Estate Heirlooms By DLSpecialties

Limerick, Pennsylvania

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Last updated on March 12, 2015
Welcome to Estate Heirlooms !! In our store we carry a wide selection of beautiful unique and affordable Fine Jewelry, Hair jewelry, accessories and much more for you to wear and enjoy, for your collection or as a perfect gift! Our accessories are perfect for special occasions or every day wear!

Gold, Silver, Platinum, or Palladium.and precious Gemstones are considered Fine Jewelry and the added value of Antique and Vintage design and quality makes the treasures even more exquisite.

Information to help you:
jeweler's markings can tell you what type of gold was used to make the jewelry.

However, Pre-1945 marks were not required. Craftsman, Native American, and mnay independently made fabulous fine jewelry were not marked or the marked has been worn away.
Why are other reasons Fine Jewelry treasure does not have a mark?
The mark has been scuffed or worn off.
The item has been re-sized or repaired.
The item was not made by a professional jeweler (homemade).
The item was custom made with no markings.

In USA a gold Item must be 10 kt gold to be considered fine gold.
The most common types of gold :
Yellow Gold
White Gold
Rose Gold
Green Gold
Black Hills Gold (Style of gold using combinations of all of the above)
common markings for gold:

K = Karat ----example: 14k
KT = Karat ----example: 14kt
KP = Karat Plumb ----- example: 14kp
.333 = 8K
.375 = 9K
.417= 10K
.500 = 12K
.583 = 14K
.585 = 14K
.625 = 15K
.667 = 16K
.750 = 18K
.833 = 20K
.875 = 21K
.917 = 22K
.958 = 23K
.999 = 24K

common markings for jewelry containing gold of lessor value.

1/5 = 1 part gold to every 5 parts not gold ----example 1/5 14k
1/10 = 1 part gold to every 10 parts not gold ----example 1/10 14k
1/20 = 1 part gold to every 20 parts not gold ----example 1/20 14k
1/30 = 1 part gold to every 30 parts not gold ----example 1/30 14k
1/40= 1 part gold to every 40 parts not gold ----example 1/40 14k

Gold Vermeil Jewelry uses sterling silver which has been gold plated. The highest quality Gold Vermeil is 24K, but it can be made with varying qualities. For those considering a piece of Gold Vermeil jewelry it's wise to look for a Karatage label.

GF = Gold Filled ----example: 14k GF
Gold-Filled Jewelry employs a process in which gold is bonded to a base metal alloy such as nickel or brass. Commonly, the amount of gold used must make up at least 5% of the total weight and all exterior portions are solid gold. Most gold-filled jewelry pieces tend to be 18Kt, but every piece of Gold-Filled jewelry should be labeled with its Karatage.

GS = Gold Shell ----example: 14k GS
HGE= Heavy Gold Electroplate ----example: 14k HGE
Gold Plated Jewelry employs a base metal which is then electroplated with gold. Usually a steel or brass item dipped into a bath of electroplating solution that deposits a thin layer of gold on the jewelry. The gold layer is less than gold filled, quite thin and will wear off faster than gold-filled.

White Gold Jewelry combines pure gold with other white metals, such as zinc, nickel, platinum and silver. Durable and resistant to tarnish, White Gold jewelry is brittle and requires platinum or rhodium plating. Generally produced to be a more cost effective than platinum, White Gold can cause allergic reactions once the plating wears off.

Rose Gold is an alloy that combines gold with copper to create a golden metal with a reddish hue. While it normally uses a gold to copper ratio of 3:1, rose gold can be found with varying percentages of each. Based on the addition of copper, the intensity of rose gold will be lighter or darker and will patina over time.

Pure silver is too soft for products like jewelry and tableware,
sterling silver, an alloy of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper (though sometimes other metals are used)
Silver's history is long. The first evidence of silver mining dates back to 3000 B.C
varying purity levels including 958 and 999 Sterling Silver
Sterling silver is the standard for beautiful high-quality silver jewelry. It's over 90% pure silver, mixed with alloys to add strength and durability. And it won't wear down, as silver plating can.
sterling silver
Fine Silver has a .999 level of purity, so it's also known as pure Silver. While particularly lustrous, Fine Silver is normally not appropriate for jewelry that's worn regularly, because it's not durable and bends easily.

Sterling Silver jewelry is an alloy that contains a mixture of 92.5% pure Silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually Copper. In order to be called Sterling Silver, the metal must possess at least 92.5% pure Silver, but the other components can vary. When mixed with copper, Sterling Silver will tarnish and may firescale. Regardless, Sterling is considered a standard among Silver grades and provides strength to ensure that pieces like silver bracelets, rings and necklaces can withstand regular use.

Silver Plate is a thin layer of Fine Silver placed over a base metal. Also known as Silver Tone, Silver Plate is often considered the most cost effective alternative to the more expensive forms of solid silver jewelry. That said, this form of silver is very thin, wears off easily and degrades in appearance quickly.

Nickel Silver is actually not silver at all! Despite its name, Nickel Silver is an alloy that combines Copper, Nickel and Zinc and contains no Pure Silver.

As one of the precious metals, Silver is among the most popular metals for the creation of jewelry. While there are many possible reasons for this preference, most people cite the following reasons:

Silver is Lustrous and Outshines Gold
Silver is More Adaptable to Casual and Formal Wear
Silver Flatters All Skin Tones
Silver is Affordable

Platinum Jewelry

Platinum is a silvery, white metal that's extremely rare and considered more precious than gold. Priced significantly above Gold, Platinum is among the heavier metals used in jewelry. Despite this increase in cost, platinum jewelry has become increasingly popular especially in platinum engagement rings and wedding rings.

Like most other metals used in jewelry, Platinum has an interesting history. Naturally occurring platinum and platinum-rich alloys were first used by ancient Egyptians, however it was not identified as an element until the 18th century. Spanish silver miners first named the metal "platina" or "little silver" when they first encountered it in Colombia, South America. Eventually, the Spaniards dismissed platinum as an 'undesirable impurity' in their mined silver, and often discarded it as a worthless by-product. Needless to say, that has changed today.

As with other metals, Platinum is commonly mixed with other metals. However, for a piece of jewelry to be labeled as "platinum" it must have a minimum level of purity of at least 95% pure platinum. A purity level of less than 95% would require the metal be identified as a Platinum alloy. Normally, Platinum jewelry pieces can be identified by a stamp with "PLAT"; a different stamp for the Platinum alloy would be "IRIDPLAT".

Stainless Steel Jewelry

Stainless steel jewelry has become increasingly popular in recent years due to changing tastes and style trends that lean toward a more industrial look. Commonly used in a variety of industrial applications, Stainless Steel has found its way to fashion where it's used in everything from necklaces to earrings. Invented by Harry Brearley of the Brown & Firth Research Laboratories in 1913, Stainless Steel was developed to be impervious to staining or corrosion and was adopted by heavy industry.

Today, Stainless Steel jewelry is a favorite of both men and women that want an industrial, street look with a touch of flash. Departing from tradition, Stainless Steel jewelry can be found in the use of machined pendants, dog tags and more experimental pieces of jewelry.

Less Common Metals in Jewelry Making
Although the majority of jewelry is created using more popular and main-stream materials, there is still a diversity of metals that continue to be used to create some truly unique pieces of jewelry. Here we'll take a brief look at several:

Palladium is a rare Silver-white metal of the Platinum family.

Rhodium is a rare Silver-white metal of the Platinum family. It is particularly hard and is the most expensive precious metal.

Titanium is a natural element which has a Silver-white color. Titanium is the hardest natural metal in the world. It's three times the strength of steel and much stronger than gold, silver and platinum but yet is very light weight. Pure titanium is also 100% hypoallergenic which means that it if safe for anyone to wear.

Tungsten is a steel-gray metal whose strength and high melting point makes it a favorite of the arms industry. Metallic tungsten is harder than gold alloys and is hypoallergenic, making it useful for rings that will resist scratching, especially in designs with a brushed finish.

Copper is a reddish gold metal that patinas to a warm brown but can also take on a green patina with oxidation. The oldest known metal, it was associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her Roman counterpart, Venus. In addition, Copper jewelry is often considered to have healing properties.

Brass is a copper and zinc alloy that's gold color. It will tarnish and turn brown overtime

Nickel is a white metal that looks like silver but can cause allergic reactions in some.


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If the item you purchased from our shop does not meet your expectations you may return it within in three days of your receipt of the item for a full refund minus shipping and 20% restocking fee. Cancellation of order before or after shipping will incur a 20% restocking fee. Please contact me immediately if you wish to return an item.
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I will accept US money orders but this delays your item for more than an week.
On occasion I will accept personal check, contact me first. Personal checks will delay shipping of you item for two weeks or more to allow for delivery of check to me and bank clearing check takes 10 days. Check must be received in 4 business days or the item will be returned to inventory and customer will be considered as non payment.
Paypal offers 6 months no interest for items purchased over $99.
Items that are over $200 can be considered for layaway. Layaway terms will be discussed when you contact me.

International customers; you are responsible for any taxes or tariffs that your home country may have when goods are imported into your country.
Everything from our shop will be shipped from Limerick, PA. We ship all around the world. Our shipping process and times are listed under each product. Insurance is used for your purchase where available.

We are responsible for your lovely new purchase until it reaches the Post Office. After that, it is out of our control and the reason we purchase shipping insurance. Insurance is to protect against loss or damage during shipping.

If insurance is not available for your part of the world that is not in our control. You can choose to buy and if your purchase is lost or damaged by USPS, we cannot provide a refund. All purchases are shipped by USPS and insured through U-PIC Insurance Services.