The romance of the past is captured through estate jewelry. View a small portion of our unique collection. We specialize in antique engagement rings, platinum engagement rings, vintage engagement rings, as well as antique and estate jewelry of all kinds. Antique wedding jewelry has withstood the test of time, just as a good marriage should do. Our Estate Jewelry includes:
- Estate Jewelry Cameos
- Estate Jewelry Bracelets
- Estate Jewelry Earrings
- Estate Jewelry Pins
- Estate Jewelry Lockets
- Estate Jewelry Ring mountings
- Silver Estate Jewelry
- Garnet Estate Jewelry
- Estate Jewelry Necklaces
- Estate Jewelry Antique Buttons
The legacy of antique jewellery adds an interesting perspective to our history and culture. Passion, romance, beauty and artistry play important roles in the story. Visit our educational pages to learn more about jewelry periods, old cut diamonds like rose cut diamonds, old mine cut diamonds, and old European cut diamonds. You'll also find educational information on diamond color and diamond clarity. In addition, you'll find educational information on gemstone grading as well as a brief history of the three most popular gemstones: sapphires, rubies and emeralds.
Growing up in Brooklyn Heights, Elaine was surrounded by creative influences. Writers, directors, artists, and designer estate jewelry designers are all included in her family. But her greatest influences were her parents.
Her father owned an Army-Navy store and haberdashery and her mother was a milliner in the era when no lady's ensemble was complete without a fabulous hat. But even then, designer estate jewelry was her passion. She looked forward to the boxes of jewelry her uncle, manufacturer of Jewels by Bogoff, would send her. Creative genes, an eye for style and elegance, and a foundation in business values combined to set her firmly on the path that would lead to Elaine Miller Estate Jewelry Collection.
In her twenties, Elaine would browse the vintage jewelry shops of New York City. She would recognize the potential in the broken and second hand jewelry they sold there, sometimes buying it by the basketful. She would sit with the designer estate jewelry around her, sketch and design and rework until the basketful of designer estate jewelry was reborn into new designer estate jewelry pieces with Elaine's unique flair. Initially she gave these creations as gifts, but there soon developed such a demand for her designer estate jewelry that her hobby became the perfect business and creative outlet for a young woman who wanted to be a "work at home mom" for her son David.
When David went off to college at Tufts, Elaine went off to school also. She enrolled in the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York to receive advanced instruction in the art and science of jewelry design and production. "She's a great engineer," says Elaine's husband, Selwyn Miller. From the beginning, Selwyn encouraged and supported all her endeavors. Since retiring from his industrial hardware business, he became her right hand and advisor. After over fifty years, they are still the perfect partners.
While visiting the Triangle area of North Carolina in the late 1970's, the Millers fell in love with the area. Elaine soon realized that the area would appreciate her offerings of antique and one-of-kind designer estate jewelry. For several years she showcased her designer estate jewelry in an antique store. In 2002, Elaine opened her own salon and began to expand her designer estate jewelry collection to include many of today's leading jewelry designers: Elizabeth Locke, Mdviani, Christopher Designs, Chad Allison and North Carolina's own Slane and Slane.
In addition to the salon in North Hills, Elaine also shows her extensive designer estate jewelry collection at antique shows in East Hampton, Palm Beach, Nantucket, New York City, and Alexandria, Virginia. After years of dividing their time between New York and Raleigh, the Millers sold the house in Mamaroneck, New York and made Raleigh their permanent home.
Away from the salon, Elaine enjoys spending time with her family and browsing vintage jewelry shops in a quest for the very best designer estate jewelry and antique jewelry. Elaine has these thoughts about her success. "Success just doesn't happen. You must have passion, talent and a genuine love for your work. Success is the result of very hard work."
Shop for Designer Estate Jewelry at ElaineMillerJewelryCollection.com