Tips for buying Antique Jewellery Lauren April 3, 2015 Jewellery Vintage jewellery is one style we can be sure of that will never go out of fashion; thanks to its unique designs, ornate detailing and timeless elegance. It may be fair to say that some modern jewellery manufacturers just can’t compete with the quality of older styled jewellery, too, with older pieces standing the test of time against some of the productions of today. If you’d like to invest in a beautiful piece of vintage or antique jewellery, you may not know where to start, and it’s made all the more confusing by the fact that there are so many clever and close reproductions of antique jewellery out there today. However, we’ve put together some tips to hopefully help make this venture a little easier. Do your research about where to shop Knowing the best places to find your antique pieces is the best place to start, as most of the other concerns will then be taken care of, or at least will be reduced if you’re shopping somewhere with a good reputation. The key is to find a dealer you can trust and with whom you can build a relationship. Dealers who frequently exhibit at antique jewellery consumer and trade shows are commonly vetted by the producing company, so these are generally a safe place to start your antique journey. Investigate the seller and ask them questions Some antique jewellery can and will be quite pricey, so it’s obviously important you know how you’re giving your money too, and whether it’s worth your time and money or not. A good idea is to ask the seller some questions about the piece and even about their business. A good, solid question is to ask where they got the jewellery from, as this is likely to give you an idea about how they work and if they’re reputable or not, as they should be able to give you a viable background story. Get a close look at the details If you’re not a jewellery expert, it can be difficult to know what you’re looking for when determining whether a piece of jewellery is authentic or if it’s a fake, especially as there are so many good fakes out there nowadays. Antique jewellers almost always left a maker’s mark somewhere on the piece. Therefore, if the piece is said to have been made prior to the 1950s, check for some type of mark; such as a small icon of the initials of the maker. There’s also a really useful article here regarding how to check if your piece of jewellery is authentic or not, too. Be prepared to pay a fair price As mentioned above, if you want to buy a timeless and vintage piece that will hold real value, you’ll need to be prepared to pay good money for it. As a general rule; if a price seems too good to be true, chances are, it probably is. You can get good deals buying antique jewellery online too, which is worth looking into.