An “antique” is an object having special value because of its age. This is especially true of a handcrafted piece that is esteemed for its artistry, beauty or period of origin. Typically an item was made over 100 years from the present year is considered “antique”.
Accordingly, most experts have decided that the term "vintage," when used in a way similar to the term "antique," refers to items that are over 50 years old, but less than 100. This kind of standard works when dealing with truly old, but not antique, items but falls short when using the term to describe something newer, and from a specific era.
“Estate” is a fancy way to say a piece is pre-owned and can be from any period in history. The term "estate jewelry" refers to the fact that the antique jewelry is often part of the estate of someone who has passed away. In some cases, the previous owner just may have decided to sell his or her own items.
Here at The Highlands Gem Shop we feature a great selection of antique, vintage and estate jewelry from many of the classic jewelry periods, as well as contemporary designs.