Are you planning a wedding, or even working towards an (hint hint) engagement with your partner? Do you love buying antique jewellery?
It’s time to consider your jewellery options for both your engagement and wedding ring(s), and you’ve certainly come to the right place.
There is so much to think about when it comes to wedding planning. You’d be forgiven if you didn’t take the time to consider exactly what you are looking for in the ring department!
Of course, there are a few things to remember in order to make sure that you are investing in the best possible pieces.
With that in mind, here are 7 invaluable tips for buying antique jewellery:
1. When Buying Antique Jewellery, Focus On Individuality
One of the best things about shopping for antique jewellery is that there’s a much larger range of styles to consider.
When it comes to picking out something special for an engagement or a wedding, aim to stand out from the crowd instead of falling in line.
Focus on the individuality of the pieces that you find and compare them to the general styles that seem to be popular today.
The more unique the piece you settle on is, the more special it will continue to be in your life, says Carus Jewellery.
2. Consider The Different Eras
Each era of jewellery design holds its own special history.
So have a think about whether you want to connect yourself with a particular time that means something to you.
For example, if a family member close to your heart grew up in a specific era, you might want to focus your search around that.
You might be in love with Art Deco styling or Victorian or Edwardian jewellery.
Of course, different eras command different prices when it comes to antique jewellery.
It is always good to set a budget for yourself before falling in love with a piece that is totally out of your price range!
3. Appreciate The Sustainability
Here’s something that you can be really proud of when shopping for antique jewellery rather than brand new…
It’s the fact that you are not personally contributing to the carbon footprint that the modern jewellery industry is responsible for.
By opting to buy something that was created many decades ago – such as a beautifully elegant 1960s pink sapphire and diamond ring, or an eye-catching emerald and diamond ring from the 1920s – you are being sustainable in your purchasing choices.
Sustainability is something that we should all be thinking much more about.
4. Check Up On Authenticity When Buying Antique
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of jewellery floating around in the amateur buyer’s market that is not what its seller claims it to be.
It’s important to protect yourself against counterfeit stones and false provenance.
Therefore, it is recommended to stick to places like certified jewellery stores and auction houses.
They will have done their own checks to guarantee the authenticity and quality of the jewellery.
5. Choose Your Stone Carefully
When it comes to making a decision on the stone that you are looking for, it is often determined by what is popular in the moment.
Antique diamonds were often cut by hand and therefore there are no two the same. This makes them more valuable!
Coloured diamonds, in particular, pink, yellow and blue, are rarer and generally perform well at auction.
Old rubies, emeralds and sapphires can also be very valuable, especially if they have been sourced from famous mines.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Resize Jewellery
Have you fallen in love with a piece of antique jewellery that just doesn’t fit you perfectly?
It doesn’t mean that you have to pass it up and look for something else.
Any good jewellery professional will be able to resize an antique ring.
And don’t worry. Resizing an antique ring will not detract from the overall value of the jewellery.
In general the stone or stones on the piece will not have been changed or affected with the resizing.
7. Check Hallmarks When Buying Antique Jewellery
The vast majority of antique silver and gold is stamped with easy to read markings.
These markings, called Hallmarks indicate manufactured date, location, tradesperson and metal quality.
Hallmarks are an easy way to check that what you are buying is exactly what is being advertised.
Now You’re Ready To Buy
It’s easy to fall in love with a piece of antique jewellery. But it is important you know what you are paying for.
Remember, there are a few things to consider when buying antique jewellery.
To make sure you are investing in the best possible pieces, check hallmarks, history and authenticity.
Antique engagement and wedding rings are a wonderful choice due to the sustainability and individuality of the pieces.
So, good luck with finding your perfect ring!
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