Jewellery can be a timeless accessory however designs do go in and out of fashion depending on the era. The worth of a piece of fine jewellery or contemporary jewellery depends heavily on the quality, craftsmanship and current market demands for a specific piece.
There are different terms used for different types of jewellery however they can often be used interchangeably within the market. It is important though to remember that each term has its differences, all of which are important for understanding the value of an item.
Vintage jewellery is any piece of jewellery that is more than 20 years old and less than 100 years old.
Estate jewellery is any piece of jewellery that has been previously owned, regardless of how old it is.
Antique jewellery must be more than 100 years old. It is often more popular when the jewellery has been handmade making it a more valuable piece of vintage jewellery.
Contemporary jewellery dates back to the 1980’s and has evolved over time. We have seen everything from gold to coloured diamonds. In the 1990’s consumers became more concerned about the quality of gemstones and where they came from. Since then there has been a surge in design and technique thanks to the availability of new technologies and materials.