Welcome to the new home for lover's of antique, vintage and estate jewelry - Voel's Jewelry site.
Firstly - what is Estate Jewelry?
Estate jewelry is jewelry that has come from the estate of a deceased person. Yes, that does sound very simple and indeed it is. When people pass away their possessions become part of an estate and the relatives that these goods are bequeathed to must make a decision as to what to do with the items. Some items will be kept for sentimental reasons but often the remainder of the estate is sold off.
It would probably take us a lifetime to list every possible method of obtaining quality items of jewelry from Estate Sales so we will just concentrate on the main three for now.
1. Auction Houses
A very large proportion of items from estates are sent to auction houses to be sold to the highest bidder. You will have to do your own research on your local auction centres as there are thousands worldwide and each has their own areas of expertise.
Find out more about auctions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auction
2. Clearance Firms
Often an estate will be subject to a house clearance and items of jewelry will simply be taken along with everything else. It is always worth getting in touch with your local House Clearance companies and making them an offer on any items of interest. These companies love to keep things simple so if they don't have to find a route to market they will usually be happy to sell the items at an attractive price.
3. Specialist websites
There are many specialist dealers in antique and estate jewelry and a simple search on Google will leave you with an enormous choice. A lot of these sites are priced around the full retail mark so they are not necessarily where you will find bargains but others are very reasonably priced: www.adhgems.co.uk/ is a prime example. Finding antique jewelry for sale online can become very addictive though, so be prepared to sit up late staring at your computer screen.
We have just made a major purchase from ADH Gems and it was so nice for the owner to call us personally even taking the time zones into consideration. Personal service like this does not happen often in this day and age and really made the transaction special. Go visit their site: ADH Gems Antique Jewelry - you won't regret it.