Estate jewelry describes any piece of previously owned jewelry, whether very old or fairly new. Shopping for estate jewelry can lead to finding great investment pieces at a lower price; however, those who shop for pre-owned jewelry also run the risk of ending up with a piece worth much less than their investment.
Here are a few tips to consider when buying estate diamond earrings:
Know Your Dealer
It pays to know that you’re buying your estate earrings from a reliable source. Ask around and make sure your dealer is honest and knows their stuff. If buying online, be sure to investigate whether the dealer seems legitimate by reading customer reviews and visiting their social media pages.
Additional reading: How to Recognize a Reputable Estate Jewelry Dealer.
Familiarize Yourself with the 4 C’s
The 4 C’s are the criteria used to define a diamond’s worth: clarity, cut, color and carat. Familiarizing yourself with these elements and how to recognize diamonds that are considered higher value can really help when shopping for estate jewelry. Although not every flaw is visible to the naked eye, it’s important to be able to recognize chips in either the diamonds or the metal.
Ask for Certification
Regardless of whether you are shopping online or in a jewelry store, it always pays to ask if there is certification available for any diamonds you are considering purchasing. Certified diamonds have been evaluated at a laboratory and scored based on each of the 4 C’s, taking most of the guesswork out of the equation. If certification isn’t available, ask about any appraisal documentation. This will give the diamonds’ monetary value if they have been looked at by a private appraiser in the past.
Look for Jeweler’s Marks
Pieces of jewelry made with true precious metals are often marked to show the type of metal used and how pure that metal is. Check earrings for these markings both to ensure the metal’s authenticity and to determine the earrings’ value.
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