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There's something extra special about purchasing a one-of-a-kind jewelry item with a fascinating backstory. Maybe estate jewelry is so appealing because of its wide range of unique and whimsical designs or its age and historical significance. Either way, wearing antique jewelry means you'll carry a piece of history that no one else has.

Are you looking for antique and estate jewelry you won't find elsewhere? Immerse yourself in the thrill of the hunt and the excitement of discovery at Wellington & Co. Fine Jewelery in New Orleans.


The term "estate jewelry" refers to any kind of pre-owned jewelry, including antique jewelry, vintage jewelry, and heirlooms. Estate jewelry may have been handed down in a family from generation to generation, or it may have been purchased secondhand. Vintage and Retro jewelry is generally between 50 and 100 years old, while anything over 100 years old is classified as "Antique."

Pre-owned estate jewelry often features old-fashioned design elements and characteristics that differentiate them from more modern pieces. For example, diamonds in antique engagement rings from the early 18th century were cut by hand using the "Old Mine Cut" technique, which is no longer used. Many older pieces are also quite delicate, featuring romantic filigree designs and floral motifs. If you know what you are looking for, you can accurately identify the time period in which a piece of estate jewelry was made. 


Antique jewelry is generally classified by the time period in which it was produced. Every era has its own style and special characteristics, and each piece produced from an era is like a lasting impression of that moment in time. Jewelry from the Victorian Era, for example, is known for being quite sentimental and romantic, while pieces from the Art Deco Era are more inspired by geometric shapes.

Here is an introduction to some of the most well-known time periods for estate jewelry:

The Georgian Era (1714 - 1837)

Jewelry from the Georgian Era is known for its ornate designs and large gemstones. Although the stone cutting and setting techniques from this era are considered a bit primitive, the level of detail achieved by the master craftsmen of the Georgian era is highly impressive. Nowadays, it is very hard to find authentic Georgian jewelry.

Victorian Era (1837 - 1901)

Named after Queen Victoria, Victorian jewelry is characterized by romantic and sentimental symbols for love and mourning. You may recognize Victorian jewelry for details like cameo stones, draping necklaces, and elaborately long earrings.

Edwardian Era (1901-1915)

Edwardian Era jewelry is characterized by its delicate, intricate designs and use of precious gemstones such as diamonds, pearls, and sapphires. Platinum became increasingly popular during the Edwardian Era, allowing for more intricate and detailed designs. Pieces often featured floral motifs, lace-like filigree work, and intricate gemstone settings. 

Art Nouveau Era (1890 - 1915)

Nature motifs of plants and insects are especially recognizable in Art Nouveau jewelry, along with organic curves and asymmetrical shapes. Gold, silver, and enamel were shaped and molded into luminous and mysterious designs that still evoke a sense of wonder to this day.

Art Deco Era (1920 - 1945)

Jewelry from the Art Deco Era is inspired by art and architecture. It usually features clean lines and geometric shapes. The jewels adorning Art Deco pieces have sharp edges and vibrant colors and are often set in brilliant white metals like platinum.


Although modern jewelry can be beautiful, the allure of buying antique jewelry is undeniable. When you purchase estate pieces, you are also purchasing a small piece of history that becomes a part of your story. It's a great way to honor the past while elevating your own personal style.

Pre-owned jewelry is also a smart purchase if you are looking for exceptional quality at a decent price. Estate jewelry can be significantly less expensive than a new piece in a similar design. Some people also prefer antique jewelry over newly manufactured jewelry because it is more environmentally friendly. Ultimately, a special piece of jewelry should speak to you, and antique jewelry has a lot to say!


The best antique and estate jewelry for sale in New Orleans's French Quarter can be found at Wellington & Co. Fine Jewelry. Our showroom is filled with stunning jewels from a variety of classic time periods, and our knowledgeable staff is eager to share them with you. Contact our team or visit us today to find the perfect antique piece for your collection!