Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
at Scheherazade Jewelers at the Edina Galleria
Previously owned, previously loved luxury items continue to grow in popularity. Over the past decade, interest in estate jewelry has grown, and much of its popularity is due to the price of gold.
As baby boomers start looking toward retirement, many are taking advantage of the increased value of precious metals and are selling their seldom-worn jewelry as well as heirlooms handed down from previous generations. That brings more desirable antique and estate-period pieces to the market.
A younger generation is discovering a new appreciation for the artistry, quality and unique designs associated with Old World jewelry. By definition, estate jewelry ranges from 20 to 99 years old; jewelry that is a century or more in age is considered antique.
The Estate Jewels of Scheherazade
Prior to 1900, most diamonds were cut into Old European or old mine shapes, because it was the only diamond-cutting technology available. In 1919, driven by a desire to create more uniform shapes and improved brilliance, diamond cutter Marcel Tolkowsky developed a round, brilliant diamond that soon became the most popular shape.
The 1920s was a pivotal period for pearls. First, the production of natural pearls dropped precipitously in the 1900s and stopped abruptly after World War II. Then, during the first two decades of the 20th century, the Japanese discovered how to mass produce cultured pearls; in the early 1950s, cultured Japanese Akoya pearls became highly sought after. Later, South Sea pearl production introduced fine black pearls from Tahiti, white pearls from Australia, and golden pearls from Indonesia and the Philippines. In more recent decades, China has become a leading producer of cultured freshwater pearls.
From Cleopatra’s lapis lazuli, coral and turquoise to the crown jewels of Great Britain’s monarchs, colored gemstones have been worn for centuries. As with diamonds, new manufacturing techniques have made them more widely available in the past 50 years. But not all gemstones came to light in the earliest centuries. Newer discoveries have brought modern colored gemstones to the market, such as Paraiba tourmaline, tanzanite and Tsavorite garnet.
Cameos continue to thrive in the estate category. Pins are popular with today’s brides for everything from flower bouquets to pins in wedding dresses, veils and hairpieces. Detailed filigree rings from the 1920s to the 1950s are also well-loved, as are Art Deco designs and older timepieces.
Experience The Great Estate Event
Just in time for Scheherazade Jewelers’ Great Estate Event, Patti Geolat, owner and president of Geolat Mondial, has identified key estate-jewelry trends, starting with the comeback of bold, classic yellow gold.
This event offers an expansive collection of fine estate jewelry, including authentic period pieces and signed designer creations by such notable houses as Cartier, Tiffany and more. All items will be available at remarkable pricing.
Scheherazade Jewelers invites you to bring in your too-precious-to-melt but no-longer-worn fine jewelry and watches. The on-site experts will assist you in determining the best options for the disposition of your treasures. To set up an appointment, please call 952-926-2455.