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Antique Jewelry

Antique Jewelry is often referred to as Vintage Jewelry, this is the kind of jewelry that dates back a few dozens of years, or in some cases even hundreds of years, it is clear that the older the jewelry is the chances of it being worth more increases, this is not only due to the age, but also due to the techniques and craftsmanship that was practiced in the past.

Even today jewelry is considered to be a thing of wonder, each piece of antique jewelry is regarded as unusual, and unique, in many cases a real one of a kind. Antique jewelry is precious and rare and is often used to make someone feel very unique and special.

Today the market for antique jewelry is actually very large, from the corner shop to auction houses and internet sites, one must take care to get all of your investmentís worth. Many people out there are ready and willing to take advantage of a personís naivety. Dealing with the amount of money required to invest in antique jewelry needs a bit of finesse. Anyone who is interested din getting into the antiques market must be willing to do some research and learn about the pieces he is interested in.

When purchasing a piece of antique jewelry you should be well informed and practiced in checking the jewelry to make sure that it is authentic and worth whatever price the seller is asking for. The seams of antique jewelry often say a lot about the condition of a piece. In fact, the very existence of a seam can tell you that the piece may have had a previous life. It is often the case that jewelers will cut a piece of jewelry out of an antique dress or other old accessories in order to make them easier to sell.

If you are done looking at the back, then you should check out the front for any missing stones. Buy one of those special magnifying glasses used to examine jewelry in order to spot small flaws in any repairs done in the jewelry.

You should also check out the overall design and style of the antique jewelry as this will give you a clue as to how old a piece actually is. This, of course, can give you an estimated value of the jewelry.

Of course, once you have found a piece of antique jewelry worth buying, you need to take good care of it. You need to regularly clean your jewelry and to keep it in a case where you can avoid the effects of weathering. Antique jewelry can be very delicate, so if you do not know the proper way to clean it, then have a professional do it for you.

Submitted by:

Simon Oldmann

Collecting Antique Jewelry is a passion many know too well. If you want to know more about collecting and dealing with Antique Jewelry visit the Antiques Pages at http://antiques.zupatips.com




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