This blog is for curators of collections of fine jewellery and for anyone who enjoys finding unique and rare fine jewels; be it antique, estate, vintage jewellery or modern magnificent stones and designs. From a collector, investor or stylist point of view, these are the best pieces that I have found that are for sale in auctions and antique shops around the world. Ultimately it is for everyone who shares this passion.
is always fun; the thrill of finding unique items is unbeatable.
is also a good investment, as the right group of items put together is worth
more than each one separately. Another great advantage of collecting jewels is
that one gets to WEAR them!
than putting our friends and family through the ordeal of having to admire the
latest acquisition... Furthermore one’s selection of pieces is exclusive and
personal making it a valuable reflection of our personality and taste for
site is for everyone who shares this passion.
1.CHOOSE A THEME: In Jewellery, when a piece is well executed and
has beautiful stones we tend to like everything. To add value to our collection
it is important to follow a thread, so that it also tells a story. It is better
to begin with a small scope but very consistent. For example, if we decide to
go for one period, let’s say Art Deco, first get a ring, a brooch and a pair of
earrings, then a bracelet, a pendant and as a final piece, a sautoir. Another
approach could be to collect the same type of piece over the different periods
of history; like a selection of rings ranging from Victorian to contemporary.
2.TRAIN YOUR EYE: Before you start buying, we need to learn to differentiate the
basics, one way to appreciate the value of one piece is by comparison. Only
after having observed and touched many jewels is when we start realising the
small details that make the difference. Exhibitions are where the finest
examples can be found and they are key to set up the reference but those jewels
are rarely possible to buy so we need to go to the marketplace, visit antique
fairs, auction exhibitions and shops.
3.FOCUS ON CRAFTSMANSHIP AND DESIGN: Impeccable execution is
always key. Regardless of the stones, a piece that is not finely crafted will
always be second tier and will not have a lot of value. Check as carefully the
back of the piece as the front, look for flaws and for signs of repair. A jewel
that needs to be fixed is not a good idea, it may not be possible or become too
4.VALUE RARITY AND HISTORY: This will be a lot more important at a
later stage in the collection. At the beginning it is not recommended to make a
large investment and it should not be needed since there are many suitable
pieces that can be added without having to look for rare and valuable ones.
5.LEARN ABOUT STONES: When the stones are small, most of the value
of the antique lies in the piece itself: the design, execution, period etc.
However if the stones are important they can represent a large percentage of
the price; in this case, it is a must to obtain a certificate stating the exact
quality and characteristics of the stones.
6.GO TO THE AUCTIONS: Going to auctions is very important in order
to learn in the beginning. It is recommended to do some dry runs as exercise
before actually bidding. Going to an exhibition, study the catalogue, select a
few pieces and then compare the price we would have paid with the one realised
can bring a lot of surprises. Always remember to check the condition report
before putting a bid!.
7.TRUST THE EXPERT: These are very special purchases and the
antique dealer plays a very important role. It is much better to select a few
of them to get to know them well and to trust them. It will be more expensive
than auctions or internet but until we get confident on our expertise it could
8. WEAR THEM: Go simple, stick to the one piece rule!.