What You Should Know About Estate Jewelry

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If you are familiar with the auction scene or have had a large amount of jewelry passed down in your family, you’ve probably heard the term estate jewelry before. When it comes to estate jewelry, there are some essential pieces of information you need to know, both if you are selling jewelry or looking to buy. In today’s blog post, Preusser Jewelers discusses what you should know about this type of jewelry.

What Is Estate Jewelry?

Before we get into the details, it’s important to distinguish what estate jewelry. Many people have heard the term, but not everybody knows what it really means. It’s actually very simple. Estate jewelry is, essentially, pre-owned jewelry, and you shouldn’t confuse it with antique jewelry.

Typically, antique jewelry is jewelry that is at least 100 years old. While estate pieces are not antique unless they reach that point, professionals use the term estate jewelry for pieces a decade old or older.

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Do Your Research

When buying estate jewelry, the most useful thing you can do is conduct proper research. In most instances, estate pieces are sold after a person passes away and they leave their jewelry behind. The most common places that you find this type of jewelry is at auctions, estate sales, and even antique stores. It’s essential to do proper research before buying a piece. That way you can verify its age and value. The best place to look for this jewelry is at estate sales because it is easier to authenticate than at antique stores or auctions. The dilemma is a simple one. You might find the best deal at an antique store, but you might not be getting the highest quality piece.

Know the Market

If you’re selling estate jewelry, the best thing you can do is know your market. You might not live in an area that has a big auction scene or antique stores that garner a lot of interest. As noted earlier, the best place to sell these pieces is through an estate sale because it is easier to authenticate. However, for sellers in a tough area, online sales are always an option.

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Before selling any piece, however, you should get it appraised so you know its actual value. Arguably the biggest mistake made by people selling old antiques or jewelry is that they sell pieces without knowing their real value. When this happens, you leave money on the table.

Contact Preusser Jewelers for More Information and Tips

If you are looking for jewelry solutions, both traditional and custom, Preusser Jewelers can help. For more information on our collections, get in touch with us today at (616) 458-1425 or contact us online today.

Common Questions About Custom Jewelry

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As you search for the perfect piece of jewelry, whether it’s an engagement, anniversary or a birthday, you might consider going the custom jewelry route. You have the ideal piece of jewelry in mind, but searching for that diamond in the rough can be tiresome and frustrating. Creating a custom piece ends the search. However, this process can also be complicated. In today’s blog post, Preusser Jewelers talks about some common questions surrounding custom jewelry.

How Do I Pick a Design?

The design process is the most critical aspect of the custom process. You might be tired of searching for the perfect piece, but without the right design you wind up right back where you started.  This just adds to your perceived frustrations. At Preusser Jewelers, our skilled craftsmen will help you create an ideal design for custom jewelry that you’ll love. We work with the highest quality metals and stones. Our jewelers make your beautiful design a reality with our highly skilled craftsmanship.

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How Does the Process Work?

Typically, the process of creating a custom piece begins with a consultation. First, you meet or speak on the phone with a designer to give him or her a better idea of what you are looking for. Then, the person will move on to the sketching phase where they construct hand sketches that show you what your design will look like.

Once you approve the sketch, the jeweler moves to the rendering process, giving you a more realistic vision of your custom piece. After that, you typically see a wax model after the rendering, which eventually gives way to the actual manufacturing process. After just a few more weeks, you have your beautiful custom piece in hand.

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How Long Does the Process Take?

The entire custom jewelry process at Preusser Jewelers takes, on average, three to five weeks. At Preusser, we want you to be involved during the whole process, from talking to the jeweler through the completion of the piece. Our goal is to produce a piece of jewelry that you will love. Depending on the complexity of the project, that can take time. However, we can assure you that the final product will be well worth the wait.

How Much Does Custom Jewelry Cost?

As you would expect, custom jewelry is generally more expensive than ordinary jewelry because it also includes very particular design and labor work. Because this is a custom process, there isn’t a set cost for custom jewelry. Depending on the metal you choose, the stones you want, and the design itself, prices may vary significantly.

Contact Preusser Jewelers for More Information

If you are looking for traditional or custom jewelry, Preusser Jewelers has your solution. For more information on what we bring to the table, get in touch with us at (616) 458-1425 or contact us online today.