Heirlooms and Estate Jewelry
Pre-owned and Estate Jewelry, whether you're selling family heirlooms or looking to purchase a pre-owned piece of history...we are the source you should consider. When you are ready to sell, however, consider two things, getting the most for your heirlooms and getting it in a timely fashion. To have your heirlooms go to Auction is not always what it may seem to be. It can take time and there are added costs you should explore before making that decision.
You may have jewelry that has been left to you from a family member or from a previous relationship and it may be sitting in a safety deposit box collecting dust. You have considered re-setting it or just putting it back into safe keeping. Well, you may want to think about what’s ahead, there can be pitfalls to holding onto something that later can spell trouble for your heirs. It is often difficult to divide jewelry fairly among families, liquidating it and dividing cash can be much easier.
Earning trust takes years. Experience, an investment in the local community and honesty and an understanding of what selling your family heirlooms can mean for you and your family is very important. I suggest to our clients, a smart reason for selling would be to turn your items into investment cash or SMART CASH, as I prefer to describe it.
The proceeds from your jewelry should be a considered carefully. Turn your sale of heirlooms into an investment.
A reason to sell may be that styles, tastes and desires change from one generation to the next. keeping jewelry for children or grandchildren must be considered especially if there is a substantial amount at stake. If you have absolutely no use for your possessions and after you have given it serious thought, then selling should be the last alternative.
At Addessi Jewelers, we have the financial resources to make an honest and profitable offer for the sellers. We have the clientele for important pieces and we encourage Estate purchases.If an item is beautiful, spectacular or exquisitely made and is signed by a famous jeweler it will definately have more value, names such as Tiffany, Cartier,Van Cleef & Arpels, George Jensen, Faberge and David Webb all will bring more value.
Below is a listing of the periods and brief descriptions of each:
- Georgian period between 1700s and 1830s during the reigns of the Kings named George. Pieces in this period were often set with there backs enclosed with metal so you cannot see through them, this is one way of identifying this period..
- Victorian period during the reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901 jewelry such as Cameos, lockets, etruscan designs and Renaissance revival styles.
- Edwardian this delicate elaborate jewelry was made during the reign of King Edward VII of England 1901-1910 This was the begining period using platinum, typically pieces had platinum tops and yellow gold backing.
- Art Nouveau period turn of the century popular subjects during this period were women with flowing hair, asymmetrical twisting plants and flowers, insects, bats and fantasy animals.
- Art Deco 1920s-1930s the most sought after jewelry today. During this period jewelry was dramatic and unusual featuring abstract geometric forms that were inspired by modern art and Egyptian patterns. The Roaring Twenties the era for very delicate filigree jewelry. Nearly everyone’s mother or grandmother had jewelry like this, when people think of estate jewelry they immediately think of this period in time.
- During the War years many pieces were made in rose and yellow gold. Charm bracelets, cigarette cases and compacts were the fashion.
- Retro Modern 1940s flamboyant style and exuberant. Bows, scrolls and sweeping curves were common. Jewelry was large and often made with unusual combinations of golds such as pink, green and yellow.