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Some come to buy … others come to trade … and some come to sell. It’s Scheherazade Jewelers’ Great Estate jewelry event – starring Geolat Mondial, our estate jewelry partner. Mark your calendars for
Friday and Saturday – October 30th & 31st, 10 am to 8 pm
and Sunday – November 1st, 11 am to 5 pm
at Scheherazade in the Galleria.
Vintage is Chic – from Classic Cars to Estate Jewelry
Previously owned, previously loved luxury items continue to grow in popularity among all age groups.
Over the last five to ten years, the interest in estate jewelry has grown – and much of its popularity is a result of the price of gold.
As Baby Boomers start thinking of retirement, many decide to take advantage of the increased value of precious metals and begin selling their seldom worn jewelry, along with jewelry handed down from previous generations. That brings more desirable antique and estate period pieces to consumers through jewelry stores.
A younger generation is discovering a new appreciation for the quality, artistry and unique designs associated with Old World jewelry. By definition, estate jewelry ranges from 20 to 99 years old and jewelry that is a century or more old is considered “antique” jewelry.
The Estate Jewels of Scheherazade Diamonds
Prior to 1900, most diamonds were cut into Old European or Old Mine shapes because it was the only diamond cutting technology available at the time. In 1919, driven by a desire to create a more uniform shapes and improved fire and brilliance, diamond cutter Marcel Tolkowsky developed a round brilliant diamond that soon became the most popular diamond shape in the world.
The 1920s was also a pivotal period for pearls. First, the production of natural pearls dropped precipitously in the 1900s and stopped abruptly after World War II. Then, during the first two decades of the 20th century, the Japanese discovered how to mass-produce cultured pearls and during the early 1950s, cultured Japanese Akoya pearls became highly sought after. Later, South Sea pearl production introduced fine black pearls from Tahiti, white pearls from Australia and golden pearls from the Philippines and Indonesia. In more recent decades, the Chinese have become a leading producer of cultured freshwater pearls.
From Cleopatra’s lapis lazuli, coral and turquoise to the crown jewels of Great Britain’s monarchs, colored gemstones have been worn for centuries. Like diamonds, new manufacturing techniques have created the most beautiful colored gemstones more widely available to the masses in the last 50 years. But not all gemstones came to light in the earliest centuries. Newer discoveries have brought more modern colored gemstones to the jewelry market, such as tanzanite (discovered in the late 1960’s), Tsavorite garnet and Paraiba Tourmaline.
Cameos continue to be popular in the estate category. Pins are popular with today’s brides for everything from flower bouquets to pins in wedding dresses, veils and hairpieces. Detailed filigree rings from the 1920s to the 1950s are well loved. Art Deco designs continue to be as strong as ever. And many men are attracted to older timepieces.
Experience The Great Estate Event
Just in time for Scheherazade Jewelers’ the Great Estate Event, Patti Geolat, owner and president of Geolat Mondial has identified key estate jewelry trends starting with the comeback of bold classic yellow gold. Today’s estate jewelry buyers are seeking these pieces out.
Specially selected for your viewing pleasure, our Great Estate Event offers an expansive collection of fine Estate Jewelry including authentic period pieces and signed designer creations by notable houses like Cartier, Tiffany and more. All items will be available at remarkable special pricing throughout this event.
We invite you to bring in your too-precious-to-melt but no-longer-worn fine jewelry and watches. Our on-site experts will assist you in determining the best options for the disposition of your treasures (by appointment please, 952-926-2455).
All of the jewelry discussed here and many more estate and antique pieces will be part of Scheherazade Jewelers’ Great Estate jewelry event, from Friday, October 30th to Sunday, November 1st. Each piece has a unique story to tell and we’re excited to share this with you.