Identifying Estate Jewellery: A Guide for Novices

estate-pearl-and-diamond-ringEstate sales can be a lot of fun, regardless of whether you buy something or not, but collecting can become addictive. Novices entering the scene might notice certain buyers purchasing a great deal of the estate’s items, and wonder how one arrives at such decisions. After all, estate jewellery can be expensive. This guide will help anyone enter their first estate sale with more knowledge of what they are buying.

Seek Out a Style

If you know the kind of style you want before you arrive at the estate sale, you’ll have a laser-focus on certain pieces. Look at art deco rings, Victorian pendants, and anything else that strikes your fancy. Learn more about the history of these pieces, the styles, and what they represent. A good buyer understands everything about what she is buying, and therefore never pays too much.

Look for Manufacturer’s Stamps

Sometimes, you’ll be able to see the stamp of a manufacturer on antique engagement rings. Older rings often bore a mark that a certain jeweler made the piece, and since each piece was handmade it was like a signature. Looking for this mark is a sign that what you’re looking at may be authentic.

Ask Questions

Dealers, such as Cynthia Findlay Antiques, employ people who have a great deal of knowledge about the technical side of jewellery making. Don’t expect an estate to have that kind of knowledge, so you’ll need an appraiser to ascertain actual value. Ask the seller more about the history of the piece: where it came from and who owned it.

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