downloadWhat is considered estate jewelry anyway? Estate is a fancy way to say a piece is pre-owned. At Day's we purchase a lot of pre-owned pieces from our guests that we offer for sale in our estate jewelry collection. We also purchase pieces that we turn into totally different designs by separating the gemstones and diamonds and melting the metal.

A lot of misconceptions are associated with estate jewelry so this blog will help you debunk the myths and serve as a guide to buying estate jewelry.

Myth 1: Estate jewelry has bad "Juju"

It is true that estate pieces come with a story but the reason that someone sells their jewelry isn't just because the piece is associated with bad memories. People sell their jewelry for a lot of reasons. One of the most common reasons we see people sell is because their tastes have changed. If the look of the piece doesn't fit your style it will just sit in a jewelry box. Why not trade it in for a piece you'll wear and enjoy?


citrineestateStyle is so important and that is often why we also see people come in to sell pieces they have inherited but would never wear. If the original piece has sentimental value we can rework the piece into a new design that carries the same sentiment in a style you love. If it doesn't have sentimental value you can use the value of the piece towards a new piece you love.

We do see some pieces come in for sale that are the result of a relationship that has ended but that doesn't mean the piece is cursed! Even though the relationship didn't end up where the couple thought it would, the piece was still purchased and worn as a symbol of their love when it was strong. When that love changes the piece has a unique story and is like a rescue dog waiting to make a new couple as happy as it did for the original couple once.

Myth 2: Estate jewelry doesn't have the same quality as a new piece

At Day's we are big on quality so if we purchase a piece that doesn't stand up to our rigorous quality standards, we don't put it in our case. We base our decision on whether a piece will be added to our estate jewelry collection on four main attributes:

  1. Is the item drop-dead-gorgeous? If it doesn't have style, it doesn't go in the case.
  2. Is the piece structurally sound? Will it hold up well to everyday wear? Are the prongs solid enough to hold the diamonds and gemstones securely in place?
  3. Are the diamonds and gemstones beautiful? Are they a fine quality? Are they undamaged?
  4. Are we able to price the item for at least30% below market pricewithout losing our shirt?

If the answer to these questions is yes, yes, yes, our in-house goldsmiths carefully refinish the piece so it looks brand new and we add it to our estate jewelry collection.

If the answer to even one question is no, the piece doesn't join the collection. Instead our goldsmiths exercise their creativity and dismantle the materials of the piece and create something new.

Myth 3: Estate jewelry is the same as antique and vintage jewelry

Estate jewelry is defined as jewelry that was previously owned and can be from any period in history. In order for a piece to be considered antique, it must be at least 100 years old. Vintage jewelry, by definition, must be at least 20 years old. Vintage connoisseurs will tell you, however, that a piece should be at least 50 years old to be considered truly vintage.

Estate collections are fabulous places to find unique fine jewelry especially as movies like the Great Gatsby remind us how incredible jewelry designs of the past can be. If you are someone that appreciates unique jewelry and are passionate about a bargain, estate jewelry collections could hold just the thing you've been looking for.


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katieKatie, Marketing Coordinator

My favorite piece of jewelry I own is a silver ring with Turquoise stones, given to me by my Grandmother. Her mother gave it to her many years ago, and it reminds me of the long line of strong women I come from.

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