It’s said that everything old is new again. But how old is vintage jewelry? And how new is estate? The two words may seem similar, but you can’t always swap one for the other. To be considered “estate jewelry,” an item simply had another owner before you. “Vintage jewelry,” on the other hand, is defined by when the item is made. So, while it’s true that all vintage jewelry is also estate jewelry, estate jewelry isn’t always vintage.
Jewelry that was previously owned by someone else is called “estate jewelry,” even if it’s just one month old. It’s not uncommon to find estate jewelry that is practically indistinguishable from something new. But what estate jewelry has that new jewelry doesn’t…is a story. To wear something that has a history can make it even more attractive to the new owner. Like new jewelry, estate jewelry is defined by its traditional or individual look and design. The story of its origin makes the piece that much more compelling and is sure to start a conversation.