What You Need to Know about Buying Estate Jewelry
Estate jewelry has grown in popularity over the last few decades, largely because antique shows that draw attention to the possibility of finding something rare or valuable (or both). Plus, it can be more cost-effective than new jewelry, and it comes with a history.
The public has become increasingly more interested in finding singular pieces that reflect a different time or that have a classic look not found in stores today. You also need to be careful when shopping at estate sales to make sure you know what you are getting.
If you are planning on purchasing estate jewelry, you can actually go to a specialized jeweler and see what they have on offer. This can greatly simplify the process and offers peace of mind, assuming that the jeweler is reputable and focuses on fine estate jewelry.
Specialized jewelers have a wealth of knowledge and can tell a good bit of the history of the time when a piece was made, even if they cannot tell you too much about the piece’s history. You can always ask if they know the history behind different pieces, as they may have some background history if they were provided that at the time they purchased the pieces. However, you will definitely have an accurate idea of how old a piece is.
Finally, know that estate jewelry is available at all price points. It all depends on your style, the type of estate jewelry you’re seeking, and its value.