4 Easy Steps in Valuing Old Jewelry

Jewelry is something we all love and only grows in value over time. When we look at older pieces, it can be hard to determine what the value of a piece actually is. Taking the time to follow these four steps can help you decide how much those older pieces you have are actually worth.

How To Find the Value of Jewelry

You first want to think about where you found your jewelry, where it came from, and if it is vintage, antique, or something else. If you have a piece that you got at a flea market, for example, you can look for the maker mark to see if it is a vintage brand. You can also look at the quality and the style of the piece as well to help with determining age.

The next thing you need to do is to examine the jewelry. You want to look at the craftsmanship of the pieces, how well they are made, what materials they are made with, how the gems are cut, and so on. Higher quality pieces are made going to be made of precious metals and are also going to be made very well.

You now want to do your research. You can look up makers marks on the jewelry, specific styles and designs, and so on. Taking the time to do your research will help with the next step, finding a buyer. You want to have as much research done as possible to truly get the value out of your pieces when you decide to sell.

How To Find the Value of a Ring

If you are dealing with a ring and are unsure about its value, you first want to check to see if there are any maker marks or any marks that tell you what metal it is made of. If you see a mark that says it is 14K or 925, you have gold or silver, respectively. If you have a ring with a clear mark that says what it is made of, it can make the ring more valuable and help you find out how much it is worth.

If you have rings that you are unsure about, you can always get them appraised for their value. Vintage jewelry and antique jewelry are not the same things. Both are valuable, but antique pieces may be worth more than vintage pieces. Taking the time to do your research can help you learn more about the pieces you have and the pieces you want.