Estate Buying

From the bold, geometric shapes of Art Deco to the sensuous curves of Art Nouveau, Antique and Estate Jewelry offers a wide array of choices for the discerning collector. For those interested in uncommon designs and materials, buying jewelry secondhand can be a rewarding experience. Let Silverscape designs assist with options for attaining the highest prices for your precious jewelry. We can help organize a brokerage sale or make an outright purchase.

Q. What is the difference between Antique and Estate Jewelry?

The term ‘estate' means previously owned and refers to the items made from 1950 to present. These items are not old enough to be classified as ‘antique' and do not always come from the original period their style represents. For example, an original Art Deco ring would have been made during the 1920s or 30s. However, art deco designs were also made decades later. These items are referred to as ‘estate art deco' and could have been made anytime after 1950.

Items are only designated Antique when the age is 100 years or more. Important design periods are also used as designations including: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, and Retro.

Q. Do you sell originals or reproductions?

Our merchandise is period, unless otherwise noted. The item will always have an approximate date of manufacture.

Q. What is Retro Jewelry?

Retro Jewelry is from the era of the 1930s and 40s, a period during which war slowed down jewelry production. As the 1930s progressed, precious metals were rare and palladium was used extensively. Copper was also used with gold, producing ‘rose gold’. Hollow settings were used to conserve metal. Popular gemstones of the period included citrine, aquamarine, amethyst, topaz, pearls, and quartz.

Q. How do you describe the condition of each item?

We personally write the descriptions of each item on our website. We do our best to give an accurate report of the condition on each item. Remember, these are not new items, and you should expect a certain amount of age.

Q. Does Silverscape Designs purchase estate jewelry and diamonds?

Silverscape Designs will evaluate your estate jewelry and diamonds for consignment consideration. It will take a couple of days to get you an accurate quote. If we decide your pieces are appropriate for consignment at Silverscape Designs, we will explain our consignment policy to you. You can then decide if you wish to enter into a consignment agreement. You can e-mail a description and pictures of the items you are interested in selling using this e-mail link.

Q. What are antique-cut diamonds?

Antique-cut diamonds include rose-cut diamonds, single-cut diamonds, cushion-cut diamonds and European-cut diamonds. Antique diamonds were cut to maximize carat weight and not "fire" like modern diamonds, which are proportionally quite different. Sadly, many of these delightful antique diamonds were re-cut using modern techniques now making the remaining antique cut diamonds rare and very much in demand by those who appreciate their unique beauty and soft romantic glow.
The rose-cut diamond is so-called due to its resemblance of the petals of a rose bud. With a flat bottom and dome shaped crown, the facets of a rose cut diamond meet in a point in the center.
Single-cut diamonds have an octagonal girdle, a table, eight bezel or crown facets and 8 pavilion facets. These stones may or may not have a culet.
Cushion-cut diamonds, also referred to as "old mine cut diamonds", are the earliest form of the modern brilliant cut. They have a high crown, small table, deep pavilion, large culet and a cushion shaped girdle.
European-cut diamonds have a very small table, heavy crown and delightful overall depth. This cut was the precursor to the today's brilliant-cut diamond.

Q. Do you guarantee your items? What is your Guarantee?

All items will carry a fair description which will include at a minimum the approximate date, place of origin if know and the condition. We guarantee all items listed as genuine, or original will be so. We guarantee all reproductions or copies will be listed and sold as such. We will never misrepresent any item listed.