When you’re looking to buy antique jewellery to add to your collection, you want to ensure it is authentic. These are pieces that have been destined to hold their intrinsic value and be passed down from one generation to the next. Below, we discuss how to ensure you are getting the real deal.
- It’s All In the Research
With tons of options on the market these days, it’s a good idea to do your research so that you have an understanding of the history of certain pieces. Ask the dealer questions about the background of the piece you are interested in and find a reliable dealer who is happy to build a relationship with you.
- Pay Attention to Details
With a wide variety of antique jewellery out there, it’s important to pay attention to details in order to determine authenticity. Carefully go over the condition of the item you are interested in and look closely for chips, cracks, or other flaws like holes, bumps, or corrosion. When possible, always purchase authentic pieces that are in mint condition so as to ensure they continue to retain their value.
- Spotting a Fake
One big red flag that could indicate that an item is fake is any discrepancies you find with the signatures and marks. Antique jewellers are well-known for leaving a marker’s mark on the piece. If you need to, make use some sort of magnifying glass or a jeweller’s loupe to closely examine the pieces carefully for these valuable marks.
Other things to look out for are the age of the piece of jewellery and the associated pattern or style that is common for the particular time period. Of course, there is always the possibility that older pieces were not signed by the maker, so it’s a good idea to talk to the dealer about the background and details of the pieces.
- Ask for Authentication and Documentation
Whenever possible, ask for documentation that details the origin of the item. This documentation could add value to the piece, and bring personal value, too, when passing it down through your family. A few documents to consider include:
- Documented research on the history of the piece
- Original receipts with the purchaser’s name
- Handwritten notes from the original owner
- A photograph of the owner wearing the item
Another way to validate the authenticity of the piece is to have it evaluated by a professional. A letter of authentication or even a certificate from an expert in the field will state the person’s educated opinion that the item is the real deal. Also, if you are buying an antique piece with coloured gemstones or diamonds, look for the GIA certificate which will give you details including:
You are the Judge
The most important thing when it comes to buying antique jewellery is to decide if you like a piece and if you are going to enjoy wearing it. If you aren’t in love with it, don’t risk regretting spending money on it. Jewellery pieces truly are objects of beauty, so be sure to try an item on before you buy it, too.
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