Is My Jewelry Vintage?
Any jewelry between 20 and 100 years old can be categorized as "vintage jewelry." However this term is mostly applied to jewelry produced from 1920 through the 1960s.
Older pieces are considered "antique jewelry." However both vintage and antique jewelry can hold the title of "estate jewelry" if the piece is previously owned.
Jewelry collectors and dealers seek out these collectible pieces for their ageless beauty. Jewelry from the Art Deco and Mid-Century periods are especially popular among vintage jewelry lovers.
Jewelry that is constructed from vintage parts like beads to create new jewelry cannot be classified as vintage. This jewelry is classified as contemporary jewelry that is "vintage style" or "vintage inspired."
Buying vintage jewelry is a great way to start an heirloom collection or add excitement to your wardrobe. Always remember to investigate each piece carefully before buying anything because there might be something else out there that looks better or is more budget appropriate.
Vintage jewelry is a collectible with a value that far surpasses its gemstone or precious metal raw value. Its value hinges greatly on a piece's condition history and unique workmanship.
Vintage jewelry is celebrated for its artistry with the majority of pieces handcrafted to perfection using traditional techniques and processes. The inherent value of these ornaments' craftsmanship makes them even more precious.
Cleaning Vintage Jewelry
Vintage jewelry needs extra care.
Take your vintage pieces to a jeweler who specializes in repairing older jewelry to have it inspected for loose stones and damaged settings or clasps.
Use a soft brush to clean your vintage jewelry.
Do not soak your jewelry in water. Instead dampen a soft-bristle brush and gently clean away any dust or debris.
Make sure the jewelry is completely dry before you put it away.
Any archivist will tell you humidity is the enemy of preservation. Pat dry your vintage jewelry with a lint-free towel after its brush down and then place it on a dry towel and thoroughly dry overnight. After it is completely dry store your antique jewelry in a fabric-lined box or a glass display case.