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A Guide to Buying Your First Antique Jewellery

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We all love fine items that were hand-crafted many years ago, especially when talking about jewellery, and if you have decided to acquire a few choice items, here are a few tips on how to purchase fine antique jewellery.

• Carry Out Some Online Research – The Internet is a great resource for everything and if you spend an hour per day researching your favorite periods, you can learn a lot about antique and vintage jewellry. This will prove to be invaluable in the long run and as you build up your knowledge, you will be able to make informed decisions when thinking about making a purchase.

• Source an Established Local Antique Dealer – The online antique jewellers range would be extensive, covering all periods, with items to suit all tastes and budgets. Rather than buying from random dealers, you are advised to strike up a relationship with one trusted online dealer, who will be able to source any item you desire. If you know little about antiques, there is always the question of authenticity, which is why you should forge a working relationship with one online antique dealer.

• Set your Budget – Prior to even looking at jewellery, you should decide how far you are willing to go in your quest for any particular item, and if your antique dealer knows your budget, he can focus his efforts in the right areas. This will avoid situations where you overspend, and in some cases, might also save you some money. 

• Second Opinions – There are times when you are not sure about a particular piece, especially if you are a novice and in such a situation, it is wise to ask a professional for their considered opinion. If, for example, you have a working relationship with your local antique dealer and you see a nice necklace or bracelet while out and about, you can send an image to your expert, asking for their opinion.

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• Avoid Personal Sales – While the antique dealer will make a lot of purchases from private individuals, if you are a novice, this should be avoided, as there is always the risk of buying a fake item. You could get some information, take a few photos and send this to the dealer, asking for their opinion, which would ensure that you are not the victim of an unscrupulous dealer.

• Take your Time – One should never let one’s emotions take control when acquiring expensive antiques, rather you should contemplate the purchase. If you are not ready to make a decision, the item will still be there tomorrow.

There is always a risk of paying too much for an item, or worse, buying something that is not genuine, and by following the above advice, the risks of that happening are greatly reduced. The most important thing is to forge an alliance with a local antique dealer; one who focuses on jewellery, as he or she will be able to offer a lot of assistance and help to make sure that you make the right acquisitions.
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