Sell Antique Jewelry
At WP Diamonds, we assess the value of your antique jewelry, make you an offer and have cash in your account in 24 hours. Our team of experts will guide you through the process and provide you with a price based on the international market for your item. We are Antique jewelry buyers with a BBB A+ rating and members of the American Gem Society.Get Your Offer
Sell Antique Jewelry Online Or Via Appointment
Jewelry We Buy
Cufflinks & Dress Studs
Watch Chain Charms & Fobs
Antique Manufacturers We Are Interested In Purchasing Include:
Cartier, Tiffany, Asprey, Buccelatti, Boucheron, Caldwell, Faberge, Fouquet, Garrard, Liberty & Co, Oscar Hayman Bros, Shreve & Co, Shreve Crump & Low, Rene Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpel
If you are unsure about what you have please contact us, we would be glad to help.
What Is Antique Jewelry?
Pieces at least 100 years old are classified as Antique jewelry, which is part of the Estate jewelry category. There are many periods or eras of jewelry in the Antique category. To have a resale value the jewelry in question must be desirable or collectible in some way. This can be because of the designer or manufacturer, if the item has a story/provenance attached to it or it may be a certain style that has gained popularity and is sought after. WP Diamonds’ experts can provide you with an insight into which category your item falls into.
Difference between Antique Jewelry and Vintage Jewelry
The key difference between the Antique and Vintage jewelry is the time period of manufacture. Vintage jewelry falls between 20-100 years old. Antique items are defined as older than 100 years. This results in differences in styles, values, prominent manufacturers and collectability of pieces.
Key Factors In Determining The Value of Antique Jewelry
-Historic period or period significance
-Collectability / demand
How Fast Is The Service?
Whether you choose to schedule an appointment or send your items to us through our secure service, WP Diamonds offers a stress free option when selling Antique jewelry. You will receive money within 24 hours of accepting our offer or a check during your appointment. Either way, our experts and client managers will go out of their way to be informative and helpful.
How It Works
Just like your Antique jewelry, our process is unique. We want to give you the most accurate price and make sure that we insure your Estate jewelry for the right amount, so we ask that you fill out an initial valuation form. Don’t worry, if things don’t work out, we send your items back to you insured and free of charge.
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With over 150 years of experience in the jewelry industry, our experts can provide you with a pin point appraisal of your vintage or antique estate jewelry, considering market conditions. Our process is unique and ensures that you get the best price for your Estate jewelry in as little time as possible.
We would gladly meet you for an in-person valuation with one of our team at our location on 5th Avenue in NYC. Will will be able to asses your Antique jewelry and make you an offer in the appointment. Our offices are modern and comfortable and we offer an upscale professional service. Simply click the Schedule An Appointment button below.
Our experts have bought and sold estate jewelry throughout the world.
The Georgian period spanned the years of 1714 to 1837, covering the reign of four successive English Kings named George. Marked by revolution in the USA, France and Russia, it was also a period of great scientific progress and global exploration.
Society at the time made a clear distinction between day and eveningwear; with emerald, topaz, ruby and garnet popular gemstones for daytime wear and rose cut and mine cut diamonds reserved for eveningwear. All jewelry was handcrafted, a labor-intensive process that resulted in highly intricate and ornate pieces. Yellow gold and silver were popular metals, but platinum had not yet been discovered and white gold was not used in jewelry. Popular themes included crowns, bows, feathers, leaves and crosses. Notable jewelry of the time included:
- Girandole earrings featured a bow shaped design and three pear shaped ornaments
- Portrait miniatures and eye miniatures containing tokens of love
- Hair jewelry
- Riviere necklaces
Named after the 63-year rule of Queen Victoria (1837 -1901), the Victorian era was a time of great change, prosperity and innovation. Victoria herself was an avid jewelry fan who designed and set jewelry fashion trends with many pieces produced en masse to mark particular events of her life, such as the birth of a child.
The Industrial Revolution in 1840 not only brought new wealth but also gave jewelers access to modern, affordable manufacturing techniques. This reduced the overall cost of production of many items, most notably the production of gold jewelry. Additionally, the emergence of the middle class sparked a demand for the mass production of jewelry.
The Victorian era can be divided into the following three sub-periods:
The Romantic Period (1837-1861)
The Romantic period refers to the early Victorian years when Victoria’s husband, Albert, was still alive. This period was characterized by sentimental pieces with motifs including love knots, hearts, crosses, serpents (a symbol of love given by Albert to Victoria as an engagement ring) and acrostic jewelry. Acrostic jewelry are highly personalized pieces that relay terms of endearment or secret messages, using the first letter of each gemstone. Most jewelry of the time was made with 18k to 22k gold.
The Grand Period (1861-1880)
After the death of Prince Albert, the Queen entered a period of permanent mourning. While mourning jewelry has existed since the Middle Ages, it is most strongly associated with the Grand period when the Queen favored black jewelry made of fossilized coal. Another notable trend at the time was the revival of interest in ancient jewelry styles which led to an appropriation of ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and renaissance motifs. Egyptian symbols, scarab beetles and Greek or roman coins set in jewelry were in vogue.
The Aesthetic Period (1880-1901)
The Aesthetic period saw a simplification of designs with a focus on small earrings, brooches and diamond fringe necklaces on delicate chains. Jewelry designers were looking to break convention and move away from the imitative creations of previous years. Emeralds, amethysts and opals were in style for every day wear while diamonds were favored for special occasions.
Art Nouveau Era
Inspired by nature, Art Nouveau was a style popular between 1890 and 1910 that had strong roots in France. Overlapping the Victorian and Edwardian eras, this period came about as a rejection of poorly made, mass-produced jewelry. A short-lived movement, the emphasis was placed on skill, artistry and handcrafted pieces. Jewelers focused not on the gemstone but on the setting, designing elaborate settings by experimenting with enameling techniques. Diamonds were used predominantly as accent stones, while horns and ivory took center stage. Free flowing lines, feminine curves and abstract concepts were popular themes in Art Nouveau jewelry. Insects, animals and fantasy creatures were frequently used in brooches.
The Edwardian era is defined as early twentieth century, specifically 1901-1910. It covered the short reign of British King Edward VII after the death of Queen Victoria and before WWI. An elegant and sophisticated period of time characterized by highly detailed, feminine pieces; milgraining grew in popularity as it added a soft, graceful look to jewelry. Drawing inspiration from 18th century designs, ribbons, garlands, lace and bows were popular motifs. Technological advances allowed for the use of delicate filigree patterns and platinum, both of which hit unprecedented levels of popularity.
Introducing Our Director Of Jewelry
We would like to introduce you to Michael Lebowtiz (GG), our Director covering Estate jewelry purchasing. Michael is a seasoned veteran of the jewelry industry, with specialized experience in Antiques, Vintage and the decorative arts. He is affiliated with numerous trade associations and remains an active participant of key industry affairs. He understands all aspects of Estate jewelry world and has an exhaustive list of contacts that are specialists in the various estate periods.