Antique Jewelry

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Buying antique jewelry is perfect for people with great imagination. That's because buying a piece of beautiful old diamond and gold jewelry is like opening a mystery. Who owned this ring or pendant? Who gave it to them? Was it a gift? What is the story behind the piece?

Antique Jewelry and Estate Jewelry

Officially, antique jewelry is 50 years old, or older. If you buy a ring that is 45 years old, on the other hand, you are buying estate jewelry. A lot of jewelry lovers exclusively shop for estate jewelry and antique jewelry. The pieces are often very well-made, beautifully and ornately designed, yet relatively inexpensive.

Again, this is perfect for people of imagination. It's a bit like going on a treasure hunt. You have the thrill of buying an item that has become one-of-a-kind, even if it didn't start out that way. When you look on an antique website, or go to an estate sale, you never know what you might find.

Visit a website that specializes in antique jewels, and you'll see what I mean. You'll find very unusual pieces, and remarkable settings. Many people visit these sites just for the settings. They buy rings or pendants, take out the stones, and replace them with better quality gems. It's a great way of putting your own twist on an old piece.

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