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Is your jewelry box filled with items passed down from family, and perhaps with pieces you no longer wear? Whether you’re a collector or inheritor, the items in your jewelry box can be a treasure trove of surprises. Jewel-encrusted items we think may be extremely valuable can be worth only a few dollars; while something like a simple chain may be worth thousands.

If you’ve ever scored a great deal for a shiny bauble at a flea market or found a lost ring, you probably know that feeling of excitement and curiosity. While the sentimental value of jewelry is priceless- how can you determine if that sparkly ring in your hand is a precious treasure, or a cheap trinket?

Once an item has been purchased the value is appraised by the amount and quality of precious metals/gemstones regardless of age up to a point. Age only becomes an important aspect of value if an item is either rare or in demand which could increase the value at auction. Who made the item can also increase the value of any Jewellery if it’s a sought after maker such as Faberge.

In theory modern, high quality rare jewellery could command a higher price than a poor quality common vintage or antique jewellery.

The monetary value of jewelry is all over the place. Things we might think are so valuable can be worth mere dollars, and others that look like a simple chain are worth thousands. If you've ever picked up a piece of jewelry off the ground or scored an incredible looking gem at a garage sale, you probably know that feeling of excitement wondering whether or not your sparkly jewel is worth anything. There are a few things you can check for before you fork over money and bring your buried treasure to a jewelry appraiser.


One of the first things you can do when you acquire a new piece of jewelry is to look for hallmarks. One hallmark will generally tell us the metal content of a piece, and the other (if there is another) will tell us either the country of origin, designer, or manufacturer. These markings are usually located on the clasp of a necklace, the inside of a ring or bracelet, or the post of an earring. Unless the item is over 100 years old or the hallmark has worn off, all fine jewelry should have some type of hallmark.

These markings are usually located on the inside of a ring or bracelet, the post of an earring, or on the clasp of a necklace. If the piece is stamped, it will generally list the metal content of a piece, such as the gold karat purity. And if there are other markings present, may show a designer’s signature, manufacturer logo, or the country of origin. Unless the hallmarks have worn off from years of wear, all fine jewelry should have some type of stamp.

Common gold hallmarks include 22K, 18K, 14K, 10K. Common silver hallmarks include 925, Silver, 800, Sterling. There are so many different hallmarks, but the fact that your jewelry has a hallmark at all is usually a good sign.


Any of these hallmarks should be appraised for authenticity. Common costume jewelry hallmarks include. These hallmarks indicate your jewelry is a piece of costume jewelry and is not very valuable.

Tip: If your item looks antique and it doesn't have a hallmark, get the item appraised. If your item looks new but does not have any hallmarks at all, your item is likely just costume jewelry.


This is especially important when you are assessing chains and bangles. Generally gold and silver are heavier metals than their fake counterparts like brass and pewter. If you find a thicker gold chain that feels much lighter than a similar gold chain you have, the chain is likely fake or hollow gold.

Fake chains feel fake. Solid gold jewelry is very smooth, heavy and consistent throughout. For instance, if you have a gold colored chain that has a darker color or even a silvery color showing through on parts that see heavy wear, this is likely a gold plated chain and not very valuable. When solid gold or platinum jewelry wears down, the part showing through should still be the same color. This is not the case for white gold.

Tip: When determining the value of chains, the longer and heavier your gold or platinum jewelry is, generally the more valuable it is. Check the items weight


Some higher quality costume jewelry uses prongs just like in fine jewelry, but a lot of the stones are glued into place. If you have a cameo brooch that looks like it is glued into the setting with no prongs holding it in, this is likely costume jewelry and not valuable. Fine jewelry will be well crafted, with each stone set in an intricate bezel or prong setting, pearls being one of the only exceptions.

Tip: Vintage costume jewelry that has a lot of brilliant stones all set with prongs can be very valuable. These pieces can sometimes be as valuable as pieces of fine jewelry. It is important to be sure the piece is vintage, in good shape, and has a lot of brightly colored clean stones all set with prongs.

That question actually is very multifaceted because particular types of vintage jewelry can be extremely valuable others are junk . It also depends on the market you trying to sell in. There are many synonyms for collectible jewelry and while a number of the terms overlap somewhat, they do mean specific things to professionals, collectors, and authorities who specialize in the field. Understanding these jewelry terms may help you in representing jewelry appropriately when selling or educating yourself as a collector who frequently shops for collectible pieces.


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