Shopping For Vintage Jewelry

by aloop1November 22, 20160 comments

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Jewelry is a wonderful fashion accessory preferred particularly by many women and it comes in various styles and designs to fit every wearer’s preference and personality. It may come in precious metal (gold, silver, platinum, etc.) which is pretty pricey or from less expensive material (plastic, glass, synthetic stones, etc.) which, all the same, makes a great adornment. Jewelry pieces never go out of fashion regardless how “last year” they are and a lot are actually pieces that “lived to tell the tale” of their journey from the past.

Pieces between 20 to 100 years old are considered vintage. Though they may show traces of flaws and imperfections due to their age, vintage jewelry pieces are as flashy and glitzy as their history. They are certainly worth collecting as an investment and as a fashion statement, and if you have the fondness of these classic fashion ornaments you may want to start a collection that is just within your budget.

But before even jumping into such undertaking, you have to keep in mind that not all vintage-looking are authentic pieces so you have to expand your understanding and familiarize yourself with their various identifying characteristics to make sure you get your money’s worth. Talk to some jewelry experts or collectors you know – they may be able to provide you with some helpful tips. Also, read some books on jewelry to further broaden your knowledge.

Yard sales, estate sales, discount shops and flea markets are great places to find antique as well as classic vintage pieces at a cheaper price. Keep in mind though putting extra time and effort going around these places as you have to search through piles and piles of “junks” and you never know what you might chance upon. Never disregard a broken piece of charm or a ring with a missing stone since this is already a great find, you can have it repaired or replaced with a stone of your choice.

Having said that, examine the jewelry elaborately for blemishes, scratches, chipped components, repairs and loose settings prior to buying. These are minor issues that can be fixed and probably work to your benefit – you may be able to get it at a fair price while you still get to bring home a valuable piece you can treasure for a lifetime.

If you find bargain shopping from one place to another very inconvenient, the easiest way to shop for vintage jewelry is through online shopping. Online vintage stores offer a wide variety of choices ranging from perhaps not the most popular items to the most sought after signed pieces. You have to be aware though that you can’t inspect and hold the jewelry personally so you have to be very careful with your choice. Ask as many questions as you like and remember to ask for certificate of authenticity.

Accredited vintage shops may offer more expensive items but this is where you can find, if not some of the most favorite, genuine jewelry pieces.  They also offer special sale or discounts on some occasions so keep an eye out on these events to get the best deal.

Shopping for vintage jewelry can be fun and engaging but it can be pretty tricky as well especially if you are a new collector who can’t differentiate faux from authentic pieces. So, study and learn the “tricks” to avoid going home with merely vintage-looking jewelry.

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