Classic bling once owned by Liz Taylor, Greta Garbo on sale …

“”What she used it for, we don’t know,” said Liz Petras, who oversees the estate jewelry department at Freeman Jewelers in the South Mall in Allentown, where the Garbo pin and a generous handful of other pieces of celebrity jewelry and accessories were on display Thursday.”

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Vintage Jewelry Can Help You Make A Statement

<p>The correct accessories, unlike any other addition to the ensemble you’re picking for the day, will give you an extra bit of pop. Scarves and belts may be functional and funky, but it’s difficult to top the personal fashion statement one gets from wearing vintage jewelry. The wearer’s fashion perspective or an appreciation for classic designs can be revealed or for use as a conversation starter with a stranger in the coffee shop, unique pieces, including broaches, necklaces or eye-catching rings will do the trick.</p>

<p>What Precisely Qualifies as “Vintage”?</p>

<p>Sometimes it is difficult to know how the word vintage pertains specifically to jewelry considering the fact that its meaning can be quite broad. Plus, the use of similar terms including “antique” and “estate” when describing jewelry can further muddy the waters. “Vintage” often refers to an item that is more in the range of 50 years old, while “antique” is generally used for items that are at least 100 years old. To further establish it as “estate” jewelry, the piece will likely have been owned by someone else.</p>

<p>However, it’s worth noting that “vintage” can mean different things to different people. Some would say the term could make reference to an item clearly tied to a specific design style, for example Mid-Century, but not a specific age. It’s important that one identifies a piece’s era before claiming an item is vintage or before purchasing jewelry labeled as such.</p>

<p>On the Hunt for High Quality Pieces</p>

<p>It is always a good idea to do a little research before handing over money for a piece of jewelry as is the case with any preowned item. Knowing specific designers’ marks or a company’s icon will be helpful, as is a having a basic understanding of the styles from various eras. It is ideal if you can recognize defining traits such as if an item’s patina or gem-setting method can help peg it to a time frame.</p>

<p>Older, preowned jewelry usually is one of a kind, so if a store is displaying five rings of the same style, those are new pieces as opposed to vintage. A piece might have been manufactured a week ago and then treated to seem aged.</p>

<p>The ability to demonstrate that their jewelry is not only authentically vintage as well as that gemstones or metals on the pieces are genuine is common among trustworthy sellers. Buyers should not hesitate to ask questions before making a purchase.</p>

<p>Caring for a Mature Jewelry Collection</p>

<p>For individuals who would like to wear vintage jewelry on a regular basis, it’s crucial to store and clean the collection properly. All pieces should be arranged so that they aren’t bumping into or scratching each other, and any items that are strung, such as pearl necklaces or jewelry with beading, should lie flat so as to prevent stretching. Because they can cause glues to break down or metals to pit, high heat and moisture should be avoided. Jewelry should be removed before one uses household cleaning chemicals.</p>

<p>If you have vintage items, there are many jewelry cleaners that may be used. Careful use of glass cleaner is acceptable as well. Jewelry should be totally dry before it is nestled into its storage pouch or a curio cabinet no matter which is used.</p>

<p>Any jewelry wardrobe can benefit from stylish, classic items. By knowing vintage characteristics, shopping prudently and taking good care of items, owners can enjoy their unique statement pieces for years to come.</p>
<p>You’ll discover breathtaking vintage jewelry that’s in style and simple to afford by visiting Gray & Sons. For more details on Gray & Sons, view them at their webpage, <a href=”http://www.grayandsons.com/”>grayandsons.com</a&gt;.</p>

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New Life, Love For Estate Jewelry

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“There are many things that appeal to customers when it comes to choosing estate jewelry, according to Steve Goodman of Sally Goodman. He noted that many older pieces are handcrafted in platinum versus cast or mass-produced like many rings today.”

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