Antique jewellery is unique, precious and highly sought after. There are a lot of stunning silver antique jewellery pieces to be found. Nevertheless you need to ensure that you go to a credible antique silver dealer and that the jewellery you buy is authentic. To do this you can easily search online in order to form an idea of whether the dealer has a high reputation or not.
However, the best way to guarantee you do not get ripped off is to know your stuff regarding antique jewellery. The same goes when buying any collectors items, whether you’ve been browsing an online stamp catalogue or you have an old painting you want valued. This blog post will provide you with some tips on how to tell if antique silver jewellery is genuine so that next time you go into an antique dealer you know what you are looking for.
The first thing you should become acquainted with is the type of fasteners which were used in antique jewellery. The best way to ensure that you decipher whether the silver jewellery in question is authentic or not is to know which fasteners are not antique. For instance, the following type of fasteners were all developed in the 1900s or afterwards; lever back earrings, double pin stem clips, riveted hinges on pin steams, fold over latches, clip back earrings, tongue in groove clasps and post and clutch earrings. If you notice any of these in jewellery in an antique dealers then the chances are it is not genuine.
The second thing you should notice is the craftsmanship of the jewellery. However, this is very different from looking for the type of fastener and so is undoubtedly something which is hard to quantify. Jewellery before the 1900s was extremely well crafted, every little detail was inch perfect, every section of the piece was as stunning and ornate as the rest, and the surface was smooth. You should look for impeccable craftsmanship, nevertheless when buying such a valued piece of jewellery you would probably be looking for this anyway. But remember, with antique jewellery you are unlikely to find something where the front is beautifully crafted and adorned but the back is plain, so bare that in mind.
Finally, it is important to know a bit about gems. Remember antique gems will not be cut in the way they are today, in fact up until the mid 1800’s they were all cut individually by hand. The following gems are ones which were popular pre 1900; rose cut gems, old mine cut diamonds and cabochon stones. Another point worth mentioning is that the mineral marcasite was most commonly pasted onto silver, it is distinct looking and should be easy to identify.
If you take the time to learn what has been written in this article regarding authentic antique jewellery and even delve into the area a little more if you have time, then you will be much better armed when you go into the antique silver dealer, and you will feel assured in the knowledge that you are buying a genuine antique piece.