Antique and vintage jewellery has an allure all of its! Once you consider antique jewellery, you tend to think about the sort of thing that turns up on the Antique Road Show, the Faberge jewellery that is valued in the a large number of pounds, but needless to say many vintage pieces are far more modest and affordable. I started in antique fairs some years ago, and jewellery was always popular, whether rings, brooches, or necklaces or bracelets.
Antique jewellery is generally defined to be 100 years old or even more, lakshmi hara whereas vintage is usually defined as older pieces made following the Retro Modern amount of the 1940s and as much as and including the 1980s. It is really a very wide field, and usually the terms are interchangeable.
Indeed, for people on a budget, pre-owned, or pre-loved jewellery because the trade prefers to call it, is a good alternative to buying new jewellery. I found that vintage jewellery is normally well-made and attractive, especially since, with the rising price of gold and other precious metals, the more unattractive and/or damaged pieces are now actually melted down because of their scrap metal value, leaving the better pieces intact. The thought of owning a unique wedding ring or wedding ring that is vintage or pre-loved is something which can be viewed as as very often these rings will soon be cheaper compared to modern equivalent but just nearly as good quality or even better. I believe that it’s nice to perhaps think on yesteryear history of a classic piece and speculate on the real history behind it!
So where do you will find antique and vintage jewellery? Some jewellery shops sell second-hand jewellery, and you should buy online. eBay is a favorite source, but be cautious – it’s easy to have overly enthusiastic and bid more than you intended! And the rule of caveat emptor applies – that means ‘buyer beware’ and I find that if something looks too good to be true, then generally it’s!
When buying antiques, you will need to ensure of what it’s you’re buying, so always get a proper receipt from owner which demonstrates the item is genuine. It should state the gems used, and that any diamonds are genuine and not substitutes such as cubic zirconium. Gold and silver must certanly be hallmarked – all British silver and gold is, but foreign items such as Indian jewellery may not be. An unbiased appraisal may be worth obtaining in the event of valuable items.
My advice to anyone thinking about buying antique or vintage jewellery is to master as much as you possibly can. Read up about it and get to understand everything you are looking for. Knowledge is power. It’s also fun!
Another idea is to consider vintage-style. New jewellery that has been produced in a vintage style is also remarkably popular and often good value. On my website, are many retailers who do lovely ranges of attractive jewellery and watches in traditional and antique styles to accommodate any taste, whether Victorian, Art Nouveau or Art Deco, so feel absolve to have a look, and remember, buying from these retailers is safe and easy.