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.

  • Sapphire and Diamond Ring Millwood Band Top ViewCabuchon Sapphire and Diamond Band Millwood Ring Top Side View

    Millwood Band. 2.50mm

  • Asscher-Cut Diamond Ring Gracefield Ring Top ViewPlatinum and Diamond Halo RingBaysville Ring Side View

    Baysville Ring

  • Platinum Gold and Sapphire Ring Gracefield Ring Top ViewPurple Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring Gracefield Ring Top Side View

    Gracefield Ring

  • Cushion Cut Diamond Ring Oakland Ring 13843 Top ViewPlatinum and Diamond Ring Oakland Ring 13843 Top Side View

    Oakland Ring

  • Diamond and Sapphire Three Stone Ring - Arezza Ring 14519 TVSapphire Diamond Three Stone Gypsy Ring - Arezza Ring 14519 TSV

    Arezza Ring. Circa 1965 (Vintage)

  • Bergen Ring. Circa 1900 (Antique, Edwardian Era)


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

  • Bergen Ring. Circa 1900 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
    Bergen Ring. Circa 1900 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
  • Antique Edwardian 0.55ct Diamond Swirl Ring - Murren Ring 14512 TV
    Murren Ring. Circa 1905 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
  • Middletown Ring. Circa 1910 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
    Middletown Ring. Circa 1910 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
  • Art Deco 1.38ct Old European Diamond Ring - Trieste Ring 14220 TV
    Trieste Ring. Circa 1920 (Antique, Art Deco Era)
  • Art Deco 1.25ct Old European Ring - Whitfield Ring 14142 TV
    Whitfield Ring. Circa 1920 (Antique, Art Deco Era)
  • Edwardian 1.64ct Old European Diamond Ring - Bristow Ring 14438 TV
    Bristow Ring. Circa 1910 (Antique, Edwardian Era)

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

  • Sapphire and Diamond Ring Millwood Band Top View
    Millwood Band. 2.50mm
  • Diamond Eternity Band Bellerose Band Top View
    Bellerose Band. Circa 1955 (Vintage)
  • Tiffany Platinum and Diamond Wide Band 14292
    Tiffany Wedding Band (Polished Finish). 4.6mm
  • Tiffany Diamond Set Platinum Wedding Band - Tiffany Wedding Band 14293 TV
    Tiffany Wedding Band (Matte Finish). 4.8mm
  • Donegal Band. 3mm
    Donegal Band. 3mm
  • Asscher Cut Aquamarine Birthstone Wedding Band - Juneau Band 14426 TV
    Juneau Band. 4mm

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

  • Old European Cut Diamond Gold Earrings - Secord Earrings 14329 TV
    Secord Earrings
  • Light Yellow Diamond Floral Halo Earrings - Balmoral Earrings 14207 TV
    Balmoral Earrings
  • Bezel-Set Old European Cut Diamond Earrings - Belsize Earrings 14131 TV
    Belsize Earrings
  • Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Halo Earrings - Westergard Earrings MAR108 TV
    Westergard Earrings
  • Aquamarine and Diamond Hanging Earrings Top View MAR109
    Fullerton Earrings
  • Vintage Style Floral Halo Diamond Earrings - Excelsior Earrings 14178 TV
    Excelsior Earrings

Vintage Cocktail Ring Collection

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

  • Platinum Gold and Sapphire Ring Gracefield Ring Top View
    Gracefield Ring
  • Diamond and Sapphire Three Stone Ring - Arezza Ring 14519 TV
    Arezza Ring. Circa 1965 (Vintage)
  • Bergen Ring. Circa 1900 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
    Bergen Ring. Circa 1900 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
  • 3.27ct Emerald Cut Aquamarine Diamond Ring - Elmswell Ring 14441 TV
    Elmswell Ring
  • Antique Edwardian 0.55ct Diamond Swirl Ring - Murren Ring 14512 TV
    Murren Ring. Circa 1905 (Antique, Edwardian Era)
  • 0.83ct Old European Cut Diamond Ring - Mill Ring 14261 TV
    Mill Ring

Fancy Diamond Collection

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

  • Yellow Brown Double Hal 18k White Gold Engagement Ring 14104-TV-1200 b
    Montmartre Ring
  • Princess and Radiant Cut Diamond Pendant - Malba Pendant dyl34 TV
    Malba Pendant
  • Oval Cut Fancy Diamond Halo Pendant - Rushmore Pendant dyl33 TV
    Rushmore Pendant
  • 1.18ct Light Blue Fancy Diamond Ring - Syosset Ring VMK14 TV
    Syosset Ring
  • Fancy Yellow Asscher Cut Diamond Band - Gladstone Band VMK60 TV
    Gladstone Band. 3.54mm
    Contact For Price
  • 1.00ct Fancy Pink Diamond Engagement Ring - Linas Ring vmk11 TV
    Linas Ring

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

  • 5.10 Carat Platinum and Diamond Ring. Harry Winston Ring Top View
    5.10ct Harry Winston Ring
    Contact Us For Price
  • Tiffany Platinum and Diamond Wide Band 14292
    Tiffany Wedding Band (Polished Finish). 4.6mm
  • Tiffany Diamond Set Platinum Wedding Band - Tiffany Wedding Band 14293 TV
    Tiffany Wedding Band (Matte Finish). 4.8mm
  • Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Triple Ring - 14439 TV
    Cartier Gold Triple Ring. Circa 1970 (Vintage)
  • 18k Yellow Gold Nail Ring Cipullo Ring Top View
    Cipullo Nail Ring. Circa 1970 (Vintage)
  • Signed Cartier French Vintage Engagement Ring
    Cartier Engagement Ring (France)

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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