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Antique vs. Vintage vs. Estate Jewelry, as Explained by Schiffman’s Jewelers September 09, 2022 (0 comments)

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Greensboro, NC--When it comes to antique, vintage, and estate jewelry, people often use these terms interchangeably. However, there are subtle yet significant differences between the three, as noted in a new blog post by Schiffman's Jewelers.

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The post says that antique pieces need to be over 100 years old and could even date as far as the Georgian era of the eighteenth century — as long as the jewelry is more than 100 years old; a straightforward method to identify this jewelry type.

According to the post, if a piece of jewelry is younger than 100 years (but not newer than 50), it is called a "vintage" piece. Many sellers might disagree with the timeline, but any item around 40-50 years old is considered vintage. Most pieces from the time of the second world war are considered vintage.

Estate jewelry is any piece of jewelry that was previously owned, notes the blog post. However, unlike vintage items, estate pieces do not have to be as many years old. An item must be around eight years of age but with a previous owner to fall into this category.

Read more about these kinds of jewelry and their popularity in the entire blog post on the jeweler's website.

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