab grown diamonds here at Gray and Sons. From wedding bands, bracelets, necklaces, broches, pendants and more. Gray and Sons is your one stop shop for watches and jewelry of all kinds such as jewelry with rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls. We do not only carry stones, but precious metals not limited to platinum, 18k white, yellow and rose gold.
A piece of jewelry is considered “Antique” if it is over 100 years old. In general, antique jewelry is crafted with a superior level of craftsmanship from higher-quality materials, compared to modern pieces found on the market today. However, due to the relative scarcity and sheer age of jewelry by the time it can be classified as “antique”, the majority of antique jewelry is too valuable to be worn or at times even displayed.
Art Deco Jewelry
Art Deco is a style that emerged in 1925, a result of exhibits at the World's Fair held in Paris, France. The term Art Deco is a shortened form of the event's name: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts). Certain design elements are consistent throughout period pieces, making it easy to identify cars, fashions, and even buildings. Authentic jewelry from this period was made between 1920 and 1935 and has at least one, sometimes all, of the following traits: platinum or white gold, old european cut diamonds, geometric design, caliber cut stones, and filigree. The jewelry styles remained popular through the late 1930s and have since reemerged as one of the most popular antique jewelry styles.
Jewelry of the Art Nouveau period was popular between 1890 and 1910. The Art Nouveau movement influenced the fine arts, architecture, and decorative arts as well as applied art. Characterized by such elements as curving lines, motifs of flora and fauna, and materials like enamel, Art Nouveau jewelry was also inspired by design artists as opposed to jewelers that simply set precious gemstones. For this reason, the artistic features of jewelry from this period are unique and remain utterly captivating today.
Retro jewelry refers to pieces created in the late 1930s and 1940s, a period during which jewelry designers were largely influenced by the changes accompanying World War II. As the name of the period suggests, these designs reflect an infusion of futuristic vision with elements inspired by preceding periods, encompassing a variety of gemstones, shapes, and materials.
Edwardian jewelry is known for representing femininity while incorporating a lot of the color white. Think diamonds, pearls and white metals like platinum and white gold. Diamonds often had an Old Mine or European cut and sapphires were a popular choice for a pop of color. This era was also a time when diamond engagement rings began to gain popularity in society. Similar to today's styles, Edwardian rings usually featured a large center diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds or sapphires on the side or as a halo. They also featured a lot of beautiful and intricate filigree detailing. High class women loved a particular style of engagement ring that stretched vertically down their finger.
Victorian jewelry originated in England. Victorian jewelry was produced during the reign of Queen Victoria, whose reign lasted from 1837 to 1901. Queen Victoria was an influential figure who established the different trends in Victorian jewelry. The amount of jewelry acquired throughout the Victorian era established a person’s identity and status. Within the Victorian period, jewelry consisted of a diverse variety of styles and fashions. These periods can be categorized into three distinct timeframes: The Romantic period, the Grand period and the Aesthetic period.
Estate, Antique, and Vintage Jewelry Styles
Antique jewelry typically refers to pieces that are at least 100 years old while vintage jewelry is one that is at least twenty years old. In regards to antique and vintage jewelry, there are some key periods in history that produced incredible jewelry styles that are still very much in demand today. Prized for their timeless aesthetics, here are some the most popular ones.
Gregorian Jewelry - Circa 1710-1830
Victorian Jewelry – Circa 1830-1900s
Art Nouveau Jewelry - Circa 1880-1910
Edwardian Jewelry - Circa 1901-1915
Art Deco Jewelry - Circa 1920-1930s
Retro Jewelry - Circa 1939-1950s
Mid-Century Jewelry – Circa 1950-1960s
Modern/Contemporary Jewelry – Circa 1970s-onwards
We Repair, Sell and Buy
Gray & Sons is proud to be one of the best jewelry repair companies in Miami. We have been the go-to place to restore designer, estate, and vintage jewelry pieces in Miami Beach and Bal Habour area for decades. However, we are not limited to just our region. In fact, we accept jewelry repairs from all over the country.
Our knowledge and expertise allow us to carefully inspect, refurbish, and restore any pre-owned jewelry that we receive to like-new condition prior to offering it for sale on our website. Furthermore, our prices for secondhand jewelry are unbeatable. Of all this translates to top-quality estate, antique, and vintage jewels at deeply discounted prices. And don’t forget, since we are always buying, our inventory is updated every day, so check back regularly to find that perfect and unique jewel to add to your collection.
Sell Us Your Vintage, Antique, or Estate Jewelry
If you have some estate, antique, or vintage jewelry that you would like to sell, then look no further than Gray & Sons. Whether you own yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, silver, or platinum jewelry that you would like to sell, we will buy immediately, or for more money. Our consignment program boasts high success rates thanks to the comprehensive strategy we undertake to market our jewelry through our website, online communication, social media platforms, as well as our monthly print catalog. We accept necklaces, pendants, rings, bracelets, bangles earrings, brooches, chokers, tennis bracelets, diamond hoop earrings, cufflinks, pins, diamond studs, and almost any other jewelry piece. Furthermore, our in-house jewelry experts and certified gemologists are trained to deal with a wide array of precious gems—from emeralds to sapphires to rubies to aquamarine to GIA-certified diamonds—as well as pearls.
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