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About Antique Jewellery
Many of the most breathtaking pieces of jewellery are antiques and there was a vast range of incredible designs created in the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras.
The quality of craftsmanship seen in antique jewellery is incomparable to many of the mass-produced identical items that are designed these days based on current trends, and it is no surprise that numerous people are keen to buy antique jewellery.
Popular antique jewellery
Everything from gold jewellery and silver jewellery to gemstone jewellery is popular amongst antique dealers, and there are so many unique pieces with an incredible history available on the antique market.
Lots of different types of jewellery are frequently sought-after and in addition to looking for antique rings and antique bracelets, for example, it isn’t uncommon for people to look for things like antique brooches too.
Art deco and art nouveau items are amongst some of the most popular antique pieces of jewellery, and they offer a striking contrast to modern mainstream designs.
It isn’t uncommon for antique buyers to keep the antique jewellery they come across for themselves, rather than sell it on to other collectors for a profit.
Things to remember when buying antique jewellery
Buying antique jewellery can be a bit of a daunting task and if you don’t have much knowledge or experience buying antiques, you may be unsure where to even start.
You will understandably want to make sure you’re buying the best items that are within your budget and to help you do so, there are a few important things to remember.
Firstly, whilst some wear and tear is expected with age, condition is always important when it comes to antiques.
If any repairs or alterations have been made to the pieces of jewellery you’re interested in, it is beneficial to learn more about them and ideally, they should have been completed by a specialist with knowledge of antique jewellery.
Checking the authenticity of a piece of jewellery is crucial too, especially if you’re going to be spending a lot of money on an antique.
Looking at whether a piece of jewellery has been correctly manufactured for the period it is said to be from is a great way to make sure it’s not a reproduction.
Don’t forget to look at the hallmarks and/or maker’s marks as well, these will help you to learn more about the piece you’re interested in.
If you plan on keeping the antique jewellery you buy, it is beneficial to speak to the antique dealer about any required maintenance as well.
This will enable you to keep the item in the best possible condition whilst you’re its owner. Should you ever wish to sell a piece of antique jewellery, you will likely get more for it when you have taken good care of it yourself.
Here at Eat Sleep Antiques, we supply a vast range of antiques from various periods of time and we can help you start your antique jewellery collection.
Explore our marketplace today to find your perfect pieces of jewellery, regardless of what your personal taste may be.