Are you looking for somewhere to sell estate jewelry in the Florida area? We are interested in everything from individual pieces to entire collections, and can provide you with an online market analysis on your items!
The Difference between Antique and Estate Jewelry
The term antique is used for any item that is more than 100 years old, while estate jewelry covers any style that has been previously owned. The fact of the matter is that these two terms overlap quite often, and both can be the correct label much of the time. But how can we be more specific, in order for you to more easily identify them at your next Sarasota liquidation sale?
- Georgian – Some of the oldest and rarest pieces. Made between 1714 and 1837. These were typically nature inspired and handmade.
- Early Victorian– Crafted from 1837-1855. Some of the most popular of this style include lockets and brooches. During this time colored stones began seeing wider use.
- Late Victorian – Late 1800’s. Gemstones were often used to create crescent and star designs.
- Edwardian – Designed when excess was in fashion. Elaborate designs and large gemstones were very common.
- Art Nouveau – Focused on beauty, uses curves and nature-inspired designs.
- Art Deco – Popular in the 1930’s. Often abstract, this is the most valuable and desirable style of estate jewelry.
- Retro (Vintage) – 1960 AND YOUNGER. These were inspired by Hollywood, and are often large, flashy, and elaborate pieces.
It’s important to remember that the value of a piece cannot be accurately placed based solely on how pleasing it is to you. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes, and a Sarasota collector’s eye is much more discerning. This is why getting a professional to appraise each piece before a sale is so important. Even the most gaudy, underappreciated piece in your collection may be in high demand, and fetch a surprisingly high price.
Determining the Value of Estate Jewelry
When we evaluate a piece of estate jewelry, whether it was brought to us by a prominent collector, or was inherited by a local Sarasota resident, we follow the same, precise methods.
In order to provide the most accurate value we look at its:
- Weight and carat value: The base value of all fine jewelry is always what could be gained if it was melted down; however, when dealing with historical works, this is never a consideration at Sarasota Antique Buyers.
- Age, period, and style: Referring to the above time periods, one can see how, often times, all three of these factors (age, period, and style) go hand in hand. Some are simply in more demand than others.
- Designer/Jeweler: Famous pieces, or items designed by renowned artists or companies, typically have a higher desirability for buyers, and consequently, have a higher value as well.
- Condition: The condition of estate jewelry is also important to note. More common items may have a noticeable price fluctuation depending on the condition, while very rare and one of a kind items might be less affected by it.
Where to Sell Estate Jewelry?
If you have a family heirloom or a piece of estate jewelry from your own collection you would like to sell, it’s often difficult to discern who you should sell it to, or even what it is worth. After you’ve decided to part with a precious piece or collection, your very first step should be to find out the accurate value. This is where Sarasota Antique Buyers can help. We’ll provide you with an online market analysis, so you know exactly what your piece is worth. Whether it is a bracelet, necklace, ring, earring, or even a few broken pieces, we would love to see it!
If you have any more questions or would like to schedule a meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can either use the form on the right side of this page, or call us today at 941-726-0401. We look forward to hearing from you!