Overtime, DDI has also become experts in the jewelry market. We recognize the artistry of each piece, whether it’s mounted or unmounted. DDI is always in search of fine diamonds, gemstones and jewelry pieces, and we are connected to a vast network of estate buyers and sellers. No matter what you are selling – from old wedding rings to diamond neckless – we provide the highest resale value. We understand the value of historical cutting styles – from Old mine to European to Modern cut – and pay apremium for all jewelry, including antique jewelry fromthe Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Retro eras/periods.
NAMED AFTER KING EDWARD OF BRITAIN, THE EDWARDIAN JEWELRY ERA IS KNOWN FOR ITS COMPLEX DESIGNS AND USE OF MORE EXPENSIVE GEMS. JEWELRY OF THIS PERIOD FEATURED DIAMONDS, EMERALDS, AND RUBIES.
Today, pieces from the Art Nouveau period are some of the most valuable and sought after collectables in the world. Although this period was short lived, it is one of the most recognizable periods in jewelry history. Pieces from this period are known for their naturalistic designs of flowers and butterflies. Art Nouveau style highlights curving, rippling, and flowing lines throughout its pieces.
The Victorian era is remembered as a time of romance, reflecting the marriage of the young queen, Victoria. The Victorian era took place during the industrial revolution and jewelry of the time featured many nature-inspired designs that were often outlined in gold. Lockets and brooches were very popular during this period.
During the Art Deco period, jewelers began focusing on geometric, symmetric designs. Jewelry of this time featured unique color combinations and unusual patterns. During this period, the use of rubies, sapphires and emeralds became popular, and with advancements in cutting techniques, diamond pieces became more dazzling and stylish than ever before.
Also called ‘Cocktail jewelry’, Retro jewelry was inspired by Hollywood trends in the mid-1930s. During this period, women desired jewelry that was bigger, bolder, and more eye-catching. Retro jewelry is colorful and intricate; cocktail rings, bracelets, and necklaces were the most popular pieces of the period.