Tricks to Find Quality Costume Jewellery
Searching for antique engagement rings is like a hobby for many people, but new buyers often don’t know where to shop for authentic pieces. The draw of vintage jewellery is that each piece is typically one-of-a-kind, and more people are seeking out costume pieces to complement old trends re-emerging in modern fashion. Here are some tricks to help you find costume and vintage jewellery.
Auctions and Bidding
Auctions, or estate sales as they are sometimes called, offer you the chance to view some vintage engagement rings and bid on them. If you’re going to attend an auction, try and research the dealers so you have an idea of their reputation. If the estate sale is held by a law firm, for example, try and research the firm’s reputation. Sometimes, estates will hire an auction company to liquidate too.
The main concept to keep in mind is knowledge is power at an auction. Estate jewellery can be quite valuable, so don’t be afraid to ask for professional guidance if you’re considering buying a piece of considerable value.
Ask a Jeweller
Cynthia Findlay Antiques, which specializes in both custom jewellery and authentic vintage pieces, can act as a resource to find dealers in your area. They may even help you create a custom piece based on something you saw and either didn’t have the chance to buy, or wasn’t worth much in the first place. Gemologists and jewllers often know where you may be able to locate auctions, find private sellers or identify pieces you find on your own.