How to buy authentic vintage jewellery

When you buy vintage jewellery there's always the chance that what you might by is counterfeit or not worth as much as the seller claims. Unfortunately, true vintage jewellery is hard to come by, particularly if you're looking for some big brands or something expensive. However, you can still find some gems on auction sites or in shops, if you know what to look for.

Vintage Jewellery Guide

The first thing you should know when you buy vintage jewellery isbrand. You need to have a good knowledge of which brands are worth what, and how to recognise them officially. It can be quite easy to create a counterfiet of a brand name, so you need to be able to distinguish different brands by hallmarks or specific traits.

There's true vintage jewellery and designer jewellery. Designer jewellery is often a mimic of the real deal, not nescessarily counterfiet but not true vintage, either. You can look on brand websites or research vintage brand names and look for key features in their designs or logos to try and ensure the jewellery is authentic.

You should also be aware of the historyof the brand and designs. For example, Chanel may use a different type of hallmark or characteristics in their new jewellery which wasn't present in earlier pieces. Some early pieces of jewellery may actually be unmarked, so it's important to know the history of a brand line to ensure you don't miss out on any bargains, or get ripped off.

Take notice of signatureson designs. These are seperate from logos and are usually scribed onto a piece, but aren't always present. However, if you know a specific piece of jewellery has a signature, make sure you carefully inspect the signature before buying. Counterfiets can easily replicates signatures, but these won't always be accurate to the original, authentic markings.

Condition of Vintage Jewellery

When you buy vintage jewellery it can be easy to forget the condition of the piece and simply buy it because it's authentic and name-brand. However, like everything else, vintage jewellery is less valuable if it is in bad condition. In the same way you wouldn't buy a car in terrible condition, you should carefully weigh up the condition of a vintage piece of jewellery and its price before purchase.

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