Collecting antique jewelry
Antique collecting regardless of type and kind can be difficult. But, it is harder if you prefer to include antique jewelry in your collection. This is because antique jewelry requires more knowledge and the utmost care in order to retain its original value.
Although collecting antique jewelry is more meticulous compared to others, it won't be a hard task if you familiarize yourself with the things that you need to know. Today, more and more people prefer collecting jewelry because the items are more beautiful to look at - especially when used. Aside from the desire to possess exquisite pieces of antique jewelry, many people collect them because they can generate a huge amount of money once they are offered for sale.
But, since replication and restoration are standard procedures with most jewelry today, you should be very careful in buying pieces for your collection. To avoid buying fakes or even restored ones, which have less value, the first thing that you should do is to look for a professional appraisal of the item to ensure its authenticity. While doing this, take note of the date when the jewelry was authenticated and seek the assistance of an expert to interpret it for you.
When you are sure about the authenticity of the item, closely examine and inspect the overall condition by testing its parts such as the prongs on rings, the sockets of the stone in earrings and in bracelets, and the pendant in necklaces. Check for any cracks and if there are any, make sure that you get an estimated cost of the repairs. (TIP: In collecting antique jewelry that has diamonds in it, ask for a certificate from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) so you can be sure that it is authentic.)
If you are collecting antique, or vintage jewelry just because you love it, visit the Vintage Store at Sage Hill Farms for some lovely, and lovingly selected necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. Vintage collecting is a lovely way to connect to the past and add treasures to your list of heirlooms.
Maintaining the value of antique jewelry starts at the moment you purchase it. It means that for you to retain and increase its market value, you should have proper storage for it and you have enough knowledge on how to clean it.
Seasoned antique jewelry collectors say that knowing how to clean an antique piece is very important in protecting your investment. Since the cost of antique jewelry pieces is a serious investment, people who collect them should be very particular in maintaining them. Cleaning a piece of antique jewelry depends on the type of jewelry. The materials used in the jewelry piece also plays a very big role in cleaning it because a wrong cleaning agent could damage the item.
(TIP: If you are into collecting antique jewelry as a business, make sure that you hire the services of a professional to assess the value of the pieces you have.)