Buying Antique Crystal Jewelry

Antique crystal jewelry can be rare and very valuable, especially if the jewelry contains high-grade high-quality diamonds.  Antique crystal jewelry signifies innocence, romance and reverence and it is becoming one of the most popular choices for wedding rings these days.  The antique crystal jewelry is not popular just as wedding rings it is popular jewelry in general.

If you are considering the purchase of a piece of antique crystal jewelry look for something that is over 100 years old.  You want a piece of jewelry that originates from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Georgian or Art Deco period.  These jewelry pieces are typically detailed and ornate.  Often the authentic antique crystal jewelry (and some reproductions) are inlaid with gold, platinum, titanium and silver.  They personify character and history and this is what sets the antique jewelry apart from the modern designs.

There are some things you need to consider before you actually purchase a piece of antique crystal jewelry.

When purchasing your antique crystal jewelry remember the 4Cs.  The 4Cs are carat (this refers to the diamond weight), clarity (this measures the purity of the stone), cut (this determines the brilliance of the stone), and color (this gauges a diamond’s whiteness).

Before you pay for the jewelry make sure it is appraised professionally.  This assures you that all the gems are authentic.  You will also learn if the jewelry has been repaired or if it will need repair because the stone has some cracks or chips.  If the jewelry is going to need repair, get an estimate of the estimated cost before proceeding with the purchase.

Buy your antique crystal jewelry from a reputable jeweler or jewelry store.  This way you will be able to get any services needed if the jewelry ever needs repair.

Make sure you closely examine and inspect the condition of the antique crystal jewelry.  Inspect the prongs holding the stones in the ring or earrings or bracelets.

Do some research on antique crystal jewelry so you will have some idea and information to determine how to find authentic antique crystal jewelry.

Be sure to keep everything written down concerning the antique crystal jewelry such as the receipt, appraisal and certifications.

Look for a photograph with a hallmark or written and signed interpretation to know when the antique crystal jewelry was authenticated.  If it is possible, get a certificate from Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to ensure the authenticity of your antique crystal jewelry.

Ascertain if the stone is a genuine stone or if it is a cubic zirconia or some other type of synthetic stone.

There are some designs and gemstones that people think are unlucky.  If you do not worry about these myths and are not concerned that a stone may be unlucky you might want to consider these antique crystal jewelry stones.  They may be less expensive than the other more popular stones.