Vintage seems to be the new black with everyone tipping it to be the next big thing. We get it, vintage doesn't appeal to everyone but often, the best gems are vintage. Buying a single piece of jewellery is the same as the purchase of a piece of history. They will vary widely depending on their value and significance. Unfortunately, shopping for vintage may seem like a daunting task especially with many fakes out in the market: you won't be able to tell what's real and what's fake. Here is everything you'd like to know before buying vintage jewellery.
What are you into?
Vintage is a wide category that covers jewellery that is at least 20 years old. Find out what appeals to you. Is it vintage Rolex watches? Or perhaps candy-colored earrings from the 80s? Do some research from local antique malls or visiting online sites to understand what's out there before making a random purchase.
Read the descriptions carefully
Don't make any purchase without reading the description carefully. Most reputable sellers will want to describe an item to you in detail. Ask questions if you feel there is insufficient information.
Look for the manufacture's mark
A manufacture's mark will help you know the age and quality of any piece you seek. There's a listing that includes the years various jewellery manufacturers operated and this is the kind of information you need to arm yourself with.
Once you've figured out all the information, it's now time to find out where to buy. The internet is one easy and large place where you can find a lot of your favourite pieces from wherever you are. Be aware of fake sites claiming to sell the best vintage.
Compare the prices
Vintage prestige watches will vary in price from the vintage Rolex watches. Moreover, checking the prices is one excellent way of distinguishing fake items from real ones. Visit different sites and see the price they're selling a vintage jewellery.
Learn how to take care of your jewellery
When purchasing vintage jewellery, you'll undoubtedly want to preserve its value by taking care of it. Although the techniques may vary according to the pieces, you'll need to learn a few basic things to help preserve it. Remember that these pieces may be pretty hard to repair so you'll need to handle and wear it carefully. If possible, store them in a soft zipped up pouch.
These items have previously been worn and this is the beauty of them so don't expect to find one that is in pristine condition. Furthermore, you'll want to check its condition before closing any deal to ensure you haven't bought anything that needs repair. It's fun to add some vintage to your jewellery collection but shopping for these items requires you to have good eyes and possibly a sharp mind. Conduct some thorough research before making any final purchase to verify a piece's authenticity. This buying guide will help you make a good purchase you won't regret later especially if you're new in the vintage world.