Tips when Shopping for Antique Jewelry

Antique jewelry is defined as being at least 100 years old. Many people desire the unique and classic looks that antique jewelry offers, but they do not know how to go about the process of obtaining such pieces. However, there are ways to ensure that you are able to get the quality pieces you want in the proper price range without being cheated.


Do Your Research

You have to know what you are buying before you buy it. This means taking the time to thoroughly research the piece(s) of jewelry you are looking to buy. An uninformed consumer can easily be taken advantage of, so knowing all you can about your intended purchase(s) can help spare you the trouble of being mistreated as a customer. You need to ensure that you know about the distinctive features of your piece(s) as well as the general price point that the piece(s) usually go for. When seller sees that you know what you are talking about, they will take you more seriously and treat you respectably.

Higher Price Doesn’t Always Equal Better Quality

It is a huge misconception that a higher price automatically means a better quality product. Don’t just go for the most expensive piece(s) of costume jewelry that you see. Take the time to shop around a bit and compare the quality of the jewelry you are getting to the price you are paying. Some of the best pieces of jewelry come from thrift stores, discount stores, and antique shops. Estate sales are also great modes of obtaining quality pieces of antique jewelry for a decent price.

Thoroughly Check the Items Before Buying

What a frustrating feeling it is to spend your hard earned money on a product only to find out that it is damaged or that it doesn’t quite live up to your expectations. As the customer, you have the right to look before you buy. In other words, there is nothing wrong with making sure you are satisfied with what you are buying before you buy it.  Assess the quality of the piece(s) you are considering buying. Look for tarnish and broken pieces. Assess luster and weight as well. All of these elements combine to create good quality pieces. It is also important to look for the mark on a piece. An authentic antique generally has the artist’s mark somewhere on it (i.e. initials or insignia).


People frequently miss out on deals because they are afraid to test the waters just a bit. No one is saying that you should request a price so low that it insults the seller. However, if you know the general price range your piece(s) fall in, you can at least attempt to negotiate a better price. It doesn’t hurt to try.

The tips above will help to make the process of antique shopping a little easier and allow you to obtain the piece(s) you want for a reasonable price.