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Finding Jewelry with Meaning

When shopping for special gemstone jewelry, a good place to try is the vintage jewelry store Legacies Upscale Resale.

We sell jewelry with contemporary, vintage and antique gemstones at great prices. Our items are mostly pre-loved, but that makes them unique and extra-affordable.


ringEvery birth month has an associated gemstone. Jewelry made with a loved one’s birthstone is considered an excellent and meaningful gift:

  • January is Garnet
  • February is Amethyst
  • March is Aquamarine
  • April is Diamond
  • May is Emerald
  • June is Pearl
  • July is Ruby
  • August is Peridot
  • September is Sapphire
  • October is Opal
  • November is Topaz
  • December is Turquoise

The concept of birthstones goes back to the book of Exodus in the Bible, where Aaron’s breastplate was reputed to be inlaid with gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

1st and 5th century CE scholars Flavius Josephus and St. Jerome are credited with associating these breastplate gems with the 12 signs of the zodiac.

The modern birthstone connections we know today came about in the 18th century in Poland, when gem traders began selling stones based on a person’s birth month. In 1912 the National Association of Jewelers solidified the practice in the U.S.

Common Gemstone Meanings

For millennia, gems have been thought to possess spiritual and healing powers. They are also associated with different attributes such as luck, the ability to attract love, make the wearer calm, etc.

Here are some of the most common gemstones you will find in Legacies jewelry offerings and what they are thought to mean:

  • The smoky green actinolite Cat’s Eye is known for both physical and spiritual healing, and can be used to balance the chakras. It is thought to produce soothing energies and awareness.
  • Agates come in many colors and are said to bring abundance, wealth, balance, protection, safety at sea, love, security, courage and strength.
  • Highly prized by royalty for centuries, purple amethysts are considered to protect, purify, aid weight loss, relieve headaches, improve decision-making and improve sleep.
  • The deep-green emerald is a traditional stone worn to aid fertility, improve eyesight and give the wearer psychic powers.
  • Garnet, usually a deep red color, symbolizes devotion to family, friends or the self. Garnet is also thought to attract good luck in business ventures.
  • Serenity is found in jade, which is also considered to relieve anxiety and fear, and bring good luck. A traditional charm for gardeners, jade is said to ensure bountiful harvests.
  • Opal is strongly associated with love and passion. It has also been found to promote spontaneity, imagination, dreams and healing.
  • The blood-red ruby is famous as a protector from bad luck and health. It is used to open the heart. Given as a gift, ruby is a symbol of friendship and love. It also stands for vitality and royalty.
  • Sapphire has associations with peace and happiness, and is believed to help with communication, insight, intuition, inspiration and prayer.
  • Topaz is thought to stimulate and motivate, lead to truth and forgiveness, and cause the wearer to be more open and honest. It is believed to lead to good fortune, love, better communication, abundance and good health. Like many of the stones listed above, topaz is also soothing and relaxing.
  • It has had many meanings over the centuries, but in modern gemology, turquoise is believed to offer protection and to help careers and travel. Turquoise is also thought to alleviate migraines and help the brain, eyes, ears, neck, lungs and throat.

When buying pre-owned jewelry, you are purchasing something no one else in your circle is wearing. Whether you want funky, timeless or brilliant, Legacies has got it.

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Still Popular 129 Years Later: Swarovski Jewelry

Swarovski jewelry was born in 1892 when Daniel Swarovski, the son of an Austrian glasscutter, patented a machine that could cut glass into crystals that were virtually indistinguishable from diamonds.

To make a Swarovski crystal, quartz sand, potash, sodium carbonate and red lead are melted in a stew at high temperatures.

The potash makes it easy to shape the crystals. Then polishing and the Aurora Borealis coating (developed in the 1960s; the process creates rainbow refractions) give the crystals the brilliance of diamonds—without the hefty price tag. The crystals are not as hard as diamonds, however, so you have to be a bit more careful with them.

The company has a patent on the electric glass cutter designed by Daniel, so no other crystals look like Swarovski.

Red Lead and Safety

Some people worry about the red lead Swarovski uses. Lead is toxic, and is banned in many countries. But Swarovski uses lead on the glass, not the metal, so it cannot transfer into skin.

The metal on Swarovski pieces is usually gold- or rhodium-tone plated. Some pieces have a palladium tone, and are coated with a PVD base metal. Swarovski jewelry with a gold tone has a top layer of pale-yellow gold.

Because the materials used are not precious, Swarovski jewelry is not highly-valued per se. But the brand is so highly-regarded, Swarovski pieces are priced higher than those from competitors.

Swarovski uses higher-quality materials, and the process of creating a Swarovski crystal is complicated compared to other glass jewelry. The company’s precision cutting is unmatched in the industry to this day.

Making Sure Your Swarovski is Real

No matter where you buy the jewelry, confirm that the dealer works directly with Swarovski to make sure what you are buying is genuine. Check credentials on the vendor’s website. Authentic Swarovski comes with an official certificate, and the box has a patented Swarovski swan logo.

Absent a certificate and box, there are other ways to verify Swarovski:

  • There shouldn't be any bubbles in the crystals,
  • all facets should meet and point upwards,
  • each crystal should be identical in size and cut,
  • crystals in the same color family should look identical,
  • and there should be no scratches or oily sheens on the faces.

You can also check the seal code on the tag, if there is one. At Legacies, we clean and authenticate every piece of jewelry, ornament and decoration we label “Swarovski.”

Swarovski Cachet

The brand has had some amazing moments. Marlene Dietrich’s 1932 comeback film Blonde Venus brought Swarovski to the attention of the masses. After Dietrich’s costumes and jewelry glittered with crystals in that film, an endless parade of starlets showed up onscreen and on the red carpet wearing Swarovski head to toe.

In 1961, Audrey Hepburn wore Swarovski as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. A year later, Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy wearing a dress dripping with the crystals. (Watch her here).

Brands like Christian Dior, Victoria’s Secret, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and the Royal Canadian Mint have partnered with Swarovski.

There’s always a giant Swarovski crystal on top of the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree. And at the 2018 Academy Awards, 45 million Swarovski crystals decorated the stage’s focal set piece.

Buying Secondhand

If well cared for, Swarovski jewelry can last a lifetime. That’s why you can find exquisite vintage Swarovski pieces in great condition at Legacies Resale Shop in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park Plaza.

We sell the following Swarovski items:

  • necklaces
  • pendants
  • bracelets
  • rings
  • earrings
  • watches
  • home accents
  • Christmas ornaments

Our inventory changes frequently, so stop in often to see what Swarovski treasures we have this week!

Jewelry Event at Legacies Starting March 20th!

Legacies invites you to stop in and check out our March Madness Jewelry Event starting March 20th and running until April 4th.

We will be offering our largest selection of costume jewelry at our deepest discounts.

Get ready for spring with a jewelry box refresh at prices you can afford!

High End Jewelry Sale and Legacies 25th Silver Anniversary


High End Jewelry Sale and Legacies 25th Silver Anniversary


Monday October 14th 2019 from 5 – 7 pm.


Hyde Park Plaza
3854 Paxton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Join us for hors d’ouevres, wine and sweets! High End Jewelry will be featured, along with Fur Coats, Silver, Holiday Decoration, Tablescapes and more!

Come ready to shop! Buy something for yourself or for those on your gift list.


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The Benefits of Shopping at Consignment Stores for Jewelry

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of shopping at consignment stores for clothes. You enjoy a wide selection of clothes across the price spectrum. Sometimes you can find luxury branded clothes still in the plastic that the person couldn’t return for a refund for a variety of reasons. You have your pick of gently used jeans and T-shirts for a fraction of the price of a new version. What many Cincinnati residents don’t realize is that the same is true for jewelry at consignment stores. That’s right! You can find beautiful, gently used pieces of jewelry, at significant savings, right here in Cincinnati – at Legacies Upscale Resale in the Hyde Park Plaza!

So why shop at a consignment store for jewelry?

The Cost Savings of Consignment Stores

The greatest benefit of shopping at a consignment store like Legacies is the cost savings. Pre-owned, high quality jewelry is typically sold for a third to half the price of new jewelry. And if you’re looking at costume jewelry, you could pick it up for a fraction of the cost of a brand new replacement.

Choose Consignment Stores Over Pawn Shops For Jewelry

Consignment shops are typically a better deal than what you’ll find in the gold and silver section of the local pawnshop for several reasons. One reason is that at a quality Consignment store like Legacies Upscale Resale, the sterling silver, diamond, and gold jewelry items for sale are readily available to you, without being pressured into spending more money on “the good items” or “the items in the back”. You can see everything out in the open without any pressured sales tactics. At Legacies, we have several large glass cases filled with terrific jewelry for you to view – we’ll gladly help you with any of the items you want to hold and try on.

Note that if you sell jewelry through a consignment shop, especially gold, silver and diamond pieces, you’ll receive far more for the jewelry than if you shipped it to one of those mail-in places notorious for paying five to ten percent the real value of the precious metals.

The Wide Selection Of Consigned Jewelry

One of the best reasons to visit a consignment shop is for the wide selection. Most conventional jewelry stores offer classic designs that never go out of style and the latest styles. That’s it. Consignment shops like Legacies have a wide selection - from the nearly new items that the former owner is selling because the return window has passed, to antique jewelry being sold to liquidate an estate. You’ll also likely be able to find vintage jewelry at a consignment store -- whether you want specific items to impress at special events, or just to increase your collection of items within that style you used to love but can’t find anywhere else.

The Good Customer Service

There’s no doubt you’ll get great customer service at a name brand jeweler. Then again, they’re charging a literal fortune for their engagement and wedding rings, necklaces, broaches, etc., due to the higher costs of the brand new pieces. The brand name jeweler has to market heavily to that crowd, too. Compare this to your local Cincinnati consignment shop that is appealing to people with all types of budgets. Consignment shops don’t have to pay for fancy ads, and this lowers their overhead costs significantly, allowing them to sell items for less, and move the product off the show room floor since new products are coming in daily. This is a great deal for all!

It also results in better customer service. After all, that couple that bought an engagement and wedding ring from them is at best going to refer another newly engaged couple to them. The smart jewelry shopper will probably come back again and again to buy desired items at a bargain, and they may sell items back through the consignment shop as well. That’s aside from their ability to refer new clients to the business. Consignment shops with an extensive jewelry collection has to offer excellent customer service if they want to remain in business. Legacies has been in business and selling consigned jewelry for over 25 years with many many repeat customers!

Find Beautiful Pre-Owned Jewelry At Legacies Consignment Shop In Cincinnati

Legacies Upscale Resale, in the Hyde Park Plaza, is a unique Cincinnati consignment store, offering gold, silver, platinum, diamond and costume jewelry pieces at great prices (and we have much more than just jewelry). But the best reason to shop at Legacies is that all proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, who provide over 250 FREE programs a month to those affected by cancer. Find a great treasure and help the community by shopping at Legacies today for all of your jewelry needs!



What Cincinnati Furniture Stores Offer the Best Value?

If you are looking for something a little different than what all the big local home furnishing storerooms offer, you might want to check out Legacies Upscale Resale in Hyde Park, which has good values on gently-used furniture. At Legacies, you’ll find a wide selection of antique, vintage and contemporary preowned furniture in excellent condition. We sell the fine craftsmanship and sought-after designs of yesterday. It’s true, “they don’t make them like they used to.” To find new furniture made with the same superior materials, innovative designs and careful craftsmanship of bygone days, you have to go to very expensive furniture stores, workshops or boutiques. We have chairs, desks, tables, dining room sets and couches that are comfortable, look new and offer that perfect combination of affordable and durable. There are plenty of place to buy secondhand furniture online. But at Legacies, you can see and touch before you buy.

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High-End Jewelry Sneak Peek Event at Legacies on 10/29/18

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High-End Jewelry Sneak Peek


Monday October 29th 2018 from 5 – 7 pm.


Hyde Park Plaza
3854 Paxton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Join us for hors d’ouevres, drinks and shopping! Our cases will be packed with beautiful gemstones, silver and gold. Jeweler, Steve Hug will be on hand to share his expertise about redesign options for some of the jewelry pieces.

Come ready to shop! Buy something for yourself or for those on your gift list.

Fall clothing and accessories

Fall Accessorizing Event: October 19 – 21, 2018

Please join us Friday through Sunday, October 19th through 21st. Our volunteers and staff will help you as your personal shoppers. Bring in the jacket, sweater set or blouse that has you baffled - how to accessorize, what type or size of jewelry, which colors to emphasize. We want you to look your best for the fall tailgates, parties and holidays.

Come see what’s trending at Legacies – silk scarves for a pop of color; beautiful, stand out, designer bags and fashion and costume jewelry that makes a statement.

No appointment necessary!

Southwest and Native American Jewelry Event Begins May 21!

Our Southwest Jewelry Sales Event kicks off with a Sneak Peek.

Join us at Legacies on Monday May 21st from 5 - 7 pm.

Hyde Park Plaza
3854 Paxton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages while shopping the beautiful jewelry assembled by the Jewelry Team of Volunteers. Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to Bo Blalock, our new Jewelry Coordinator. The event runs through June 30 so make sure you stop in!

We anticipate a spectacular evening!

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Jewelry Wanted – Consign Your Fine Jewelry For Top Dollar!

Looking for some extra cash for the holidays?

We have a VERY special consignment deal for this holiday season!

Our Hope for the Holidays Fine Jewelry Event begins Monday, October 30th and we'll be featuring jewelry through the end of January, 2018. Why is now the best time to consign your jewelry?

Fine jewelry selling for over $1,500 pays the consignor 80%!

In preparation for this special event, we are now taking jewelry consignments in 18k, 14k, sterling, precious and semi-precious stones. We are also accepting high-end designer pieces at this time.

Tiffany, Bvlgari, John Hardy, Cartier, David Yurman and more.

Already have an appraisal on your piece? Please bring it in to your appointment!  Our prices are based upon current re-sale market trends and input from experts in the field. Our jewelry team will work closely with you to discuss price expectations and suggested selling prices. Consignors for this event have selling price approval and Legacies provides secure storage.

Schedule An Appointment!

Make an appointment to meet with our Jewelry department to get started by using the contact form below. If it does not work, please click HERE.

Sell your fine jewelry and spread Hope For The Holiday as all proceeds from Legacies Upscale Resale and Consignment in Cincinnati Ohio benefit Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, which provides free support services to patients and their families.

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Super Hot Sale – Jewelry, Art and Accessories

It's going to be hot this week - like upper 80's hot! So we figured, lets put on a HOT Sale!

Three Different Hot Sales Happening Now!

  1. All accessories priced at $10 and less for HALF price!
  2. All art with a green dot on the price tag is 50% OFF.
  3. We also just put out HUNDREDS of Jewelry pieces priced at $10 or less!

Beat the heat with these incredible sales - going on until it's gone!