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Value Guide for Estate and Antique Jewelry

What is My Antique Jewelry Worth?

Find the value of estate jewelry and vintage and custom jewelry easy as 1-2-3! First, check the list. Next, search the Heritage Auctions archives to find the value of similar items sold at auction. Ready to sell? Request a free appraisal from the experts at Heritage Auctions.

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List of Collectible and Vintage Jewelry

Check the list for examples of jewelry that Heritage Auctions seeks for consignment to auction. Don't see your jewelry on the list? Search our archives to find the selling price of similar items. Read more

Check the list for examples of jewelry that Heritage Auctions seeks for consignment to auction. Don't see your jewelry on the list? Search our archives to find the selling price of similar items.

YES
  • Antique fine jewelry 100+ years old
  • Vintage fine jewelry 50+ year old
  • Fine jewelry owned by a celebrity
  • Large loose gemstones -- unmounted diamonds, sapphires and rubies, e.g.
  • Antique and vintage diamond and pearl necklaces
NO
  • Costume jewelry or hat pins
  • Comic watches or clocks
  • Sterling silver jewelry
  • Ivory jewelry
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How to Value Antique and Estate Jewelry

The best way to value your collectible antique jewelry is to search the auction archives to find the actual sale price of similar items. Read more

The best way to value your collectible antique jewelry is to search the auction archives to find the actual sale price of similar items.

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Factors that Determine the Worth of Antique Jewelry

There are several factors an appraiser looks at in determining the auction value of an individual item.

  • Age: Was the item designed during a particular period or era in history (i.e. Victorian, Art Deco, etc.)?
  • Designer: Is the jewelry item attributed to a particular designer such as Cartier or Tiffany? Look for the maker's mark on the jewelry to determine authenticity.
  • Materials: What is the item made of, gold or platinum? Metals carry different values. Are the gemstones precious like diamonds or semi-precious such as citrine?
  • Provenance: Did the item belong to a famous or well-known individual? Can the provenance be proven?
  • Quality: Basically, one is looking to make the distinction between fine materials and commercial grade materials. There are a number of observations to make with regard to quality. Are the gemstones lively and bright? Are the diamonds white? Are the sapphires medium blue vs. inky blue? In an item having numerous gemstones, how well matched are the colors? This question also applies to pearls. Is the strand well matched for color, shape, luster and surface?
  • Rarity: In a material sense, is there an uncommon gemstone type or size (for example a 10.00 carat diamond)?
  • Size: Is the diamond, gemstone or pearl larger than usual? An example would be a South Sea cultured pearl vs. a seed pearl. Is the pocket watch a standard or common size? Is it over-sized or is it extremely thin such as a tuxedo watch?
  • Uniqueness: Is the item one-of-a-kind or is it mass-produced?
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Request a Free Appraisal of Jewelry

Are you ready to sell your antique or estate jewelry? The first step in getting an accurate appraisal is to have the items assessed by a professional. Read more

Heritage has been serving the collectibles community for over three decades. During that time we have grown to become the world's largest collectibles dealer by always giving a fair deal.
We are always looking for quality Jewelry and Timepieces to purchase or auction. Request a free appraisal today.

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Meet our expert: Jill Burgum

Senior Director, Fine Jewelry, Dallas
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Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Fine Jewelry for Heritage Auctions, brings a wealth of jewelry expertise to the company.

A graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ms. Burgum received her B.A. in Art History. After completing her degree, she attended Bowman Tech and Stewart's International, both for training in jewelry manufacturing and repair, then the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California, where she completed degrees in both Graduate Gemology and Jewelry Design in 1994.

Ms. Burgum began her working career as an on-call preview worker for Sotheby's Beverly Hills, California. She then moved to San Francisco as a jewelry cataloguer for Butterfield & Butterfield Auctions in 1996, transferring to their Los Angeles Jewelry department in 1997 as lead specialist, which she eventually left to build two jewelry web sites for start-up companies. She has also worked in retail jewelry sales and owned her own independent jewelry appraisal business.

She has been a contributor to Art + Auction, Brilliant, Eclat, Modern Jeweler, MSN Money, and Rapaport magazines.

Ms. Burgum has been a guest lecturer for the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Gem & Mineral Council, and appeared as a specialist on HGTV, KTLA, CNN, FOX Business and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.



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