Vintage Emerald Gemstone RingHere at Charles Schwartz & Son Jewelers, we offer a distinctive collection of vintage jewelry, curated with over a century of expertise as one of the oldest jewelry stores in Washington, DC. Our commitment to excellence ensures that each piece in our collection is professionally handpicked, waiting to become a staple in your jewelry collection.

Understanding vintage jewelry

Jewelry holds a significant place in society, reflecting ever-changing trends and designs throughout history. At Charles Schwartz & Son, our vintage jewelry experts are well-versed in dating and classifying vintage pieces. Whether you’re intrigued by the romance of Georgian-era jewelry or the bold geometric elements of Art Deco pieces, we’re here to guide you through the journey of discovering the rich history behind each piece.

Jewelry is considered “vintage” when it surpasses the 50-year mark but is less than 100 years old. With numerous vintage designs seamlessly blending with today’s fashion trends, vintage jewelry has emerged as the perfect option for crafting distinctive style statements or infusing a touch of charm into any ensemble.

Exploring the eras of DC vintage jewelry

From the lavish designs of the Victorian era to the sleek sophistication of the Art Deco period, each vintage era offers its own unique charm. The two eras that fall into the vintage jewelry category are the Art Deco and the Retro era. Let’s dive into the details of these eras:

Art Deco Era (1915-1935)

  • Abstract patterns and geometric elements
  • Ornate detailing and diamond-intensive designs
  • Emphasis on linear symmetry
  • Use of gemstones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires
  • Influence of societal advances, Jazz Age

Retro Era (1945-1960)

  • Big, bold, oversized designs
  • Glamorous, Hollywood-inspired motifs
  • Use of gold in rose, yellow, and green tones
  • Common gemstones include aquamarines, rubies, and sapphires
  • Popularized cocktail jewelry and whimsical designs

Selling and buying your vintage jewelry pieces

Ready to part with your vintage jewelry pieces? Trust the experts at Charles Schwartz & Son to provide a seamless selling experience. Since 1888, we’ve been buying and selling the finest vintage jewelry in Washington, DC. Our vintage jewelry experts will evaluate your pieces with care and professionalism, offering you the highest possible price for your treasures. Whether you’re looking to sell a family heirloom or a recent acquisition, we’ll ensure that the process is handled with the utmost respect and confidentiality.

We buy and sell a wide range of pieces, each carefully inspected and appraised by our jewelry experts. From vintage gold jewelry to cocktail rings, pendant necklaces, and vintage watches in DC, there is something available for everyone. Allow us to guide you through this process as you step back in time with the finest vintage pieces.

Exploring vintage engagement rings DC

Nothing brings more charm and sophistication to a milestone like marriage than our vintage rings in Washington, DC. Vintage-style rings from the Art Deco and Retro era bring a romantic touch to tying the knot. Here at Charles Schwartz & Son Jewelers, we have a wide selection of vintage engagement rings to shop from. There is surely something for every bride and every style. There’s something beautiful about bringing stories from the past into the new story you’re building with your partner.

Experience the difference with Charles Schwartz & Son DC

With over 125 years of experience in the Washington, DC jewelry scene, Charles Schwartz & Son is your trusted partner for all things vintage. Whether you’re looking to add to your collection or sell your treasures, our team is dedicated to providing you with exceptional service and expertise. Visit us today to explore our collection of vintage jewelry or schedule a consultation to sell your pieces. Discover the beauty of vintage jewelry with Charles Schwartz & Son.

Ready to explore vintage pieces in Washington DC? Stop by our store or contact us to learn more about buying, selling, or discovering the world of vintage jewelry.