Diamond Banc of Kansas City is the best place to sell your antique jewelry in the Kansas City area. If you have inherited estate jewelry from one of your family members, you can rest assured knowing our experts will take every value-adding factor into consideration when purchasing your antique pieces. We not only take the metal value into consideration, we also look at the era in which the jewelry was created. Jewelry fashion trends tend to be cyclical and older jewelry pieces are often sought after for their character, craftsmanship and unique design features.
Sotirio Bulgari founded Bulgari in Rome in 1884. He was inspired by his Greek heritage and the city of Rome; many of the brand’s collections today are still influenced by Greek & Roman history, architecture and culture.
Due to Bulgari’s very distinct style, their jewelry is easily recognizable making it very trendy. One of their most recognizable collections is the Serpenti. The central motif of this collection is the snake, which symbolizes rebirth and transformation. They began making serpent jewelry in the 1940’s using a technique called Tubogas, which was inspired by an ancient Roman technique to make jewelry. This technique was perfect for wrapping jewelry around the arm. They utilized it in watches, using this technique for the band and a watch face where the head of the snake would be.
Knowing your jewelry and its history helps determine its value. With periods like the Edwardian era, Art Deco and Mid-Century design, it’s easy to misdate your vintage beauties.
The worth of an estate piece depends on what style is popular at whatever time the owner decides to sell. For instance, the Art Deco period has become fashionable again, so jewelry from that period is worth more because there are more potential buyers. Some classic styles are more resistant to the ebbs and flows of fashion, like pendent necklaces or single-stone engagement ring settings. A vintage piece that is out of fashion will rarely be worth more than the gems and metals it’s made from. Continue reading “Determining Vintage Jewelry’s Value”