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Antique Jewelry - Where to Purchase These Unique Pieces

Aug 24, 2008
Antique jewelry is a unique type of accessory to add to one's collection. Whether one is an avid collector of these types of items or if they simply crave a piece from the past, antique jewelry or estate jewelry, as it is sometimes referred, is a nice addition to consider. There are a few different places from which one can acquire these objects and some may have better luck via one avenue than the other.

Estate Sales

Frequently estate sales will offer antique jewelry pieces to the public for a certain price. These types of sales tend to feature older, antique items such as furniture, clothing and jewelry. This is a great way to obtain a piece of jewelry which has been passed down throughout the generations and suddenly has no future family owner to go to.

This is where the lover of antique jewelry enters the picture and provides an appreciative home for the piece. One may also obtain a really good deal by purchasing estate jewelry in this manner as the seller is looking to relieve themselves of the property and empty out the home for one reason or another. Estate sales are often advertised in the local newspaper or by signs placed around one's town.

Auctions

Another alternative to consider when hoping to find a beautiful antique treasure is to take part in auctions. This can be accomplished either in person or online. Auctions often favor items of this type which have been handed down from generation to generation and one can often find unique items via this route.

Auctions which are held at physical locations and are well known by the antique buying public may present some competition and cost issues for individuals as the items may go for higher bids than one would want to spend. On the other hand, online auctions may offer a better deal for antique jewelry hunters as well as a better chance to obtain the desired object.

Antique Stores

Antique stores are another stop which one should make in their venture to obtain antique jewelry. Since these types of specialty stores deal exclusively with antique items they may offer a wide selection when it comes to antique jewelry options. The store may also present unique pieces to the public which they have a hard time finding elsewhere.

Jewelry Stores

Last but certainly not least, one may find the perfect piece of antique jewelry at their local jewelry store. Some stores will have a display case set up solely to display antique jewelry for sale. These types of stores as with the antique stores may also have a good collection of estate jewelry and one should certainly take a trip over to the store to see what type of items they may offer which fall into this genre.
About the Author
James Greene is a Graduate Gemologist and Master Gemologist Appraiser. James has been in the jewelry and appraisal business for over 25 years and specializes in Insurance and estate appraisals. http://www.diamondmarketwatch.com
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