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Estate Jewelry

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To know something about estate jewelry, one really has to dig into many (sometimes complex) factors. Some of these will be touched upon in the About estate jewelry section of the Adin website and in Adin's estate jewelry Glossary. Although we do not intend here to delve into matters in depth, the following chapters give a good idea on estate jewelry and what it's all about.

Estate jewelry (also called vintage jewelry) is a term used for previously owned jewelry and for pieces of jewelry made in earlier (style-)periods and not necessarily pre-worn. It is not a dequalifying designation as many pieces of estate jewelry typically feature fine workmanship and high quality stones, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces. To be called "antique", a piece must be more than 100 years old. Estate jewelry includes many decades or eras. Each era has many different designs. These eras include Georgian, Early Victorian, Mid-Victorian, Late Victorian, Arts and Crafts era, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro.

The word "jewelry" (American spelling) or "jewellery" (British spelling) is a derivation of the word "jewel", which was anglicised from the Old French "jouel" some 800 years ago, in around the 13th century. The word "jouel" itself comes from the Latin word "jocale", meaning "plaything". Jewelry can be made out of almost every known material with the purpose to adorn nearly every part of the body.

The word "estate" comes from the Anglo-French "astat" or Old French "estat" which come from the Latin "status" meaning: "state or condition". The oldest sense (circa 1200) is "rank, standing, condition" while the sense "property" is from circa 1400 and changed over the ages from "worldly prosperity" as specific application to "landed property" (usually of large extent). Its first known record in American English dates back to 1623. The meaning "collective assets of a dead person or debtor" is from around 1830. Nowadays with the prefix "estate" we mean all of the valuable things an individual owns, such as real estate, art collections, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, investments, and life insurance.

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The following is a recap of the most interesting estate jewelry subjects:

Estate jewelry devided into style periods:
In this chapter on estate jewelry styles you will find an overview that shows the different estate jewelry styles and their names in the different countries over the ages ...
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Laws and regulations concerning estate jewelry:
Around 1800 Napoleon abolished the guilds and left the regulations of gold and silverware to the legislator. But what was the role of the guilds? The guilds guaranteed the integrity of the concerned trades ...
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Hallmarks to be found on estate jewelry:
There are many (hall-)marks to be found in estate jewelry. Some 19 different sorts in all. The chance of finding them struck all together in one piece is non-existing. Normally there will be between two and five ...
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Materials used in and for estate jewelry:
What materials do we use to make ourselves look prettier? 'Metals' is the obvious (though not exclusive) answer. These we can divide into: precious metals (gold, platinum, silver), non-precious metals ...
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Different alloys used in and for estate jewelry:
What is an alloy and what can you achieve by influencing it? Which alloy is better and which worse. Is it worth more or less etc.? An alloy is a mixture of different metals, which for jewelry has to contain ...
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Combination of metals used for estate jewelry:
The use of the different metals together isn't arbitrary, or at least not originally. About 2-300 years ago it was common for diamonds to be set in silver. Jewellers of that time believed that only a silver mounting ...
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Designs of estate jewelry:
Over the years it was royalty who commissioned and set trends for the different fashions. Obediently followed by the nobility and bourgeoisie. The church too was a very important commissioner, although more ...
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Reasons for wearing estate jewelry now and in the past:
Jewellery is often created for a special occasion or reason to show that the wearer follows a certain sport, belongs to a certain club i.e. free masons, to a certain part, in memoriam etc. Or a special happening ...
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Estate jewelry and its function:
Jewelry are objects, whatever material they are made of, that we use to ornament ourselves. Whether put, pierced through, or hung on our body, their function is to show or pretend our status. It is obvious that ...
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Estate jewelry, birthstones, monthstones and healing power:
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions mingled with pagan legends led to the association of certain stones with different months, astrological signs, Tribes of Israel and Apostles ...
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Ring size comparison list for estate jewelry from various countries:
Here you will find an extensive list for the comparison of all ring sizes as used in all countries in their local units, both for new as for estate rings.
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Extensive estate jewelry glossary:
The Adin Estate Jewelry Glossary is an extensive explanatory list of subjects that are related to jewelry in general and estate jewelry in particular and is still growing every day ...
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Fakes and counterfeits in estate jewelry:
Not everything known as fake is actually a fake. There are many kinds of fakes that have an intrinsic value of their own. Take the original Russian silver object that may have a fake Fabergé mark ...
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Commonly misspelled estate jewellery terms


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estate rings
estate earrings
estate brooches
estate necklaces
estate pendants
estate lockets
estate slides
estate stickpins
estate pocket watches
estate cufflinks
estate signets
estate medals
estate buttons
estate walking gear
estate writing gear
estate chains
estate various
estate women accessories
estate men accessories
estate loose stones
estate bangles
estate bracelets
estate sewing utilities
estate brooche and pendant in one
estate crosses
estate silverware
estate long dangling earrings
estate bar brooches
estate bol chains
estate book accessories
estate buckles
estate chains with bows
estate long chains
estate charm bracelets
estate chatelaines
estate compass
estate double clips
estate stud earrings
estate long hanging earrings
estate fausse montre
estate fab keys
estate garment closure
estate key rings
estate miniatures
estate needle cases
estate orders
estate perfume bottles
estate pill boxes
estate seals and intaglios
estate sealing wax holders
estate shawl clips

estate jewelry with diamonds
estate jewelry with rubies
estate jewelry with sapphires
estate jewelry with emeralds

estate rings with rose cut diamonds
estate earrings with rose cut diamonds
estate brooches with rose cut diamonds
estate pendants with rose cut diamonds
estate pendants with diamonds
estate chains with rose cut diamonds
estate bangles with rose cut diamonds
estate bracelets with rose cut diamonds
estate combined brooch and pendant with rose cut diamonds
estate jewelry with rose cut diamonds

estate jewelry with pearls
estate jewelry with agate
estate jewelry with alexandrite
estate jewelry with amber
estate jewelry with amethyst
estate jewelry with aquamrine
estate jewelry with cornelian
estate jewelry with chrysophrase
estate jewelry with citrine
estate jewelry with English crystal
estate jewelry with garnet
estate jewelry with hematite
estate jewelry with jade
estate jewelry with jasper
estate jewelry with jet
estate jewelry with lapis lazuli
estate jewelry with layer stone
estate jewelry with malachite
estate jewelry with marcasite
estate jewelry with moonstone
estate jewelry with nephrite
estate jewelry with onyx
estate jewelry with opal
estate jewelry with paste
estate jewelry with peridot
estate jewelry with quartz
estate jewelry with rock crystal
estate jewelry with spinel
estate jewelry with strass
estate jewelry with tanzanite
estate jewelry with tiger eye
estate jewelry with topaz
estate jewelry with tourmaline
estate jewelry with turquoise
estate jewelry with natural zirkon
estate jewelry with starlite
estate jewelry with hyacint

estate jewelry with bone
estate jewelry with clay
estate jewelry with coral
estate jewelry with faiance
estate jewelry with glass
estate jewelry with horn
estate jewelry with iron
estate jewelry with ivory
estate jewelry with lavastone
estate jewelry with leather
estate jewelry with mica
estate jewelry with mother of pearl
estate jewelry with human hair
estate jewelry with human teeth
estate jewelry with porcelain
estate jewelry with silk
estate jewelry with turtle
estate jewelry with wood

estate jewelry with animal theme
estate jewelry with floral theme
estate jewelry with cameos
estate jewelry with heraldic theme
estate jewelry with human theme
estate jewelry with insect theme
estate jewelry with love theme
estate jewelry with luck theme
estate jewelry with marine theme
estate jewelry month related
estate jewelry with music theme
estate jewelry with mythological theme
estate jewelry with naval theme
estate jewelry with tassles
estate jewelry with dangles
estate jewelry with hidden spaces
estate jewelry with micro mosaic and pietra dura
estate jewelry with trembleuse
estate jewelry with script
estate jewelry with Arab text
estate jewelry with Chinese text
estate jewelry with Cyrilic text
estate jewelry with Greek text
estate jewelry with Hebrew text
estate jewelry with Hierogoglyphs
estate jewelry with Japanese text
estate jewelry with Latin text
estate jewelry with message
estate jewelry with question mark
estate jewelry with anchor motif
estate jewelry with arrow motif
estate jewelry with bell motif
estate jewelry with belt motif
estate jewelry with building motif
estate jewelry with cartoon motif
estate jewelry with Christmas motif
estate jewelry with wedding motif
estate jewelry with Baptism motif
estate jewelry with cooking and eating motif
estate jewelry with dance motif
estate jewelry with fairy tale motif
estate jewelry with flag motif
estate jewelry with historical motif
estate jewelry with landscape motif
estate jewelry with legends and myths motif
estate jewelry with transport motif
estate jewelry with mourning motif
estate jewelry with musical motif
estate jewelry with remembrance motif
estate jewelry with ribbon motif
estate jewelry with romantical motif
estate jewelry with bow motif
estate jewelry with sports and games motif
estate jewelry with sword motif
estate jewelry with tools motif
estate jewelry with war and peace motif
estate jewelry with whip motif
estate jewelry with comet motif
estate jewelry with moon motif
estate jewelry with star motif

red gold estate jewelry
yellow gold estate jewelry
platinum estate jewelry
silver and gold estate jewelry
silver estate jewelry

estate jewelry with wirework
estate jewelry with filigree and granules
estate jewelry with enamel
estate jewelry with plique ajour enamel
estate jewelry with fringes

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