Antique jewellery is something special in the jewellery world to collectors, and with its rarity and beauty more and more people are starting to become interested and collect themselves. Once you’ve seen, touched and worn an antique piece it becomes apparent why it is such a popular thing to collect, and comparing it to high street and modern jewellery shows its real character and intricacy. If you don’t already have an antique piece of jewellery in your jewellery collection it is time to make the investment, especially if you are a true jewellery fan and collector. Or if you are currently an antique jewellery collector maybe its time to add another piece to your collection. Either way there are things you should remember and consider when shopping for a piece, so here are some top tips for buying an antique jewellery piece.
Where To Buy?
There are many places you can shop for antique jewellery and there is now a huge market online which provides you with an easy and hassle free way of investing in beautiful pieces from the comfort of your own home. Some of our favourite online-only dealers include Laurelle Antique Jewellery and Antique Rings Online. It is crucial to ask the right questions and know what to look for wherever you are buying the piece from, however it is certainly more difficult when looking online as you can’t see the piece in front of you. The most important thing to do is find out if the piece is genuine, and if there isn’t a detailed description with many pictures don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to. Asking for more pictures is always a good idea if you aren’t satisfied with the ones already provided, however asking where the seller retrieved the piece can also help to determine if the piece is real. A good and honest seller should be able to provide you with information on where they got the piece such as from an estate sale, an auction, from a family member or bought on the hunt for antique
Check For A Hallmark
Checking for a hallmark is crucial when buying antique jewellery. It was very rare for an antique jeweller not to leave a mark somewhere on the piece, so if the piece was made before the 1950’s check for a mark. The mark will usually give the jewellers initials or a small icon, and with a bit of online research you will be able to find information about who made the piece and roughly when it was produced. It definitely adds a fun and interesting aspect to antique jewellery buying and collecting. This is one of the reasons people are drawn to antique jewellery because there is so much history behind each piece, and although it has lived many lifetimes it will still have many more to come.
Finally be careful of the price. If the price seems like it is too good to be true then that probably is the case. There are many reproduced pieces of the market and it is hard to tell the difference between a genuine antique and a reproduction sometimes. Keeping an eye out for wear on the piece and a hallmark as i mentioned earlier gives signs that it is a genuine antique, however if you are unsure then stay away or get a second opinion. Antique jewellery collecting is fun and very beneficial if you buy the right pieces and know how to. You will be investing in something for the future which you can either pass down through the family or sell on later as antique pieces increase in value over time. If you are looking for a new antique piece then don’t rush into buying anything and as i said, ask as many questions as you need to. This will ensure you get the beautiful antique piece you are looking for, and the more research you do the easier it will be to buy something genuine to cherish.