The word “Estate” has been used since the 1830’s. The definition of Estate is simply; A native word for this was Middle English ethel (Old English æðel) “ancestral land or estate, patrimony.” Meaning “collective assets of a dead person or debtor” is from 1830.
We can say calling older jewelry “Estate” is more of an elegant way of saying pre-owned, usually from the deceased. But in this day and age, Estate jewelry is not only from those who has passed on, just not wanted anymore. It may not fit a persons style anymore, or the kids or grandkids have no use for such jewelry.
Most estate jewelry is at least 50 years old. Antique jewelry is normally over 100 years of age. I look at Estate jewelry differently than the above mentioned. I see it as styles of the bygone era, even if it’s from the 1980’s. Estate jewelry is also associated with big brands like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Piaget, Harry Winston among others who are still designing jewelry today.
We look at estate jewelry as handmade by the finest jewelers across the globe. To view an intriguing piece and marvel at how-in-the-heck-did-they-do-that?
The Houston Gold Exchange has always bought and sold some of the most eye-catching Estate pieces in the jewelry industry. Stop by today and take a look. I’m sure we have something for you.