Vintage and antiquity hold a special charm of its own – the special nostalgic feeling of people, places and time past gone. That specific charm also applies to antique jewellery – pieces of precious jewels and metals from decades or centuries ago. However, do not let that charm blind your decisions – just as with any other vintage item, it is important to properly assess the quality and authenticity of the jewellery or you can find yourself easily duped. Here are some tips to consider when buying antique jewellery:
- Research before anything else – the first step is to verify things independently. Antique jewellery for sale Hong Kong tends to generally be showcased at exhibitions and the like, which means you can easily dig up their histories on the net and from talking to experts in the field. Instead of visiting the shop with no understanding whatsoever of the history of the particular piece of jewellery you are eyeing, it is always better to research and find out whatever you can about that specific piece. It can help you see if the salesperson is lying to you at the very least!
- Details, details, details – never forget to carefully examine any antique piece of jewellery. Antique means old, and old means a greater chance for a specific item to get damaged. You should be on the lookout for scratches, imperfections and other damages that should not have existed when the jewellery was first created. For example, with antique diamonds for sale, you should make sure to magnify the diamond with a microscope and look for imperfections not described in the records about the diamond. Small scratches and the like can be fixed through polishing and other techniques, but large imperfections, cracks or chips cannot be fixed in any way.
- Maker’s mark – another good point to be on the lookout for when purchasing antique jewellery is the so-called ‘maker’s mark’: an incision or mark made by the jeweller, akin to a signature. Most jewellers in the past tended to leave a mark on their works, which means that this is one of the easiest ways to spot a fake from an authentic piece of jewellery.
- Documentation – and of course, do not forget to ask the salesperson for documentation! In addition to the historical details they should be willing to provide you, they should also be able to provide documents that testify the authenticity of the jewellery. For example, old receipts, letters or photographs of the previous owners can testify this.
- Follow your own instincts – and finally, after considering all of the above points, do not forget that your gut feelings can also help you in your search. If that particular article of jewellery feels fake to you, then so be it! It is best to be wary than to find yourself duped in the end, after all.