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Estate jewelry and Old Pawn jewelry at Family Jewels

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Estate jewelry discoveries at Family Jewels

Old Pawn jewelry and Native Silversmith Jewelry

We at times have the opportunity to buy out estates.
What we discover is then placed at our online store.
Come and explore and find your treasure.

Family Jewels and Silver

We make and design our fine jewelry.
Family owned and MADE IN AMERICA

Old pawn jewelry at Family Jewels and Silver

Tips from Family Jewels and Silver

Caring for your jewelry:
Gemstones are among the most enduring of nature's creations. With just a little care, your fine jewelry will keep its good looks forever.


To keep your gems sparkling, clean them often. Especially,when dust and fingerprints dim their brilliance.
The best way to clean fine jewelry is in a bowl of warm water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent (like Dawn). Using an old toothbrush or other very soft brush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap can collect. Then just rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth.


A home ultrasonic cleaner can be used to clean ruby, sapphire, diamond, amethyst, citrine, garnets, and unadorned gold and platinum jewelry but shouldn't be used to clean emerald, peridot, pearls or silver jewelry. When in doubt, don't use it. That simple.


To protect the beauty of your jewelry, don't keep it in a tangle in a jewelry box. Remember, gems can scratch metal or each other. Store each piece separately or wrap each one in tissue paper or a soft cloth. When you travel, make sure your jewelry pieces don't rub against each other in your bag.


Be careful when removing your jewelry to wash your hands. Don't leave your jewelry on the rim of a sink where it can slip down the drain! Remove gemstone rings and bracelets before vigorous exercise or working with your hands. Some gem varieties might be damaged with a sharp blow. When taking off your rings, don't pull them off by the gemstone: this won't damage the gem but it can, over time, stretch the metal prongs that holds it in place, making the setting less secure.
Loose prongs could mean lost gemstone from the setting?
Have a jeweler check the prongs. Most do this for FREE like we do.
Keep jewelry away from chlorine and other household chemicals.
You won't have to clean jewelry as often if you put it on "after" applying hairspray, perfume, and cosmetics. Always make sure it is dry and clean by wiping with a cloth before putting it away.

The choice to clean old vintage, estate and old pawn jewelry is the choice of the buyer and new owner. We leave the patina as we find it when we purchase an estate. Many prefer that.

Vintage estate jewelry by Family Jewels