What Does “Vintage” Mean While Shopping for Jewelry in South Florida?

Vintage stores, vintage clothes, vintage signs, vintage jewelry. What does vintage actually mean? Depending on whom you ask, it can mean costume, antique, or even just used. If you don’t know, let yourself off the hook: it’s actually used in a couple of different ways, which explains the confusion.

The first definition of vintage is pretty all encompassing: it means pre-owned, which pretty much puts any piece of jewelry we have in inventory at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale in the vintage category. But we prefer the more nuanced version of this: something old that has come back into style. It’s that second definition that determine which pieces of “vintage” jewelry we’ll actually choose to sell.

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14k Yellow Gold Diamond and Emerald Egg Shape Pendant

The second definition sorta kinda equates vintage with antique, as it indicates that a piece of jewelry is from a certain era. Initial pendants might be said to be vintage jewelry from the eighties. This seems to remind us of wine, when we refer to a bottle being of a certain vintage, i.e. from a certain year. The problem is that with wine, the year is the marker. With jewelry, we tend to hear something referred to as vintage without such qualifiers as the era. Which puts us right back in the camp of vintage meaning “not new.”

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14k Yellow Gold Lady Multi Color Carved Agate Scarab Bracelet

Antique, which you can also find in pawn shops throughout South Florida, is much more clearly defined as more than 100 years old. That means vintage is going to be jewelry made between roughly 1920 and 1980 (this will include a lot of estate jewelry, which is then called vintage to make it seem cooler). Next week, we’ll discuss some categories within these designations but, for now, come visit and let us show you our vintage collection.

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