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BY LAUREN MUSNI A Glisten OF TIME Ever wondered what makes a piece of jewelry vintage? Ever wonder how its' true value is determined? Braunschweiger Jewelers is an 80-year-old, fih- generation, and family-owned jewelry store with a story going all the way back to the 1930s. With two locations in New Providence and Morristown, the jewelry store presents a wide selection of Vintage jewelry that is continuously refreshed with new and unique one-of- a-kind pieces. From necklaces to earrings, rings, and watches—to pins, brooches, and pendants, and much more. Braunschweiger is known for their appraisals, gold buying, great repair services and custom jewelry design where Vintage jewelry can be updated and become that unique piece that reflects your personal style. Not a lot of people know exactly what Vintage is because it is a very broad term to begin with. "If you go online, you are going to find 20 different versions of the answer. e legal definition is the word 'antique' which has very different meanings in different countries. However, in the United States, it must be at least 100 years old or more to be called antique. Some people will interpret vintage jewelry or estate jewelry as anything that is pre-owned. When we can, especially if it is something older, we try to associate a general decade to each piece, i.e.,1940s, 1920s, etc. A lot of the jewelry that is more contemporary could be anywhere from 10 to 30 years old," said Gretchen Braunschweiger, one of the owners of the jewelry store. V U E N J . C O M 38

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