Why We Love the Victorian Era

Why We Love the Victorian Era

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Our Estate Show is upon us and we have some really exciting new pieces to share.  Our buyers have been working hard over the past few months to bring some of the most unique and intricate pieces we have ever seen!  Some of these items are from the Victorian Era, one of our favorite eras. Here’s a few fun facts about the Victorian Era and some of our favorite pieces you should definitely check out for yourself:

  • Many of the eras were named after royalty – you guessed it, the Victorian Era was named after Queen Victoria and was from 1831-1901
  • Pieces from this era were all handmade – something we rarely see with modern jewelry – its amazing to see these pieces have lasted over a hundred years!
  • This era was also known as the “Romance Era”, an emphasis on sentiment, hearts and floral designs were extremely common in earlier in this era
  • Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861 so we find that black enamel and jet jewelry grew in importance as Victoria remained in formal mourning by dressing in black every day until the day she died, 40 years later (talk about true love!)
  • Cameos, slide necklaces and memoir pieces were also very common during this era

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from our Victorian Era Estate collection:

10960075 copy14kyg Victorian Era Slide Necklace with Oval Stone Cameo Slide and Seed Pearl, $2,495

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18kyg Victorian Era Mourning Pin with Black Onyx and Seed Pearls, $1,100

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18kyg Victorian Era Enameled Oval Brown Zircon & Diamond Ring, $3,950

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14kyg Victorian Era Carved Cameo Pin/Pendant, $2,295

Don’t forget to stop in to view our collection of hundreds of Estate Pieces this weekend and check out our website for our full Estate Show schedule

Why You Should Have Your Jewelry Appraised Regularly

Why do you need your jewelry appraised and why do you need it re-appraised every 7 years?

  1. Insurance.  The most important reason for appraisals is for insurance purposes. Jewelry not only has a sentimental value but a monetary value and in many cases, a significant value.  Because of this, you want to protect your jewelry and investment. While no one likes to talk about it, there is the possibility that your jewelry may get lost, stolen or damaged and when filing a claim with your insurance company, they will rely on the value of the piece based on your appraisal.  While anyone can appraise an item, it is important to find a reputable jeweler who has been accredited by the American Gem Society (AGS) to ensure you are trusting your valuables with a professional who has been meticulously trained and certified to appraise jewelry properly.  The best way to determine this is to visit the AGS website and find an appraiser or look for CGA (Certified Gemologist Appraiser) after their name.  Another point to note – some insurance companies do not accept appraisals that are 2 years or older.  Make sure you ask your insurance company on their policy and how frequently they require updated appraisal documents.  Michaels recommends you have your jewelry appraised every 3-5 years.
  2. The value of your jewelry can change. The precious metal market is just like the stock market – the value changes on a daily basis, sometimes slightly and sometimes drastically.  The value of your jewelry can, in some cases, increase over time!
  3. Restyling or any change to your jewelry.  After time, we may want to change up our jewelry, whether taking the center stone of a ring and making it into a pendant or perhaps changing up the setting to have a more modern look.  Any time that you make an adjustment to your jewelry, you should have it re-appraised to the proper value of the item
  4. You can save 50%!  Michaels Jewelers has an Appraisal Program, where if you have your piece appraised with us, you can have it re-appraised within 7 years at 50% off the cost of the appraisal
  5. Detect Damage – If it has been a while since your jewelry has been appraised or inspected by a professional, you may not realize that there has been damage to your jewelry.  Aside from having your jewelry appraised every few years, visit a reputable, certified jeweler to inspect and professionally clean your jewelry at least every 6 months.  You may not realize it, but at times prongs can shift in jewelry or cracks can form in the stones.  By detecting the damage early on, they can be repaired before something worse happens – such as a stone falling out, in which you would need to go through your insurance.  Inspection and cleaning is complimentary at any Michaels Jewelers location – so don’t wait!