The prospect of purchasing estate jewelry is fraught with a slew of risks that, if not noted and dodged, can upturn investments. However, that is not to say that the idea of buying vintage jewelry is not encouraged. Vintage jewels are among those investments that will make your eyes sparkle every time you cast a look at them. They make their owners stand head above shoulders, first by their antiquity and second by the matchless beauty. As incredible as it sounds, buying one can be a little trippy if you don’t have guideposts leading your way. So, here are some tips that can guide you to the right purchase decision when it comes to antique baubles.
A Background Check on the Seller
If it’s an independent seller, make sure that you know everything that you need to know about him that would legitimize the authenticity of the item. There are innumerable sellers online who are looking to sale heritage pieces. Not all of them are cons, but every once in a while, you may meet one who is simply trying to swindle your money for a worthless item. So, make sure you know what he is up to before you even approach them as a potential buyer.
Know What to Ask
When you get in touch with him, make sure you have all the questions in place that you want to ask. Enquire about things like the story behind the piece that would give you a partial insight into how long he has been holding on to the piece or if it really is an antique one as he claims it to be. An honest seller will be more than happy to answer all your questions satisfactorily.
Look for an Artists Initials or Mark
Every antique jewelry has a mark that is inscribed by the maker as a way of signing his creation. Since they are all handcrafted, there is almost always a little icon left by the maker. Look for that.
Must Have a Patina
Patina or the sheen of age is what makes vintage pieces all the more precious. So, look for that, and not nicks and dents as evidence of its age. Sellers do not polish heritage jewelry lest it loses mass.
Mind the Price
If the seller is offering you a price that is too good to be true, odds are that they are trying to sell you a fake product. Vintage jewelry are expensive and that’s the way they should be.