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Tips on buying antique pieces as gifts

The value of jewellery changes with the fashion. Now, people like rock crystal, diamonds and platinum that is wearable. They are buying more 20th century jewellery. Art Deco has a more modern look and is desirable. Famous makers like Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels are selling for good prices.


Tastes have turned from Victorian jewellery so now might be a good time to buy it!


Tips for collecting antique jewellery

1. Jet, amber and coral make good buys

2. If buying to wear choose something that is wearable and can be enjoyed.

3. If buying for investment then named pieces are good value

4. Brooches are less popular so you can often get a good piece for a lower price.

5. Don’t always go for the name. Find nameless pieces that are well made. Beautiful pieces can be picked up for a fraction of the price of named ones.

6. Provincial auctions often have good jewellery at a better price to major salerooms

7. Take a loupe to inspect pieces, condition is paramount

8. Don’t buy 10 pieces with a lower price tag. Buy the best you can afford

9. Buy one better so it really hurts but you will not go wrong

10. If buying as a gift make sure the owner will want to wear it when they are older as jewellery needs to have punch when you are older



The value of jewellery changes with the fashion. Now, people like rock crystal, diamonds and platinum that is wearable. They are buying more 20th century jewellery. Art Deco has a more modern look and is desirable. Famous makers like Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels are selling for good prices.


Tastes have turned from Victorian jewellery so now might be a good time to buy it!


Tips for collecting antique jewellery

1. Jet, amber and coral make good buys

2. If buying to wear choose something that is wearable and can be enjoyed.

3. If buying for investment then named pieces are good value

4. Brooches are less popular so you can often get a good piece for a lower price.

5. Don’t always go for the name. Find nameless pieces that are well made. Beautiful pieces can be picked up for a fraction of the price of named ones.

6. Provincial auctions often have good jewellery at a better price to major salerooms

7. Take a loupe to inspect pieces, condition is paramount

8. Don’t buy 10 pieces with a lower price tag. Buy the best you can afford

9. Buy one better so it really hurts but you will not go wrong

10. If buying as a gift make sure the owner will want to wear it when they are older as jewellery needs to have punch when you are older



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