Vintage and Antique Jewelry

Are you looking to buy rare vintage jewelry?

Estate Diamond Jewelry has one of the rarest online vintage jewelry collections in the world. Feel free to shop our rare collection of fine vintage jewelry or schedule an appointment to visit our 5th Ave Showroom.

If you have any questions about any of the jewelry, please feel free to contact us.

Most Recent Vintage Jewelry Items

Here are some of the vintage jewelry pieces from our collection.

  • Old European Cut Diamond And Floral Motif Diamond Halo Engagement Ring 14248-TV-1000PXFluer De Lis Accented Shoulder And Shank 18k Yellow Gold Mounting 14248-TSV-1000PX

    Pomona Ring

    $8,200
  • Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Sapphire Halo Ring - Corby RingWhite Gold Diamond and Sapphire Ring - Corby Ring

    Montrose Ring

    $3,500
  • French Art Nouveau Diamond Engagement Ring - Ewell Ring 14377 TVAntique Edwardian Cushion Cut Diamond Ring - Ewell Ring 14377 TSV

    Ewell Ring. Circa 1900 (Antique, Art Nouveau Era)

    $3,500
  • Bezel Set Natural Emerald And Floral Motif Diamond Halo Gemstone Ring 14305-TV-1000PX1.90ct Emerald and Diamond Halo Ring - Brentford Ring 14305 TSV

    Brentford Ring. Circa 1905 (Antique, Edwardian Era)

    $8,000
  • Antique French Ring Foundry Ring Top View.Two Stone Diamond and Platinum Ring. Founry Ring Top Side View

    Foundry Ring. Circa 1920 (Antique, Art Deco Era)

    $2,500
  • Old European Cut Diamond Ring Dover Ring Top View3.02 Carat Old European Cut RingDover Ring Top Side View

    Dover Ring

    $45,000

What is Vintage Jewelry?

Afshin and Ben with Customers in Showroom

The word vintage is almost everywhere these days, it seems. Fortunately, in the jewelry world, we have continued to apply the meaning to a very specific age.

Any jewelry described as vintage will, quite simply, be older than 20 years but less than 100 years old. Anything over 100 years then transitions into being antique. The word estate just means that it is second-hand.

Our Vintage Jewelry Online Collections

We’ve been collecting rare estate and vintage jewelry for over 40 years. Feel free to browse our stunning collections. If you have any questions, or if you’re looking for a specific piece, please feel free to send us a quick message. We will respond within 1 business hour.

Vintage Engagement Ring Collection

Tray of Diamond Engagement Rings in Showroom

Shop our collection of fine vintage engagement rings. Our rings span through the Victorian Era, Edwardian Era, Art Deco Era, and Retro Era. View all our Vintage Rings

  • French Art Nouveau Diamond Engagement Ring - Ewell Ring 14377 TV
    Ewell Ring. Circa 1900 (Antique, Art Nouveau Era)
    $3,500
  • Bezel Set Natural Emerald And Floral Motif Diamond Halo Gemstone Ring 14305-TV-1000PX
    Brentford Ring. Circa 1905 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
    $8,000
  • Antique French Ring Foundry Ring Top View.
    Foundry Ring. Circa 1920 (Antique, Art Deco Era)
    $2,500
  • Art Deco Diamond Ring Edison Ring Top View
    Edison Ring. Circa 1920 (Antique, Art Deco Era)
    $3,800
  • Old European Cut Diamond Halo Ring - Brantford Ring 14373 TV
    Brantford Ring. Circa 1925 (Antique, Art Deco Era)
    $2,700
  • 1.72ct Old European Diamond Engagement Ring - Lecco Ring 14327 TV
    Lecco Ring. Circa 1930 (Vintage, Art Deco Era)
    $14,000

Vintage Wedding Band Collection

Please feel free to browse through our collection of beautiful and rare estate wedding bands. Our fine selection includes rare Art Deco Era and Edwardian Era Wedding Bands. Peruse our Wedding Bands

  • Baguette Cut Diamond Band Murcia Band Top View
    Murcia Band. 2.5mm
    $2,500
  • French Cut Sapphire Eternity Wedding Band - Columbia Band 14172 TV
    Columbia Band. 3.1mm
    $2,200
  • French Cut Sapphire Round Brilliant Diamond Band - Regent Band 14173 TV
    Regent Band. 2.60mm
    $2,000
  • Vintage Shared Prong Diamond Eternity Band - Hillsdale Band 14211 TV
    Hillsdale Band. Circa 1975
    $4,000
  • Fancy Yellow Asscher Cut Diamond Band - Gladstone Band VMK60 TV
    Gladstone Band. 3.54mm
    Contact For Price
  • Round Brilliant Diamond Eternity Wedding Band - Bellerose Band 13984 TV
    Bellerose Band. Circa 1955
    $2,200

Vintage Earrings Collection

The Estate Diamond Jewelry Earring Collection features rare earrings from the Edwardian and Art Deco Era. Shop rare from the greatest jewelry houses of the previous century. View Vintage Earrings

  • Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Halo Earrings - Westergard Earrings MAR108 TV
    Westergard Earrings
    $3,900
  • Aquamarine and Diamond Hanging Earrings Top View MAR109
    Fullerton Earrings
    $2,500
  • Vintage Style Floral Halo Diamond Earrings - Excelsior Earrings 14178 TV
    Excelsior Earrings
    $4,500
  • Old European Diamond Emerald Halo Earrings - Bampton Earrings MAR106 TV
    Bampton Earrings
    $3,500
  • Floral Motif Edwardian Style Diamond Earrings - Corringham Earrings 14123 TV
    Corringham Earrings
    $4,500
  • Old European Cut Diamond Stud Earrings - Westminster Earrings BASHK TV
    Westminster Earrings
    $88,000

Vintage Cocktail Ring Collection

Browse our collection of rare cocktail rings, gemstone rings, and dinner rings. Shop Cocktail Rings

  • French Art Nouveau Diamond Engagement Ring - Ewell Ring 14377 TV
    Ewell Ring. Circa 1900 (Antique, Art Nouveau Era)
    $3,500
  • Bezel Set Natural Emerald And Floral Motif Diamond Halo Gemstone Ring 14305-TV-1000PX
    Brentford Ring. Circa 1905 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
    $8,000
  • 1.46ct Cushion Cut Burma Ruby Ring - Toulon Ring 14115 TV
    Toulon Ring
    $22,000
  • Oval Cut Ruby and Diamond Ring - Orland Ring
    Orland Ring
    $7,500
  • 1-carat Aquamarine Engagement Ring TV 12644
    Tallis Aquamarine Ring
    $2,400
  • Art Deco 2.25ct Old European Diamond Ring - Sherman Ring 14302 TV
    Sherman Ring. Circa 1920 (Antique, Art Deco Era)
    $22,500

Fancy Diamond Collection

Feel free to shop through the Estate Diamond Jewelry curated collection of Fancy Diamond Engagement Rings. View our Fancy Diamond Rings

  • 0.46ct Cushion Cut Yellow-Brown Diamond Ring - Somers Ring 14105 TV
    Somers Ring
    $3,500
  • 0.48ct Yellow Brown Fancy Diamond Ring - Montmartre Ring 14104 TV
    Montmartre Ring
    $3,500
  • Princess and Radiant Cut Diamond Pendant - Malba Pendant dyl34 TV
    Malba Pendant
    $7,500
  • Oval Cut Fancy Diamond Halo Pendant - Rushmore Pendant dyl33 TV
    Rushmore Pendant
    $6,500
  • 1.18ct Light Blue Fancy Diamond Ring - Syosset Ring VMK14 TV
    Syosset Ring
    CONTACT FOR PRICE
  • Fancy Yellow Asscher Cut Diamond Band - Gladstone Band VMK60 TV
    Gladstone Band. 3.54mm
    Contact For Price

Signed Designer Jewelry Collection

Discover our collections of signed vintage jewelry like Cartier, Buccellati, Tiffany and Co, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari. View our Signed Jewelry

  • Signed Cartier French Vintage Engagement Ring
    Cartier Engagement Ring (France)
    $8,800
  • Signed Buccellati Diamond Openwork White Gold Engagement Ring - 13836 TV
    Buccellati Diamond Ring. Circa 1960
    $48,000
  • 1.29ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Tiffany Engagement Ring - 14185 TV
    1.29ct Tiffany Ring
    $18,000
  • Charlton Antique Art Deco Engagement Ring - Crowley Ring 14265 TV
    Charlton Diamond and Onyx Ring. Circa 1925 (Antique, Art Deco Era)
    $14,000
  • Three Stone Sapphire And Diamond Ring 14195-TV-1000PX
    Tiffany Three Stone Ring
    $8,000
  • 1.10ct Prong Set Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Tiffany Engagement Ring 13974-TV-1000
    1.10ct Tiffany Ring
    $20,000

What qualifies as vintage jewelry?

Vintage Diamond Ring

In order to qualify as vintage jewelry, it needs to be over 20 years old (and it should also ideally be pre-worn).

Apart from the physical age, there are certain other things that make a jewelry piece vintage. The style, the materials, and the cut of the stones all contribute to the vintage tag.

Art Deco, one of the most popular styles ever and still very popular today, is almost all vintage in age. Some pieces are now creeping into the antique category but, generally, Art Deco means vintage.

The advantage of this is that the Art Deco era produced many stunning examples of rings, necklaces, and more. Improvements in designing, cutting, and setting pieces meant quality and style went hand in hand. Skills that were previously the domain of a handful of craftsmen were now more widely available.

Vintage Jewelry from Estate Diamond Jewelry

Vintage jewelry shouldn’t be confused with retro jewelry. Retro is a term used for copies of older styles, and retro jewelry is almost always very modern in manufacture. The Retro Era, however, is vintage and ran through the 1940s and 1950s.

Vintage Jewelry vs. “Regular” Jewelry

Edwardian Antique Necklace

Apart from the obvious advantages of the style eras we associate with vintage jewelry, there are a number of reasons why it is such a wonderful thing to see and own.

Until the 1940s, although there had been a great advancement in manufacturing techniques. Jewelry was still mainly for those with the right bank balance. It also usually meant that most jewelry produced before this time was one-of-a-kind creations.

Mass production was still some way off, and a lot of jewelry was manufactured by a commission.

Because antique jewelry carries a premium over vintage, and current vintage jewelry will increase in price. If any piece of jewelry survives to be 100 years old, it is usually because of the care it has received.

It’s not exactly an investment opportunity to make you rich, but collectors will always be interested in the finest vintage pieces.

Identifying Vintage Jewelry

VCA Vintage Gold and Diamond Earrings

Jewelers will always identify antique jewelry as just that. They are not always so rigorous about naming antique jewelry the same way. This is partly because it can be a slightly ambiguous term and partly because there’s a chance that, if it isn’t antique, it will be vintage.

Most obviously, look to see if a year of manufacture is available. These will rarely be definite, but many vintage pieces will carry a circa date. That will usually be enough. If not, check the cut of the diamonds, if it has them. The old mine cut, or old European cut diamonds, are usually a sure-fire way of identifying vintage and antique jewelry. With the mechanization of diamond-cutting techniques, more accurate cuts became possible. These, in turn, became the modern round brilliant cut we see today. The grading of vintage diamonds is still very much a topic for debate, so don’t be afraid to ask the jeweler about the quality of the diamond.

When looking at earrings, the method of fastening is often a good signal of age. The butterfly back common today didn’t appear until 1920, and the pinless spring clip was even later. Anything other than that is likely to be vintage, at least. Hallmarks will also help. If gold, silver, or platinum is present, it might have the maker’s stamp. This will give the maker’s mark, the quality of the metal, the year of manufacture, and the assessment location. Unfortunately, the US has no legal requirements for hallmarking, so there’s no guarantee the piece will have one.

Vintage Jewelry Over Time

Antique Cartier Clips in Box

We’ve already touched on vintage jewelry becoming antique in time, which will increase the price assuming the piece hasn’t suffered damage. But, there are more ways to see appreciation than just reaching 100 years old.

Many fine jewelry houses have been around long enough to have vintage and antique jewelry coming to market regularly. Companies like Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Buccellati, Bvlgari, and Tiffany are all renowned antique designers and brands. Excellent examples of any will only ever appreciate in value, regardless of age.

If the company has signed the piece, by putting a unique mark on it, the value increases further. Signed pieces also often carry unique ID numbers from the manufacturer. If few of a particular design are known to exist, having a signed example is important. It can make a huge difference to the value.

The bottom line is that quality will always be in demand. Quality from recognized designers, even more so. If you have or are looking to buy vintage jewelry, consider the condition as well as the apparent beauty. Some exceptional pieces will withstand a little minor damage or wear, but most won’t. Choose carefully and, above all, enjoy your vintage jewelry. You both deserve it.

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