Anything that has been previously owned can be considered ‘estate’… a hierarchy of terms where anything antique (90+ years) and anything vintage (usually 40+ years) is estate. However, usually when a piece of jewelry is described as estate, it falls within the range of being 40 or less years old. It describes jewelry that cannot fit nicely into the term vintage or the term antique. We try to avoid the confusion by always dating the pieces to the best of our knowledge.
Lauren Thomann founded the blossoming vintage jewelry business, Ageless Heirlooms, in 2006. She has spent the last decade dealing in and educating herself on estate fine jewelry.