The popularity of TV shows like Antiques Roadshow, Storage Wars, and other “treasure finding” programs speaks to our love of all things collectable from the past, be they our aunt’s fascinating collection of vintage farming tools, grandpa’s extensive hoard of antique duck decoys, or a curious old-fashioned piece of furniture. Collections such as those need extensive space to house or display them, but people also collect smaller things. You know, like old jewelry, especially vintage pieces that are sweet reminders of their previous owners, or that speak to the glamour and glitz of bygone ages.

If you’re looking for vintage jewelry in Kansas City, you can actually start at home. That’s right, your jewelry box may already contain vintage jewelry! If you inherited an aunt or grandmother’s collection, you should check it out. It’s possible that in among the common pieces of stylish vintage costume jewelry are lurking some pieces of real vintage jewelry!

Antique jewelry can be extremely valuable, not to mention a gorgeous and stylish accent to any outfit you might wear. But how can you tell?

A good indicator of any vintage jewelry’s monetary (rather than emotional) worth is what metal it’s made from. As with modern jewelry, vintage jewelry is often made of gold, silver, or platinum. Sometimes—though not always—vintage jewelry made from a pure metal such as these will be stamped. Costume jewelry may be made of any sort of metal, and does not have to be stamped.

Vintage jewelry may also feature lovely gemstones. While of course many pieces of vintage costume jewelry use paste or other fake gems, vintage jewelry will often boast impressive diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and opals, or semiprecious stones like topaz, citrine, and turquoise.

Of course, it can be difficult to tell just what a piece of vintage jewelry really “is,” especially if you inherited it or found it at an antique store. In that case, it might be a great idea to bring in your vintage jewelry to Noe’s. That’s right—we’ll appraise your vintage jewelry and let you know if your grandmother’s string of pearls is more than just a great accent to your vintage cocktail dress. This can be a good idea for anyone who is considering getting their jewelry insured, or for people who have wondered for years if the stuff their great aunt bequeathed them is costume jewelry from her time as a flapper, or if it has more than emotional value.

We also sell estate jewelry at Noe’s. If you’re looking for something unique that you can be sure you’ll never see gracing the finger, neck, or ear of another, come into Noe’s and see what we have in the case! We do not put our vintage jewelry online; it’s only available for those who make the trip—but we know it’ll be worth your while!

Visit Noe’s Raymore, Missouri jewelry store for exotic costume pieces that will bring a smile to your face, or to get your vintage jewelry appraised!