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Define Estate jewelery

Can someone define “Estate Jewellery” for me? I’ve been puzzled by
the term for some time now. Thanks.

Tony Konrath
Key West Florida 33040

   Can someone define "Estate Jewellery" for me? I've been puzzled
by the term for some time now. Thanks. 

That can mean from an estate, such as when someone dies and the
heirs dump the jewelry to an auction house or other reseller, but it
can also pretty much include anything that’s more used that brand
new. You get tired of some old looser of a piece of jewelry you
shouldn’t have bought from the Home shopping channels, and sell it as
scrap to your local jeweler, and instead of scrapping it, perhaps he
cleans it and puts it out for sale again. It will get labeled
"estate"… The term gets used a lot since it sounds so much better
than just plain “used”.

Anther definition goes:

If I can buy enough of this stuff dirt cheap, and sell it for enough
of a markup, then perhaps I’ll be able to move out of my apartment,
buy some real estate, and live on an estate… :slight_smile:


Estate Jewelry usually refers to anything that is being sold for the
second (or more) time. Technically it should come from someone’s
estate, I suppose, but no one really holds to that standard. The
term “antique jewelry” is supposed to be used only for jewelry at
least 100 years old.

Daniel R. Spirer, GG
Spirer Somes Jewelers
1794 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

The way I believe it is commonly used today is in a VERY broad
manner. The original meaning was fine jewelry which re-entered the
retail market from ‘lots’ purchased by dealers who specialized in
buying the estates of the deceased.

Nowadays, it has broadened to include almost all fine jewelry which
is NOT NEW. It may have been sold back to a jeweler, returned for
credit, sold as scrap. etc. David Barzilay, Lord of the Rings

Hi Steve, We are fair, honest and pay cash. If you have extremely
fine estate pieces and suspect a Kashmir sapphire, Burma ruby, or
other significant stone I’ll tell you truth.

When traveling in Kashmir, I don’t trade the locals chickens and
rice for a $10,000 / carat stone. We take care of our suppliers and
our suppliers take care of us.

For example, we have a $250,000 shipment of medical supplies
destined for Kashmir next spring.

Ed Cleveland