Bringing Glamour Back
June 7, 2014
Elizabeth Taylor’s famed jewelry collection was auctioned for $156,756,576.00 in December of 2011. More recently, major auction houses report record sales for “important jewels”. These jewels with provenance- either with clear hallmarks from major jewelry design houses such as Cartier or Bulgari or with a history of belonging to a celebrity or historical figure sell for beyond their appraised value. “Estate” jewelry is a fast developing market for the jewelry collector and connoisseur, history buffs, and investors. Estate jewelry is a blanket term encompassing any jewelry that has been previously owned including vintage jewelry- which is jewelry that can be identified to a certain period- and antique jewelry which is jewelry that is over 100 years old.
The appeal of estate jewelry is different for many but one thing is certain- estate jewelry’s value is much more than the sum of its gems and precious metals. Over the course of just 150 years the world forged a path of prosperous innovation and industry, fought wars, and cycled through boom and bust repeatedly. Jewelry was a reflection and a sign of the times and design, function, and innovation were linked to the economic and political climate of its day. From the dark, understated jewelry of the mid Victorian age when the world was in mourning to the clean, bold Art Deco lines of the industrial age- estate jewelry is a gilded glimpse into history. Venus Jewelers hosts a yearly Estate Show and Sale featuring an expansive collection of estate jewelry from the 1800’s to present day. This year’s show on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10:00-6:00 pm will feature jewels from the estate of Greta Garbo, Betty Hutton, and John Wayne.
About Venus Jewelers Voted 2013 Central New Jersey’s “Best of the Best” by the Readers Choice Contest hosted by the Home News Tribune. Venus Jewelers is a fourth generation family-owned business that has been in operation for thirty-five years at its present location in Somerset, New Jersey. Venus Jewelers is known for its custom-design work, repair services, bridal collection, and as direct diamond importers.