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Lynelle Schmidt

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7 Spectacular Estate & Vintage Opal Pieces [Just-In]

Do you love the mystifying look of opals? Opals are a customer favorite from our estate collection, because of their radiance and the unique way they play with light. The unique light quality of an opal is a result of an opal's internal structure which shows flashes of colors as you move the stone around. An opal stone can flash every single color of the rainbow! It's no wonder that gem quality opals are in such high demand.

Opal stones are being spotted on celebrities and fashion forward models around the globe these days. The unique characteristics and radiant glow of these stones makes them perfect for pieces that really stand out from traditional stones like sapphires or rubies. 

Every once in a while we'll come across an estate or vintage opal piece that really catches our eye. Here are seven of our most enchanting opal pieces that we found in our estate jewelry case this month: 

6 One-Of-A-Kind Diamond Vintage Engagement Rings [Just In]

Does she love vintage glam? Does she appreciate the craftsmanship and uniqueness of a vintage ring? Then finding her the perfect diamond vintage engagement ring is probably at the top of your list right now!

At Long's, we're always on the hunt for new treasures to add to our estate and vintage jewelry collection, and these six one-of-a-kind vintage engagement rings really caught our eye. Any woman who can appreciate the level of detail that goes into creating these stunning rings is guaranteed to love each and every oneof them.

Get one step closer to finding her a vintage engagement ring that she'll love forever by checking out these six stunning, hand-picked rings:

5 Tips For Cleaning Your Vintage & Antique Jewelry


Finding a beautiful antique jewelry piece can be quite the thrill! And you knew the second you saw it that it just had to be yours. But, once you bring that sparkly piece back home with you to wear around, you won't want to neglect it. 

Cleaning your antique jewelry every few weeks is an important step to keeping it looking beautiful. Without regular cleaning, the pieces could start to lose their sparkle and shine. And because these pieces are decades old, you want to keep them in pristine condition so that they'll last even longer and you can pass them down in your family.

We've come up with five simple steps that you can follow when your antique jewelry is ready to be cleaned: 

What Can You Do With Used Or Vintage Diamonds?


So you have a used or vintage diamond, but you don't really know exactly what you want to do with it. Vintage diamonds are a lot different than more modern diamonds for a number of reasons. They were cut differently and are much more rare now. And when it comes time to make a decision about what to do with that loose diamond, you have a lot of different options.

Whether you've inherited a used or vintage diamond or have one that you've bought and want to repurpose, you'll want to consider if you want to keep the diamond or make something completely new out of it. A vintage stone doesn't always need to be placed in a vintage piece of jewelry. Because these stones are very different, you can really make your own piece or transform jewelry with your stone.

The decision to keep or get rid of the stone is completely up to you. But, it's important to know all of your options before you commit to something. Vintage diamonds are very special, and you want to take full advantage of the stone that you have depending on its importance to you and the quality of the stone. Here are some options to consider:

8 Beautiful Vintage Diamond Engagement Rings Under $3,000

Let's face it - engagement rings can be expensive. With the average cost of engagement rings on the rise, the expectation and pressure to buy a more expensive ring is greater than ever before.

But buying a ring doesn't have to make you struggle financially. What if we told you there was a way to get her a diamond engagement ring that she'll love and that you can actually afford? There are a lot of great options available to buy vintage diamond engagement rings at prices that are extremely affordable. That way, you can save some extra cash for your wedding and upcoming honeymoon! How great does that sound?

Not only that, but vintage engagement rings are more rare and unique. She'll stand out with a ring that is different from the rest.

We have a huge selection of vintage diamond engagement rings at any price point. But, here are some of our favorites that you can buy for under $3,000:

10 Ways To Incorporate "Something Old" With Vintage Wedding Jewelry


We've all heard the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue for weddings. Well, a perfect way to incorporate the "something old" part of that famous wedding tradition is to invest in vintage wedding jewelry to compliment your wedding day look.

Vintage wedding jewelry will add sparkle and shine to any wedding look and can be a piece that the bride keeps for life. Vintage pieces are often durable and have already stood the test of time, so they are perfect investment pieces. You can find one-of-a-kind pieces that will be unique to really set you apart from any other bride.

At Long's, we have an extensive collection of vintage pieces that would work perfectly with many bridal looks. Here are 10 vintage wedding jewelry pieces that we've hand selected just for you: