“All that glitters is not gold” is a saying that is true among people and jewelry alike. When looking at jewelry many people consider buying fine pieces to be an investment. Sometimes, your purchases can pay off and other times you will be losing out. Any purchases of brand new jewelry are inevitably a loss on the investment scale. You will have to wait nearly 30 years for a new piece of jewelry to redeem its value. Included here are a few times when purchasing jewelry can be a wise investment.
When You See Vintage
The “vintage” movement has encompassed everything from classic diamond rings to ratty old 80’s couches. Vintage jewelry however, is quite likely to be a good investment. If you look for pieces from the 1920’s and 30’s in the art deco style you are more than likely to be making a good investment. These pieces often have linear designs that look modern and have retained their value for many years.
When You See the Names
Just like in any business, there are game-changing jewellers who made their brand big. Watch for engraved names on certain pieces of jewelry, like rings and earrings, to see a big investment. Prominent names from the 1920’s include: Van Cleef, Cartier, Boucheron, Tiffany and Arpels. These brands are highly sought-after and should produce a decent return when you go to sell.
Other names that it particularly big are John Donald, Andrew Grima, and Stuart Devlin. These men are renowned for their artist-made jewelry created in the 1960’s in the UK. The pieces embellished with these names are often more affordable than some of the big brands.
When You See Older Pearls
In the past, the creation of a pearl necklace was a complicated and painstaking endeavor. It would take years to compile one string while waiting for enough similarly sized pearls to be found. Affordable cultured pearls were not discovered until the 1920’s, so anything from before that era is worth a much larger amount.
When You Want To Wear It
Experts agree, excepting the most rare pieces of jewelry, that considering buying jewelry purely for investment purposes will not produce a significant return. The best plan is to apply the above ideas and then only purchase if you genuinely want to wear the item.
You may believe purchasing fashion jewelry is an easier route to take for your everyday use, however, fine jewelry is often the better option. Investing in fine jewelry for your accessory list will allow you to wear more attractive and longer-lasting jewelry accents. You also can develop a signature look with one classic piece you wear on a daily basis.