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The Advantages to Buying Estate Jewellery from a Dealer

When you’re shopping for estate jewellery, you have to choose where you buy from. If you live near any major city, or even a large suburb, you can probably find an estate sale in your area. There are also dealers, such as Cynthia Findlay Antiques, who offer pieces that are verified and for sale online. Buying from a dealer tends to have certain stigmas, such as price or reputation, that allow people to talk themselves out of a beautiful piece.

Buying antique engagement rings from a dealer carries several advantages. Here are the two biggest ones.

Learning the History

Vintage engagement rings carry history with them. They are pieces that have survived sometimes for an entire century or longer, and they typically carry a story with them. Although not as elaborate as pieces in a museum, you can learn about the jeweler who created the piece and the family that owned it. You might even learn some fun facts about its previous owners, and a little bit about why it’s a valuable piece. When you buy from a department store, you’re in essence starting the history of that piece. When you buy from an antique dealer, you’re buying into the history of something, which is an interesting concept for today’s collector.

Verifying the Quality

You’ve heard of the four C’s, but antique dealers will take sales a step further to provide more detailed evidence of a piece’s quality. Identifying the gemstones, the metalwork, and sometimes even the insignia all have significance when assessing the value of a ring. When you buy from an estate sale, you have to trust your own eye. If you’re great with antiques, then you might find a bargain. However, a dealer’s appraisal means you can get your ring insured for value.

The Endlessly Enticing Catalogues of Antique and Vintage Jewellery

The most convenient way of purchasing the wonderfully unique jewellery you’re hankering after is by going online to find glorious estate jewellery that’s been organized and catalogued for you. Why go through the arduous (and sometimes backbreaking) task of rummaging through bin after promising dusty bin of vintage items when you can skip it altogether and still land beautiful and affordable jewellery? Without so much as putting one foot out your door you have the opportunity to view excellent pieces from the most reputable dealers in the business.

What’s more, online sellers often give you the option of going through their collection while filtering for specific items. If you’re only interested in buying emerald or ruby antique rings, why go through a tantalizing but still inordinately distracting array of pearl and diamond jewellery when it’s not absolutely necessary. Unless you want to see all that is available, you can opt to save a lot of time by being selective in what you view as well as in what you ultimately choose to buy.

Vintage jewellery is a fantastic option for shoppers of all stripes. Jewellery pieces with history offer the wearer the possibility of being timelessly elegant; making singular and bold fashion statements; and even of being “on trend” because vintage and antique versions of just about any current style can be found. If you’re new to vintage and antique shopping, take the plunge now; it’s not something you’re likely to regret. On the contrary, shopping for these kinds of items is known to bring great joy and rewards to those it engages. It’s a hobby to pursue on your own and with friends.

The Proper Care of Antique Jewellery

Shopping for antique and vintage jewellery is fun, especially when you find one-of-a-kind investment pieces. However, antique jewellery is extremely fragile, which is why it is important to learn how to store and preserve these rare treasures in your home.  The following is a brief guide on the proper care of antique and vintage jewellery.

Store jewels individually. Diamonds and other gems have a tendency to scratch each other when stored together. Make sure to store your diamond vintage rings separately. This is also true for other gems as well as pearls.

Clean jewels regularly. To restore the shine of your jewelry, you will need to clean them regularly. Regular cleanings will remove oils, soap, and dirt. Ask your jeweller on specific cleaning instructions depending on the type of gem. For example, pearl, opal, coral and ruminate should never be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaning machine.

Provide yearly check-ups. It is important to take your antique, vintage, and Art Deco rings to the jeweller once a year. The jeweller will inspect the jewellery for loose stones or worn claws. All loose stones can be tightened and worn claws can be repaired.

Follow the rules when wearing jewellery. If you plan to wear your vintage jewellery, make sure to put on perfume, makeup, and hair sprays before you put on your jewellery. All of these substances can damage gemstones. After each wearing, clean your jewellery with a soft cloth. Don’t wear antique pieces with gold chains or other items that will touch them. Also, don’t wear your jewellery while participating in activities such as sports, lifting weights, and housework.

Rare and Beautiful Vintage Jewellery

Blog submitted by Cynthia Findlay Antiques, a seller of fine estate and vintage jewellery.

Good vintage rings and other types of estate jewellery are known to keep their value for the long haul. And it’s not just that estate jewellery tends to be a very stable investment, there is also the added advantage of the wonderful bevy of styles it comes in — without exception you can find something to love. Antique or vintage rings, bracelets, and necklaces present an incredible array of gem choices, arrangements, and special period styles.

If you chance upon a piece that you admire and that holds real value, knowing that it’s capable of weathering the whims of fashion well is more than a reassurance. The fact of the matter is that good quality never goes out of style. What’s more, the value of quality vintage jewellery tends to accumulate securely because pieces possess inherent value and the number of their exemplars diminishes over time — the rarer a beautiful item is, the more desirable it becomes.

Vintage Jewellery: Let the Statement Piece Do the Talking

It doesn’t get more iconic than vintage jewellery, and we know just the place where you can find the perfect splurge-worthy statement piece: Cynthia Findlay Antiques.  Cynthia is a master of the vintage jewellery industry, and knows a stunning vintage piece when she sees it. She’s made a living of collecting some of the most beautiful vintage and estate jewellery on the market, ranging from vintage rings, necklaces, and earrings, to home décor and dining pieces, making her one of the most trusted and well respected leaders in the industry.

The look is breathtaking, flaunted by the world’s most beloved actresses including the most popular, Elizabeth Taylor. Vintage jewellery has always been in style. And today, it has become modern luxury, pushing purchases beyond brand and store to focus on the product: something Cynthia knows all too well.

A 5th generation entrepreneur, Cynthia owns a company built around her keen eye for quality antiques and jewellery. She even provides her discerning clientele with a host of personalized concierge services, including personal shopping services. Whether you’re a collector or simply looking for a special gift for that special someone, Cynthia is sure to have the statement piece you want.

Everything about Cynthia’s collection is wonderful: the quality, the selection, and the customer service. Most importantly, each item comes with a modest sense of luxury, each piece is rare. If you enjoy indulging in rare antique and estate jewellery, visit Cynthia Findlay Antiques. The 6,000 square foot store is located in Toronto, Canada and attracts designers, international customers and celebrities.