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When jewelry makers engrave the inside of a ring or the underside of a piece of jewelry, the piece is called signed jewelry. The trend of signed jewelry pieces by jewelry makers and jewelry houses began in the mid-1800s and the practice continued in popularity through the 20th century. Signed jewelry by some of the top jewelry makers in the world can add significant value; especially considering the maker and time period. Classic jewelry designers like Bulgari, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. engrave their jewelry. It's like a personalized stamp that makes the piece of jewelry recognizable and unique. Vintage signed jewelry is valued by collectors around the world and Roman Malakov in NYC has several unique pieces of vintage designer signed jewelry from names like Cartier, Harry Winston, and Tiffany & Co.
Much vintage jewelry was created in a historical period where craftsmanship was highly valued. The hard work and dedication that went into creation and design makes vintage signed jewelry that much more valuable and cherished. Signed vintage jewelry can even have a higher value than un-signed jewelry pieces, especially when the pieces are at least 50 years old.
Vintage pieces are typically between 50 and 100 years old, and the enduring craftsmanship allows them to be worn and displayed without worry. Jewelry that is more than 100 years old may be considered antique, and the rarity of those pieces might preclude you from wearing such valuable pieces. Vintage and antique signed jewelry is also referred to as estate jewelry when the pieces have had a previous owner. Many signed vintage estate jewelry pieces are considered extra valuable when their previous owners were famous or high-profile people in history or when they are signed by a jewelry house or maker of renown.
Jewelry designers are often innovative and create unique pieces that reflect their current era. That’s why jewelry designers of the past become revered for their unique talents and designs. When a jewelry designer engraved their signature into a piece of jewelry, they were leaving their mark on what would one day become a historical artifact and reflection of its time.
The history of vintage signed jewelry designers most notably began in 1861 when Tiffany & Co. designed a custom piece of jewelry for Abraham Lincoln’s wife to wear at his inauguration. Tiffany & Co. became beloved by well-known ladies in New York City society circles, and as the decades went on, Tiffany & Co. continued to design jewelry that represented the originality and aesthetics of styles and trends.
Another popular designer of vintage signed jewelry is Cartier of Paris, which also began in the mid-1800s and became a world-renowned jewelry designer well into the 20th century and even now. Vintage jewelry pieces by Cartier are distinctive in their own design and style, and the engraved Cartier signature only adds to the value and allure.
Harry Winston is perhaps one of the most well-known diamond jewelry designers of the 20th century. Many of his vintage estate pieces were worn by celebrities and famous clients like Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor. One of his most famous pieces, the Hope Diamond, is even part of the Smithsonian museum.
A piece of signed jewelry can become an invaluable gift, especially for jewelry collectors and history lovers. Vintage signed jewelry can also help make a special occasion even more memorable and meaningful. Engraved signatures on vintage jewelry already make a piece special, but connecting it to a memorable moment in your life can make it more so. Consider a vintage signed engagement ring for the perfect proposal or a vintage estate piece to celebrate an important wedding anniversary.
From 1850s pieces to those of the late 1900s, Roman Malakov has a unique collection of signed vintage pieces and estate jewelry to match any memorable occasion. Each piece is distinctive, from the way the diamonds or gems were fashioned at the time to the way the gold or platinum reflects the fashion and style of that particular era. Signed pieces of estate jewelry make for striking engagement rings, cocktail rings, necklaces, and brooches to be worn and adored.
Signed estate diamond jewelry is luxurious, exclusive, and incredibly cherished. Even more unique than typical estate jewelry is a signed piece created in years past when craftsmanship was honored and esteemed above all else. From Tiffany & Co.’s gorgeous platinum and diamond necklaces to Cartier’s century-old engagement ring and wedding band sets, signed antique jewelry in NYC will make you feel elite, glamorous, and dazzling.
Other popular types of estate diamond jewelry include bracelets, necklaces, cufflinks, and watches. Each collection consists of striking pieces that have history, craftsmanship, style, and beauty. No matter what kind of estate diamond jewelry you are seeking, Roman Malakov has something perfect for you. Come into the NYC location to shop in-store with a committed and knowledgeable staff member, schedule an appointment, or shop online at any time of day.