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.

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

  • 2.43ct Emerald Cut Emerald Engagement - Thornhill Ring 13908 TV

    Thornhill Ring

    $9,500
  • 1.01ct Emerald Cut Emerald Engagement Ring - Arcadia Ring 13909 TV1.01ct

    Arcadia Ring

    $5,000
  • 0.23ct Diamond Solitaire Ring Tiffany Ring 13070Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Ring Side View Tiffany Ring 13070

    0.44ct Diamond Tiffany Ring

    $3,500
  • Edwardian Emerald Diamond Antique Three Stone Ring - Cedarhurst Ring 13933 TVAntique Edwardian Three Stone Engagement Ring - Cedarhurst Ring 13933 TSV

    Cedarhurst Ring. Circa 1905

    $28,000
  • Antique Art Deco Eternity Wedding Band - Albans Band 12346 TVAntique Diamond and Platinum Eternity Band - Albans Band 12346 TSV

    Albans Band. Circa 1925

    $2,000
  • Three stone Diamond And Ruby Accented18k Yellow Gold Ring 14052-TV-1000PX18k Yellow Gold Mounting Prong Set Three Stone Ring 14052-TVS-1000PX

    Cyprus Ring

    $8,500
  • Prong Set Emerald Cut Natural Emerald And Diamond Gemstone Ring 13910-TV-1000PX

    Antarctic Ring

    $6,500
  • 0.50ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring - Starrett Ring 13788 TVPlatinum Mounting Asscher Cut Diamond And Baguette Halo Engagement Ring 13788-TSV-1000

    Starrett Ring

    $4,000
  • Tiber Ring. Circa 1950

    $2,800
  • 0.79ct Old European Cut Diamond Ring - Cambria Ring 14060 TV

    Cambria Ring

    $6,500
  • 2.33ct Old European Cut Diamond And Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring 13643-TV-1000PXSingle Cut Diamond Shoulder Accented Engagement Ring 13996-TSV-1000PX

    Regal Ring

    $23,000
  • Asscher Cut Diamond And Baguette Cut Halo Platinum Engagement Ring 13844 TV

    Henlow Ring

    $7,000
  • Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring - Burton Ring 14061 TV

    Burton Ring

    $11,200
  • 0.50ct Asccher Cut Diamond And Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring 13792-TV-1000Platinum Open Work Under Gallery Asscher Cut And Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring 13792-TSV-1000

    Fleetwood Ring

    $5,000
  • Antique Art Deco Era Diamond And Sapphire Engagement Ring 14013-TV-1000PX

    Bernex Ring. Circa 1925

    $9,900

What is Vintage Jewelry?

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

VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RING COLLECTION

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

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

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

VINTAGE COCKTAIL RING COLLECTION

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

FANCY DIAMOND RING COLLECTION

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

SIGNED JEWELRY COLLECTION

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

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, 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 1940’s and 1950’s.

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, and this will increase the price assuming the piece hasn’t suffered damage. But, there are more ways to see an 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 numbers of manufacture. If few of a particular design is 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.