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What is my jewellery worth?

Knowing what your jewellery is composed of can give a better indication of what your item is worth. Lets learn how to determine if your item is gold, silver or platinum in this article.

Real jewellery, particularly made of white gold, silver, or platinum, can be quite difficult to distinguish, But there are still some home tests and examinations you can do.
We recommend coming into the studio so we can better help you with this, and our independent valuer can further help with a NCJV certification if you require.

But as we always say at the Diamond Tree Studio, financial value is one thing, but the memories are stories associated with your jewellery are priceless.

Gemstone Evaluation :
Gemstones add allure and value to fine jewellery. When assessing gemstones, consider the “Four Cs”: colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight. Colour refers to the hue and intensity of the gemstone, while clarity denotes the presence or absence of inclusions or flaws. The cut determines how well the stone reflects light, and carat weight measures its size. These factors, along with the gemstone type, determine its rarity and value.

Expert Certification and Appraisal :
Obtaining a professional certification and appraisal is crucial for accurately determining the value of fine jewellery. Certified gemmologists and appraisers have the expertise to assess the quality, origin, and value of gemstones and precious metals. They can provide a detailed report that includes information on the piece’s characteristics, such as colour, clarity, cut, and market value. Such documentation is essential for insurance purposes, estate planning, or when selling or buying fine jewellery. Check the section for valuation in the menu for more information about how we can help you to obtain an officially recognised valuation certificate for your items.

Brand Reputation and Designer Pieces :
The reputation and history of the brand or designer can significantly influence the value of fine jewellery. Established brands often command higher prices due to their craftsmanship, quality materials, and brand equity. Additionally, pieces crafted by renowned designers or featuring unique designs may carry a premium value due to their artistic and collector’s appeal.

Craftsmanship and Artistry :
The level of craftsmanship and artistry employed in creating fine jewellery can greatly impact its value. Attention to detail, precision in setting gemstones, and intricate designs are all hallmarks of exceptional craftsmanship. Examine the piece closely, looking for signs of expert workmanship, such as clean and secure prongs, smooth finishes, and symmetry in design. The skill and time invested in creating a piece contribute to its value and desirability.

Market Demand and Trends :
The market demand for specific types of fine jewellery can influence its value. Fashion trends, cultural preferences, and shifts in consumer taste can affect the desirability and price of certain pieces. Staying informed about current market trends and seeking guidance from reputable jewellers or industry experts can help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of fine jewellery values.

Conclusion :
Identifying fine jewellery and understanding its value requires a combination of knowledge, careful evaluation, and expert guidance. By assessing materials, examining gemstone quality, seeking professional certifications, considering brand reputation and craftsmanship, and staying informed about market trends, you can make informed decisions when purchasing, valuing, or selling fine jewellery.

Remember, the true value of fine jewellery lies not only in its monetary worth but also in the emotional connection and beauty it brings to your life.

What does that stamp mean?

A crucial step in identifying fine jewellery is examining the materials used. Precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum are commonly employed in high-quality pieces. Look for hallmark stamps that indicate the purity of the metal, such as “18K” or “925” for sterling silver. These marks authenticate the piece’s material and can provide valuable insights into its value.

Some other methods to identify your jewellery.

Perform A Scratch Test

A scratch test is one of the most common methods for determining whether an item in one’s possession is made of gold, silver, or platinum. Purchase an acid scratch test kit to accomplish this. However, this is not a suggested test for someone who is not trained to do it as it might cause damage to the object and result in a loss of hundreds or thousands of dollars, at the studio we can perform a scratch test without damaging your jewellery 🙂

Use a magnet

This is a wonderful method to identify if the item you’re holding is valuable or if it’s just regular refined iron. Silver, platinum, and gold, for example, are not magnetic. If you bring a magnet close to the item and the magnet attracts it, it is a dead giveaway that does not include real silver, gold, or platinum. However, it is crucial to note that the jewellery buckle (the closing mechanism) could be magnetic. This does not imply that the item is fake.

Its reaction to a magnet could be meaningless since some non-magnetic metals are employed in counterfeit and imitation objects. So be aware that a magnet on its own should not be relayed upon. It is recommended that you have the item tested by a trustworthy specialist.

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