With costume jewelry , it doesn’t have to be made of gold to be valuable . Antique and vintage costume jewelry can be super desirable on the secondhand market. We’ve sold single pieces of costume jewelry with no gold content for hundreds of dollars.
Use a magnifying glass to search for marks inside the piece. If it’s made from gold, platinum or silver, it will have a stamp. The material the vintage jewelry is made from can make literally thousands of dollars of difference in its value . The cut of the gems can also point to specific eras.
Trifari. Many Trifari pieces were also designed to look like more valuable fine jewelry . Trifari crown pins and Jelly Belly animal brooches are highly collectible pieces today that were created by designer Alfred Philippe.
To be considered an antique , a piece of jewelry must be 100 years or older, while vintage jewelry must be more than 20 years old to be classified as such. “Retro” jewelry refers to pieces made during the 1940s and ’50s and are characterized by the use of large and colorful gemstones.
Common platinum hallmarks include 950, PLATINUM, PLAT. Common silver hallmarks include 925, Silver, 800, Sterling. There are so many different hallmarks, but the fact that your jewelry has a hallmark at all is usually a good sign. Some valuable fine jewelry hallmarks include Tiffany & Co, Cartier, Tacori.
A cameo is a material that is carved with a raised relief that often depicts a profile of a face or a mythical scene. Cameos are commonly made out of shell, coral, stone, lava, or glass. These carvings are set in either gold or silver. These are not hand-carved and are not worth a lot of money .
Older rhinestones are made of glass or crystal, not plastic. If you gently tap it on a hard surface and it doesn’t clink, it’s not that old. The setting looks vintage . The setting should have patina and be quality work, not something machine-made quickly.
Vintage jewelry is any piece that is less than 100 years old , but is generally greater than 50 years old .
How to Appraise Jewelry Yourself at Home Look for stamps: The stamps, or markings that indicate the metal content and the manufacturer or designer, are the best hint as to your jewelry’s true value. Test the metal: Gold reacts a certain way to specific tests, and if you have a piece that’s yellow in color you’ll want to try this out.
Knowing where and how to sell it could be a lucrative endeavor. Yard and Garage Sales. Selling Costume Jewelry Online. Art and Craft Fairs. Auctions, Antique Dealers and Wholesalers. Vintage Boutiques and Salons. Classified Ads Online or in Print. Flea Markets and Antique Malls.
Tips for Purchasing Vintage Costume Jewelry Look for signatures to verify authenticity. Extremely worn plating, missing stones, missing parts, darkened or cloudy rhinestones, clasps that don’t work properly, and chipped or scratched enamel all lower the value of a vintage piece.
Often, you may hear vintage jewelry referred to as “costume jewelry.” This usually refers to pieces that make a big style statement, and are not made of real gold and/or precious stones .
Antique and vintage jewellery is worth more than the sum of its parts because each piece is unique and it cannot be duplicated using modern production methods. Generally speaking, antique and vintage jewellery costs less than new jewellery and yet it’s worth more! It’s like buying a car.
Cartier Juste un Clou Bracelets At the top of the list, Cartier’s iconic Juste un Clou bracelets are the best jewelry investment that well-informed buyers can make right now. They’re extremely in demand and hold approximately 106% of their value.
Every diamond and fine jewelry purchase at Kay’s Fine Jewelry (above $1000) comes with a certified lab appraisal for insurance and evaluation purposes. This appraisal is not conducted by KFJ. Jewelry pieces purchased for less than $1000 are accompanied by a detailed In-store appraisal with full listings.