(Closed) Real vintage jewelry?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I love vintage jewelry. It’s totally something at you can google to find a place. If no one is local, maybe they can at least give you an idea about the piece if you send them pictures. Marlene Harris Collection seems to know a lot about her things…

http://www.marleneharriscol.com

My first pick for an engagement ring is actually from there (fingers crossed).

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

When I got married, my mother gave me several pieces of her mother’s antique estate jewelry. We wanted to have it properly insured, which requires an appraisal, so I brought it into a family-owned jewelry store in Chicago’s Diamond District, the same place we bought my engagement ring. The jeweler was extremely suspicious of me and I’m pretty sure she assumed they were stolen. She also insisted that one of the pieces could not be antique becaue the design was modern. Um…tell that to my grandmother, who wore it in the 1930’s! She was able to tell me what the stones were and the value of the pieces, but it left me feeling pretty annoyed. So maybe you would do better to find a jewelry store that specializes in estate jewelry.

Post # 6
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204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Thanks! Me too!!!

So, this is random… but have you seen the show “Pawn Stars”? It’s about a pawn shop in Las Vegas… they know A LOT about vintage/antique things… I know it sounds a little sketchy…but they do need to know the value of things at all times to know what to pay for and sell things for…so maybe you can find a reputable shop near you and call ahead??

Post # 7
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321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The best place to take it is an antique jewelry dealer.  People who sell it directly or people who buy from estates.  They are very knowledgable and interested in that sort of thing.  If you live near an antique marketplace, find out if there are any vendors who deal in jewelry (usually there is at least 1).  Google “antique jewelry” or “estate jewelry” and your zip code and I promise you will find something.  Definitely better than a typical jewelry store unless you can find one that has a jeweler who likes that sort of stuff.

Another method would be to google images for rings in that period, and with the years you listed you would be searching for “Edwardian” or “Art Deco” designs.  You can tell the difference pretty easily once you look at enough stuff.  Art deco designs tend to have very strong lines, sharp geometric shapes, using rounded and square stones in unusual ways, think empire state building.  Edwardian jewelry (a personal fave and obsession) tends to have a lot of swirling patterns (filigree) with flowers, wheat, etc, raised center stones, almost exclusively round or oval stones.  Honestly if you send me a picture I could just tell you.  [email protected].  Good luck!

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