Antique jewellery has a unique charm – a heady mix of history, meaning and beauty that is often entirely one-of-a-kind. These jewels are timeless and, when passed down from generation to generation, often priceless as well. Think about wonderfully symbolic antique engagement rings, passed down through the generations to to-be brides, or heirloom antique necklaces and antique bracelets handed down from mother to daughter through the ages. And if you don’t have your very own heirloom jewels, it’s never too late to start a beautiful tradition by buying wonderful antique jewellery.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, almost everything can be duplicated with ease. What looks like antique jewellery could turn out to be cheap replicas with no value or backstory. If you love old estate jewellery, you need to make sure what you pay for is what you get. We delve into the ins and outs of antique jewellery, how to buy it and what to look for when you find a jewel you love. But first…
What Is Antique Jewellery?
The terms ‘antique’, ‘vintage’ and ‘estate’ are often thrown around interchangeably but these three words have distinct meanings in the jewellery world. Antique jewellery refers to jewellery that is over a hundred years old. Estate jewellery consists of jewels that have been owned before. Vintage jewels are linked to an era – think art deco or retro. Therefore, both antique and vintage jewellery can be broadly classified as estate jewellery.
How To Buy Antique Jewellery
When buying jewellery, you always make sure you buy from a reputed jeweller, based on recommendations and personal experience. With antique jewellery, you don’t always have the luxury of buying from a known seller. Here are some tips to make sure you get a decent deal:
Ask Questions & Research about Antique Jewellery
Don’t be apprehensive to ask the seller about details on the jewel you are buying. Going to consumer and tradeshows and exhibitions may ensure that some standards and criteria are set for those dealers participating. Nevertheless, always ask for details on the source, age, and background of the antique jewellery you are interested in. Check whether the documents are trustworthy by checking their credibility online. There are many jewellery associations and websites that guide with this online.
Closely Inspect The Piece
Keep Up With The Latest In Jewellery News And Trends