What You Need To Ask The Antique Dealer Before Purchasing Antique Jewellery

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When it comes to purchasing antique jewellery, unless you are an expert, it is relatively easy to overpay for something if you do not know its true worth. The best way to gain knowledge of antique jewellery is through research and experience, and when you know what to look for, it is much easier to buy safely.


If you are looking to purchase some antique jewellery, there are some vital questions that you should ask, some of which are below.


Do Some Research


When you go to the Kalmar Antiques jewellery dealer, you can ask about the different types of jewellery from different eras, particularly the period of the piece of jewellery you are eyeing on. You can conduct your own research as well. Educate yourself on the materials used, as well as the design of pieces through specific periods in history.


Understanding The Item Of Jewellery


The first few questions that you should ask will help you to put the jewellery in context and understand more about it. You will want to ask if the vendor knows anything about the history, or provenance of the item, as well as if there is any symbolism attached to the piece. You will also want to ask if it is a replica from an earlier era, and f there is anything that makes it especially valuable.


Ask Them To Talk You Through The Piece


You will also want to get them to explain in as much detail about an individual item as you can, including asking them to explain the hallmark, or why there is none on the piece. Ask how the dealer knows that it is an authentic piece, even if you already know the answer, and get the dealer to explain the materials used in the piece. If there are precious gems in the item, then you will also want an appraisal of them, including carat weight, colour, clarity, and cut. You will want to know if the gemstones have been treated to affect their colour, and if they come with any certification or proven provenance.


Questions To Ask Yourself


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There are also plenty of questions that you should be asking yourself before you commit to purchasing antique jewellery, which can also help you make an informed decision. You will want to ask yourself how practical the item is, and if it will be worn every day or only on special occasions. You will also need to decide if you can afford the cost, as well as if the item will hold its value in the future. You may need to consider resizing a piece, especially if it is an antique ring you are looking to purchase, so you will also want them to recommend somewhere to have this done if they cannot offer this service themselves.


It is also a good idea if you ask the dealer about their returns policy if for any reason you may wish to return the item after purchase. When you have asked all the questions that you can think of, you will then be able to decide whether to make your purchase or not. With some patience and a level head, you can find some excellent antique jewellery at a reasonable price, and purchase with confidence that you are not overpaying for the item.

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