Authenticating Estate Jewellery

Written by: Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Summary: Learn tips to identify an authentic antique necklace, ring or other jewellery.

There is a lot to keep in mind if you’re new to buying jewellery. Even the most experienced antique jewellery buyer can become overwhelmed purchasing an engagement ring or investing in a few classic pieces without guidelines. There are a few common tips you can use to help identify authentic jewellery and ensure you’re buying the real thing.

Firstly, the piece in question should be examined closely. This does not require an expert eye; you may simply wish to hold the jewellery in your hand for a moment to get a feel for it, or search online for reviews from buyers of similar pieces. If a designer piece of estate jewellery is being advertised as 14kt gold or sterling silver and it feels hollow rather than weighted in your hand, it could be a sign that the jewellery is not authentic.

Designers typically use specific branding marks to distinguish their product from their competitors’. This means that virtually every legitimate piece of designer jewellery will have an easily recognizable marking on it. Over time, pieces such as vintage engagement rings that have had close daily contact with skin may have suffered some wear and tear. This is normal, even for designer pieces. However, be wary if pieces have particularly worn down markings.

Don’t be afraid to get a good, close look at the item before purchasing it. Antique engagement rings, for example, are a beautiful piece with both financial and emotional significance.

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