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.

  • French Cut Sapphire and Diamond Band - Gottingen Band 12310 TVSapphire and Diamond Eternity Band - Gottingen Band 12310 TSV

    Gottingen Band

    $8,000
  • Antique Edwardian Swirl Design Engagement Ring - Murren Ring 13866 TVEdwardian Diamond Platinum Halo Engagement Ring - Murren Ring 13866 TSV

    Murren Ring. Circa 1905

    $2,800
  • Princess Cut Diamond Eternity Band - Lausanne Band 13905 TV

    Lausanne Band

    $4,500
  • Emerald Cut Aquamarine Diamond Halo Ring - Elmswell Ring 13671 TVBirthstone Jewelry Aquamarine and Diamond Ring - Elmswell Ring 13671 TSV

    Elmswell Ring

    SOLD
  • Art Deco Diamond Sapphire Engagement Ring - Woodbine Ring 13597 TVGeometric Diamond and Sapphire Ring - Woodbine Ring 13597 TSV

    Woodbine Ring. Circa 1930

    $10,500
  • Floral Ruby Halo Cocktail Ring - Baltimore Ring JN2230 TVRuby and Diamond Halo Ring - Baltimore Ring JN2230 TSV

    Baltimore Ring

    $12,000
  • Edwardian Diamond and Emerald Accents Ring - Rochfort Ring 13499 TVEdwardian Floral Openwork Engagement Ring - Rochfort Ring 13499 TSV

    Rochfort Ring. Circa 1915

    $4,000
  • Edwardian Openwork Floral Leaf Motif Band - Oak Hill Band 13861 TVAntique Floral Leaf Motif Wedding Band - Oak Hill Band 13561 TSV

    Oak Hill Band. Circa 1900

    $2,000
  • Antique Art Nouveau Diamond Engagement Ring - Lucerne Ring 13865 TVArt Nouveau Platinum Yellow Gold Ring - Lucerne Ring 13865 TVS

    Lucerne Ring. Circa 1900

    $2,800
  • Antique Edwardian Cushion Cut Diamond Ring - Teterboro Ring 13600 TVDiamond and Platinum Dome Shaped Ring - Teterboro Ring 13600 TSV

    Teterboro Ring. Circa 1910

    $10,500
  • 1.20ct Pink Sapphire Sapphire Accents Ring - Covelo Ring 13932 TVPink Sapphire and Diamond Ring - Covelo Ring 13932 TSV

    Covelo Ring

    $3,000
  • Antique Diamond Ring Colmar Ring Top ViewEdwardian Bow Motif Engagement Ring - Colmar Ring 13619 TSV

    Colmar Ring. Circa 1905

    SOLD
  • Kunzite And Diamond Platinum Mounting Kunzite Ring Top View 13885-TV-1000PXPlatinum Mounting Three Stone Diamond And Kunzite Ring 2.14 Carats 13885-TSV-1000PX

    Claverton Ring

    $4,500
  • Antique Georgian Floral Motif Ring - Dresden Ring 13831 TVAntique Georgian Silver and Yellow Gold Ring - Dresden Ring 13831 TSV

    Dresden Ring. Circa 1800

    $11,000
  • Antique Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring - Berkeley Ring 13507 TVEdwardian Diamond Platinum Filigree Ring - Berkeley Ring 13507 BK

    Berkeley Ring. Circa 1910

    $6,500
  • Geneva Ring Top ViewTSV Geneva Ring

    Geneva Ring

    $10,500

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.