Before Buying Vintage Estate Jewelry

For people who enjoy old collectibles as a way to keep in touch with the past, a trip to an estate sale can be a real treat. Jewelry lovers can usually find at least one or two items that interest them at bargain prices. Many women, and even some men, enjoy collecting jewelry. Vintage estate jewelry offers the opportunity to connect with the styles and fashions of the past that are now sometimes difficult to find for sale at retail outlets. If you are spending a minimal amount of cash, then buy to your heart’s content. If however, you are thinking of making an investment in a very expensive piece of estate jewelry, you should take some precautions.

An investment in vintage jewelry can bring great returns later on, but you must make sure that what you are buying is worth the asking price. Beware of fake stones when buying vintage gemstone jewelry. You should do a bit of research to educate yourself in the ways to identify authentic stones. The idea of reading a book or doing online research simply to prepare for the purchase of a piece of jewelry may seem extreme, but the knowledge you gain will be yours forever. If you intend to continue purchasing estate jewelry, the few hours spent studying could be worth a considerable amount of money down the road.

You should learn about how to identify a variety of gemstones, but one of the most commonly seen gems on sale at estate clearances are diamonds. Most people have heard of the “four C’s” as they pertain to diamonds. These identifying characteristics are cut, color, clarity and condition. You should make yourself familiar with the definitions of these terms as well as how to determine the quality of any stone you are considering.

The phrase buyer beware holds especially true at estate sales. You should not necessarily trust the appraisals you are given by the seller of the jewelry. They obviously have everything to gain by misleading buyers. This is not to say that all people selling at estate sales would cheat you, but you should certainly be careful, as many sellers have a no return policy. Most areas have a few prominent estate companies who handle the bulk of estate sales in their region. Try visiting the sales they host on a regular basis, and if possible, get to know the owner of the business to get a feel for whether or not you think they are completely trustworthy. Once you are familiar with both the process of purchasing vintage jewelry and the people selling the merchandise, you may be able to find and buy yourself some wonderful vintage treasures.

Shopping Thrift Stores and Pawn Shops For Collectable Jewelry Considered

Finding pristine pieces of collectable jewelry takes a lot of patience and a bit of knowledge. That means it takes some experience and observational talents that must be developed over time. Some folks like to peruse the online ads on eBay, Craigslist and such to find collectable jewelry, but you better make sure you know what you are buying and that the picture displayed is crisp and the actual digital shot of the item that is for sale.

It’s starting to sound a little dangerous buying stuff online or at online auctions isn’t it? Sure it is, so beware. Still, a talented shopper can find some super deals online, again, with patience, knowledge and knowing exactly which questions to ask, before they send the electronic payments to the seller. May I be so bold as to offer some advice on shopping for collectable jewelry another way, using the “what you see, is really what you get method?”

Why not go into a nicer area and check out the Pawn Shops? Right now with the economy in the tank, many folks have hocked their collectable jewelry to get quick cash to stay in their homes, pay their mortgages, or get money to stay out of bankruptcy. With job losses increasing at the bottom of the recession, there is quite the supply available.
If you have collectable jewelry and you take it to a Pawn Shop do not expect to get much for it, it’s too risky and many Pawn Shops will not give you much for it, as there is no definite market and its value is so hard to judge. There is a market for some specific top end brands like Rolex Watches, but for the most part collectable jewelry is not so easy to Pawn.

Perhaps this is why you can get such a good deal for it. And while you are at the Pawn Shop, why not check out the Thrift Stores too. The selection might not be so great during a down economy, since more folks are shopping for low prices for jewelry, but Thrift Stores often have great collectable jewelry, again if you are patient and know what to look for. Think on this.

Jewelry Boxes in Endless Variety

Collecting jewelry boxes can be fun and interesting encompassing everything from famous people to different eras in our history. A collection can focus on ancient Egypt with beautiful wood boxes with mother of pearl inlaid in rectangular and octagon shapes or a hand painted cast metal box with scarabs and lotus.

Most are lined with velvet of a coordinating color. A fun collection would be one of Disney characters with the most popular ones being Tinker Bell and Cinderella. There are jewelry boxes shaped like the Cinderella castle that open with a drawbridge. Imagine a shelf of jewelry boxes with all the Disney princesses and a castle. That would be a beautiful and fun display in any room.

Like animals? A cute green turtle jewelry box or an elephant or a dolphin jewelry box all can begin a great collection of sea animals or African animals. Maybe you would like a collection with various animal patterns such as snakeskin and leopard spots? Do you have a friend that collects lighthouses? A jewelry box in the shape of a lighthouse or a fine wooden box with a beautiful painting of a lighthouse on the shore with waves lapping at the rocks can be a meaningful gift to a collector.

A collection of jewelry boxes does not have to be the large boxes we normally see on dressers that have hooks for necklaces and drawers for rings. There are trinket boxes that usually range in size from an egg to a coffee cup. These can be made of wood, metals, plastic and even box materials. The lids either left off or up or slide to one side and are often the most decorative part of the trinket box. These are a great collection starter for a child due to their size and cost.

Some people collect based on the material the jewelry box is made from or the decorations on the box whether it is carved wood or inlaid mother of pearl on the lid. Others collect based on the designer or manufacturer. A collection of any type can reflect your personality and provide you with pleasure and satisfaction.

Remember that little pink jewelry/music box with the ballerina that popped up and danced to a love song? I wonder how much mine would be worth in a collection or even more, what it would be worth to my granddaughter if she had it sitting on her dresser?