How to Tell if Your Old Jewellery is Worth Anything

Perhaps your jewellery box is filled with heirlooms you’ve never worn, or maybe you are just considering downsizing your collection, either way it can be hard to know where to start or whether your jewellery is actually worth anything. 

Luckily, with The Vintage Jeweller getting your pieces valued couldn’t be easier. If you are looking to Sell Your Jewellery we’ll simply need a photo of the item you wish to sell, and as much detail as you’re able to provide is also incredibly useful. 

What to look for – there are a few tell-tale signs of valuable jewellery, look for these when assessing the quality of your pieces and to self-determine if you think they may have any value/

Stamps and Hallmarks – on the inside of most rings or bracelets, on the post of an earring, and the clasp of a necklace, you will usually find markings that are an indication of the piece’s value. These  markings usually indicate the metal content of a piece, such as the gold carat purity. Other markings could be the designer’s signature, manufacturer logo or country of origin. 

All fine jewellery should have a stamp, or hallmark, however if the piece is aged it may have worn off after years of wear. Antique pieces may also never have had a stamp, so are certainly worth being appraised. If you think your jewellery is of antique origin please contact us for a valuation. 

Examples of common stamps include: 

  • Gold: 22K, 18K, 14K, 10K, 916, 750, 585, 375.
  • Platinum: 950, 900, PLATINUM, PLAT.
  • Silver: 925, 800, silver, sterling.

The Material – a large part of the value of a piece of jewellery has to do with the material it is made with, and the value of that material is determined by the content and the weight, more so than the design. For example, most pieces of costume jewellery will have little to no value in regards to their materials, but may wield some subjective value in their age and maker. 

Generally, gold and silver chains and bangles will be heavier if they are made from genuine material. Imitation pieces will usually be crafted from non-precious metals, such as brass and copper, that are then coated in gold or silver. The heavier the jewellery, usually the higher the value. 

The Gems – examining the gems in your jewellery can help to determine both the age and value of the piece. Older diamond cuts can be less symmetrical and defined. Look for stones with a good transparency and strong, bright colours. 

It is also worth looking at how the gems are set – fine jewellery is well crafted, with gems that are properly held in place with prongs, bezels and other mountings. 

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