Chicago Estate Jewelry
The 3rd Sunday April through October the Vintage Garage will be evaluating or buying vintage costume and estate jewelry each month. It can be a jewelry box, a drawer full of accessories, or an individual piece.
We consider estate jewelry to be anything older than 1990, whether it's fine or costume.
The eras, types and styles of Chicago estate jewelry are vast:
Art Deco Jewelry
Midcentury Modernist Jewelry
Rhinestone Costume Jewelry - sparkling crystals were all the rage
Designer signed costume jewelry - Hattie Carnegie, Miriam Haskell, Kenneth Jay Lane, Jomaz, Mazer, KJL, Givenchy, Chanel.
Native American Silver Jewelry
Memphis Style Jewelry
Buying scrap gold
And then there's Victorian Jewelry. Named for Queen Victoria, this era was during her reign from 1837 to 1901. Snake jewelry was popular, thanks to the Queen and her prince. A snake with a tail in it's mouth is considered a symbol of love eternal. Engagement rings were often made of diamonds, platinum or gold; 9 carat gold was a popular material along with plenty of gold filled items that are considered costume. Bird and flower designs were also popular at the time. The death of Queen Victoria's husband also began Mourning Jewelry. All black glass or jet formed into different pieces. Hair jewelry and so much more.
Check out the style overview with great photos from Collectors Weekly.
Check out the Vintage Garage schedule to plan your next vintage adventure!
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