Welcome to Vintage Jewelry Market Guide!

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My name is Mandy and I’ll be walking you through the ins and outs of purchasing vintage jewelry. VintageMarketGuide.com provides shopping tips and information about vintage markets, sales & shows throughout the United States.

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*Thanks* to all of you who’ve been emailing me with vintage market information – I really appreciate it and it makes me want to hit the road and shop at some of these amazing shows you’ve been telling me about!

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With that, let’s get your started with sizing up jewelry deals in the secondary market.


Estate Jewelry – Deal or No Deal? 

How should you approach and find good buys in estate jewelry?

Estate Jewelry is just pre-owned jewelry in simple terms. This does not devalue it by any means. Several diamonds can be found in the rough (pun not intended) among estate jewelry. Think of a stunning pair of sapphire and diamond Buccellati earrings having a brilliant fire, or a graceful geometric H Stern bracelet having small diamonds lightly dusted over it.

Looking for diamond jewelry in second hand is the option that smart people seek while considering a diamond purchase. The motive may be their interest in the articles of jewelry that are being passed on from generations or maybe to find the best value on their money by finding good buys in second hand. For any reason, people aspiring to buy estate jewelry often ponder if they will be able to acquire a top-notch quality piece of jewelry at the best possible price or not.

Estate Sales Are Great Places to Start Browsing

Where to go for getting good pieces of estate jewelry? The answer would be at an estate sale. No, it is not a yard sale or a flea market.  Estate sales are when the owner of valuable possessions, tries to sell off their valuables as soon as possible at the best possible prices they can get. Almost always, such estate sales are carried out by professional.  Most of the good buys are generally sold by the time an average fellow hears about or reaches to one of such estate sales. Moreover, an inexperienced person will be unable to tell the difference about which stuff is worth purchasing and which ones are no use for money.

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Research your Options

First of all, research your options thoroughly if you are intending to buy some jewelry from an estate sale. Many offers at the several estate sales might peak your interest. Do not settle on the first diamond jewelry article that you come across on the fist estate sale you go to. Look around, and carry out independent research, it will enable you to find a best buy which is also perfect for you.

Take a Professional Appraiser/Gemologist’s Advice

Before making a purchase from an estate sale, be sure to get that piece appraised by a professional gemologist. This way, you will be much more assured that what you are purchasing is good quality artwork and worthy of your money. Be sure that your appraiser is a professional and reputable so you can get the right advice to make a wise purchase decision.

To some collectors, half the fun is perusing estate sales, finding pieces, and getting them appraised. For others, they just want to find the jewelry without the hassle and risk of paying too much for a piece better off to be scrapped.

In the latter case, it would just be better to find a professional in the business and purchase your piece of jewelry from them. The person to contact would be an estate jewelry salesman and BUYER. The fact that they buy is key. It means they know how much pieces are worth and can instantly detect quality. Someone who just sells will try to turn a profit on just about anything. But a person who buys, HAS to know their stuff.

I hope this short write up has shed some insight on estate sales. Good luck with your shopping!


Other Services We Provide

about me

I used to work as a salesperson in a jewelry store and I know exactly the process of getting the absolute best engagement ring possible.

As you know, there is just so much to learn in a very short space of time, so I’ve put together a section that’s designed to make the whole process far easier, less stressful and take some of the intimidation out of the experience.

For those that have already done a bit of research and think that getting the ring of her dreams that also comes within your budget is impossible then you might like to think again it is very possible to get the perfect ring at the perfect price. As you read through the articles you will find out exactly how to do this and the best places to buy from.

OK, follow along as we will show you where to get the best deals. We’ll even let you in on our story, how we found out first-hand the difference between buying engagement rings offline and buying them online and how we saved ourselves a packet load of cash while getting a ring that was beyond our dreams!

Grab a chair and a coffee, a pen and paper – you are gonna want to take notes – here we go!