Estate jewellery is considered as the antique jewellery or vintage jewellery. However this is not true, the term ‘estate jewellery’ is referred to that type of jewellery which has been previously owned by someone else. He might be a king, knight, historical personality or a celebrity. Moreover, the term is associated with respect, traditions, history and life thus it is more valuable than others. Let’s read few interesting facts about estate jewellery to enrich your knowledge.
What is Estate Jewellery?
As we have told you that Antique jewellery is a type of estate jewellery, the definition of ‘estate jewellery’ but not limited to this only. These are not necessarily old and can include costume jewellery made in any era. Their custom designs make them unique and an asset to be added to your jewellery collection. Usually early Victorian, Mid-Victorian, Late Victorian, Arts and Crafts era, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco & Retro are eight eras of jewellery in which we can categorize estate jewellery.
Georgian jewellery (1714-1837): Jewellery from this era is rare and handmade. Usually their design is inspired by natures like birds and leaves.
Early Victorian/ romantic jewellery (1837-1855): Early Victorian jewellery also contains nature-inspired designs carved in gold blooming coloured gemstones on.
Mid-Victorian (1856-1880): Since this period started with the death of Queen Victoria’s husband, jewellery design in that era reflects solemn, grave designs.
Late Victorian (1885-1900): The era is known for using bright gemstones such as sapphire, peridot, spinel in jewellery designs.
Art & Crafts Era (1894-1923): The time was a transitional phase in human history because of the industrial revolution. Art & crafts era jewellery is colourful and simple in pattern featuring uncut jewels.
Edwardian Era (1901-1915): As the name is self-indicating, Edwardian era began with the decease of Queen Victoria. During this period jewellery was designed using diamonds, emeralds and rubies.
Art Nouveau Era (1895-1925): Art Nouveau jewellery is considered romantic due to their beautiful floral designs. The pattern went throughout the world till the end of World War I.
Art Deco Era (1915-1935): The Art Deco jewellery came into existence after 1915 and was heavily inspired by the African, Persian, Islamic, ancient Egyptian, Greek, American Indian and Roman designs.
Why it is unique?
Mostly estate jewellery is custom jewellery produced in few copies. These are not mass produced or mass-marketed, some of them may be handmade, one-of-a-kind piece and innovative thoughts. Its design appeals to all. Estate jewellery had gotten prepared by the rich class of society, thus they tried to make it beautiful, nice looking and finely created.
How to take care of Estate Jewellery?
Fine jewellery lasts for generations if they are given appropriate care and maintenance. Put them in airtight jewellery boxes. If you want to display them, put them in a glass cabinet covered from all sides. Keep it away from harsh chemicals; even avoid famous jewellery cleaners as they may harm its antique finish. If you have loose stones, set them in a jewellery piece like ring, pendant or anything else you want to wear.