Estate Jewelry: A Primer

March 31, 2017

Take a peek into the past with amazing, glistening estate jewelry.

Estate jewelry is any jewelry that has been previously owned, and there are so many benefits to buying it. It’s unique, tells a story, and is often a great value. Not to mention it tends to be beautifully designed and hand crafted with rare gemstones and fine details that aren’t always seen in today’s jewelry.  Estate jewelry has always been a fun and important staple in our store for these reasons.

 Tiffany Legacy Diamond Ear Pendants

What is so great about estate jewelry is that each piece tells its own story.  Many different eras have their own styles and characteristics that make them unique. For example, the Art Deco period has a very distinct, geometric style that is quickly recognizable. Here are some of our favorite art deco pieces, always best-sellers in our store.

Platinum Marquise Art Deco Ring

White Gold Rectangular Art Deco Ring

The Victorian era also had its own very unique style. The Victorian Cluster was a very popular style, which features a cluster of diamonds or other stones, often in a flower-like arrangement. This one has a rose gold setting which looks amazing with the sapphire center stone.

Diamond & Sapphire Victorian Cluster Ring with Old European Cut Stones

(Shown Center)

These pieces also tend to have diamonds with very intricate cuts that were often cut by hand. Old European Cut, Old Mine Cut, & Rose Cut diamonds are all very coveted styles these days that are typically seen in estate pieces. Diamonds and other precious stones are not cut by hand today, and these styles give the diamond or stone a softer look than a modern cut.

Rose Gold Victorian Marquise Ring with Rose Cut Diamonds

 The craftsmanship is remarkable, and the time and attention to detail that was put into the pieces makes them that much more incredible.

Turquoise Cabochon Ring with Diamond Detail

Diamond Ring with Marquise Flower Detail

Because estate jewelry is pre-owned, it can be an amazing value. The pricing tends to be much less expensive than it would be with a brand new piece, while still maintaining it’s excellent condition,  fine stones and incredible workmanship. Although fine jewelry is built to last, it’s always important to check settings and rebuild pieces when necessary.

Platinum Emerald & Diamond Ring


If you are interested in seeing what we have in our estate cases, stop by the boutique at 40 Waltham Street, Boston, MA. We also offer personal shopping; if you are looking for a certain style of estate jewelry or particular piece, we will reach out to our contacts and find the perfect piece to fit your needs! Get in touch with us here.