An antique jewellery is distinct in its own way. If you want to know the difference between antique jewellery and vintage jewellery, there is a simple way to know it. You just need to find out the age of the jewellery and then you can know whether it is antique or vintage. For instance, if the jewellery is 40 or 50 years old, it is called vintage jewellery and if it is 100 years old, it is called antique jewellery. The same rule is applied to know the age of modern or contemporary jewellery. By knowing the age of the jewellery you can know whether it requires maintenance or not. Therefore, it is necessary to go for jewellery valuation from time to time. You can also opt for online jewellery valuation to save your time and effort.
In this article we shall be looking at some of the tips which you can follow to evaluate your antique jewellery pieces. Prestige Valuations is a valuation company in the UK which provides you with different services related to valuable assets, such as valuation of jewellery in divorce settlement, watch valuation, jewellery repairing and remodelling, and so on. You can take the help of the experts from these companies to carry out the assessment related to the jewellery and other valuable assets.
Let us now have a look at some of the tips which you can follow to evaluate your antique jewellery.
Look at the Materials and Components of the Jewellery
This is one of the ways to carry out the antique jewellery valuation process. You need to examine the material which is used in designing the jewellery. It is because the material used in designing the jewellery has a major role to play. The more valuable the material is, the more expensive and valuable the jewellery becomes. This can be any kind of material. The most important of all of them is the metal that is used. Metals such as rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, silver and platinum are some of the common metals which are used in designing the jewellery. Each metal is more valuable than the other, hence, the price varies from metal to metal. Secondly, it is highly important that the antique jewellery piece is hallmarked. A jewellery with a hallmark sign determines the originality and authenticity of the jewellery. It shows that the jewellery is genuine and the hallmark sign enhances the value of the jewellery. In order to cross check the authenticity of the jewellery, you can even take it to the jeweller or the expert and get a certificate for it.
Quality of the Stones Matters the Most
After examining the metal and the authenticity of the jewellery, do not forget to examine the quality of stones employed in designing the jewellery. Whether the stone is original or not, whether it is diamond or any other gemstone, whether it is pure or not and so on are some of the important factors which determine the value of the antique jewellery. The expert may use different methods to evaluate the stone of an antique jewellery piece as compared to that of the current stone of the contemporary jewellery piece. The colour of the stone, the cut of the stone, the carat weight and the clarity of the stone are four most important aspects which you need to keep in mind while going for the valuation of the antique jewellery. It is because the expert will use these 4C’s in determining the value of the jewellery.
Quality of the Design has a Major Role to Play
Now that you are aware of the age of the jewellery, whether it is hallmarked or not, what kind of metal is used in designing it and what are the stones employed in it, this is the time you need to know about the quality of the design. A uniquely designed piece of jewellery has more value than that of the mass produced jewellery. If the antique jewellery piece is a customised jewellery, consider that it is going to be more valuable than you might have thought. Secondly, if it is designed by a well known designer or a brand, the piece of jewellery becomes more valuable. Hence the unique design, brand and the designer play an important role in determining the value of the antique jewellery.
These are some of the tips which you need to follow to evaluate your antique jewellery. Whether you are going for probate jewellery valuation or antique jewellery valuation, make sure to keep these tips in mind.