The Appeal of Vintage and Antique Jewellery

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Posted on: 22 March 2016 by James Brockbank

Ignoring the fact that many purchase antique and vintage jewellery items as financial investments, knowing that older pieces are more likely to return a financial gain, the appeal of opting to purchase vintage and antique jewellery over modern and contemporary jewellery items can be described as three fold.

Ignoring the fact that many purchase antique and vintage jewellery items as financial investments, knowing that older pieces are more likely to return a financial gain, the appeal of opting to purchase vintage and antique jewellery over modern and contemporary jewellery items can be described as three fold.

1.     Price Tag

One of the least romantic but most influential and determining factors in shopping for jewellery is the price tag. Whilst most of us would love nothing more than to simply shop according to our heart’s desire, jewellery being a genuine investment and with some price tags rolling into the millions, setting a budget and sticking to it matters.

Fortunately, purchasing a stunning and genuine jewellery piece, or even a sizable diamond for that matter, is not out of the question for those with a smaller budget to blow – provided you opt to ‘go antique’; despite the fact that so many antique diamonds which were beautifully hand cut have been now ‘re-cut’ according to modern techniques to meet demand and which has only caused the price of surviving old cut diamonds to rise, antique diamonds are still considerably less expensive than modern diamonds. 

What is more, it is further possible to save money when buying antique jewellery pieces by shopping online instead of on the high street. Just be careful and sure to shop via a reputable and genuine antique jewellery store, such as Laurelle Antique Jewellery, as buying online can otherwise prove a costly mistake.

2.     Romance

Whether to buy new or even have custom made jewellery created vs. buying antique and vintage jewellery divides many a bride, and many more people besides. For some there is no alternative to a never before worn jewellery item, and that is fine; modern jewellery having been created by ultra modern techniques and current diamond cutting and polishing methods (which you can learn more about via this PDF published via the official Gemiological Institute of America website) can be exquisite and produces some of the most brilliant and dazzling jewellery to have ever been created.

That said, what modern and contemporary jewellery lacks for many is the romance belonging to a genuine antique or vintage item. Even the act of searching and shopping for the perfect antique or vintage item is to take a trip through history and open one’s self up to the stories, lore, fashions and epochs of times gone by. Hence, for many it is not just the unique and awe-inspiring examples of jewellery that have survived over a century or more that makes an antique jewellery item so special, but what each individual example symbolises, the lives they have been a part of and the memories they have created and absorbed that make antique and vintage items not just the best, but the only choice when purchasing jewellery.

3.     Style

Whilst it is entirely possible to purchase contemporarily made jewellery items which bear design informed and / or influenced by previous periods or eras, or even which closely replicate earlier examples, suffice to say they are not the real thing. That is, the metals, materials and stones used to create contemporary jewellery may well be genuine, but the item will not of course be a genuine antique or example of the jewellery of the period it has been created to emulate.

Further, the techniques used to create a modern piece differ so much from the techniques used to create actual antique and vintage jewellery items that it is usually obvious and can make a piece bearing an older style but without the age to justify it look gaudy or tacky – even when inlaid with a sizable stone or cast in a precious metal.

Hence, if when shopping for jewellery you are drawn to an antique era or enjoy the wistful motifs often used to make Victorian pieces or bold statement colours and geometric designs championed during the vintage Art Deco period, it is advisable to hold out for that perfect, unique and genuine article rather than plump for a mass produced or modern replica that almost always fail to live up to reality or dazzle by comparison.

To learn more about the all important ‘do’s and don’ts of Jewellery Investing, the Money Wise website currently features an article of the same name which proves both an informative and interesting read.

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