At Charles Schwartz, we’ve been collecting, buying, and selling fine jewelry since 1888. Over the years we’ve become experts on designer, vintage, antique, and estate jewelry pieces. We’ve worked to help our customers find the perfect pieces for them whether they’re buying an engagement ring, a gift for a loved one, or simply looking to add to their collection. During our consultations, we answer all sorts of questions, but one that frequently arises is “what’s the difference between antique and vintage jewelry?”

Antique vs. VintageThe Difference Between Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Vintage jewelry is typically more than 50 years old, but less than 100 years old. Unlike antique jewelry, vintage jewelry is often worn and displayed, as vintage jewelry is less likely to break due to its relatively young age. As many vintage designs are still in tune with many modern trends, vintage jewelry has become the ideal choice for making unique fashion statements or adding a little contemporary flair to an outfit.

Antique Jewelry is typically over 100 years old. Antique jewelry was crafted from high-quality materials with a superior level of craftsmanship, leading to sturdy, high-quality pieces. For this reason, in addition to the old age and relative scarcity of antique jewelry, many antique pieces are extremely valuable.

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Understanding the Difference: Antique vs. Vintage

The question of antique vs. vintage has always been important to some, but what we’ve learned is that it’s most important to find something you love. If you’re dead set on finding a specific era of jewelry, we’re more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for and can walk you through the specifics of each piece. But, if you’re simply looking for something with a bit of age, charm, and character we’re sure to find the right piece for you.

To schedule a consultation with one of our expert jewelers and find the right antique, vintage, or designer piece to add to your collection call 202-363-5432 or click here.