Well, I would seriously avoid all use of the term “Vintage” no
matter the age or vintage of the piece… particularly if it’s
something good. It’s simply become completely and irretrievably
tainted by eBay merchants who seem to think it means “anything I want
to sell for more than it’s really worth.” It now just makes me
It sounds like you very likely have some very interesting pieces
from a wide collection of design eras, geographies, and cultures.
Your best bet would be to try and find some jewelry artisans who are
attracted to the pieces from their design perspective and are likely
to use them and incorporate them into their own work. I’m a horribly
good example of that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to
the refiner to buy a blob of scrap for melting only to ooh and ahh
over pieces and end up taking the salvageable ones out for use in my
work because I can’t bear to see their artistry destroyed. I’ve
turned antique knife handles into ceiling fan pulls, various forms of
flatware into bracelets, rings, watch bands, pendants, pins, etc…
Or… go through an “estate” auctioneer / buyer (you don’t have to
be dead to have an estate, contrary to popular belief). They may have
collectors of those eras or cultures that they can place your pieces
with to live happily ever after.
And finally… even though you have all “guys” in the family,
there’s at least a chance that some of those guys are going to end up
with a gal at some point in the future… a wife or daughter who
might treasure pieces with such a rich history to help tie them
further into their family. So consider keeping a collection of your
complete favorites… the ones with stories behind them or the ones
that simply make you smile every time you look at them… just to
pass along to the future of your family. Tuck them away with a
picture of you, write their stories on a card or piece of paper that
you tuck away with them. What a treasure!
Just some ideas!