Estate jewelry can be a fantastic way to find a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for a great price. But of course there’s a “buyer beware” aspect any shopper needs to be heed. Here are a few points from Christie Romero, a respected jewelry historian, gemologist, collector, and author of Warman’s Jewelry, a guide to 18th – 20th century jewelry.
What are the most important things to consider when buying estate jewelry?
I call it the seven criteria: condition, craftsmanship, color, design, demand, scarcity and size. Condition is huge and affects value a great deal. That’s why using a loupe is so important. The first thing I teach people in my workshops is how to use a loupe. Sometimes you can overlook things without magnification. Look for damage and to see if parts are original or if they need repair. Lead solder on precious metal is a bad thing. You have to train your eye to notice these things and anyone can do that. You don’t need special training, it’s just matter of training your eye.
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