The Beauty of Estate Jewlery Stands the Test of Time
For centuries, jewelry has been the signature of great power and wealth. King Tut wore lavish crown jewels, necklaces and rings. Marie Antoinette sewed jewels into the bodices of her garments.
Jewelry has always helped define an era. The techniques and materials used in manufacturing jewelry during a particular period of time reflects that era’s market influences and world events.
Today, estate jewelry – jewelry that has been previously owned – is more popular than ever with collectors as well as consumers looking for original, high-quality designer pieces. What’s hot? Brooches – the bigger and flashier, the better – platinum and white metal, cocktail rings and watches.
“Watches from yesteryear are in high demand today because of their rarity and uniqueness,” said Tom Kowal, director of retail operations at Ross-Simons Jewelers. “Many customers seek out styles no longer in production from the famous-name watch manufacturers of today in order to stand out from the crowd.”
Ross-Simons says clients prefer estate jewelry for its...