Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Antique Jewelry

Antique jewelry is desired in part for its wonderful historical past. This type of accessory has been passed down from generation to generation in many cases and would have a world to tell if it was able to put its past into words. Not only do some antique jewelry lovers want to wear the piece of history on their person but they also enjoy researching its origin and finding out more about its historical background.

It is often said that they simply do not make things these days in the same durable, exquisite fashion as they did in the past decades and centuries. This applies to many different things yet can be said to apply to antique jewelry as well. The way in which these types of pieces were crafted not only presents a beautiful finished product but it is often one which will stand the test of time.

Antique wedding rings can be either real antique rings made in the past or custom made rings that model the style of rings made in the past. Either one is relatively easy to find on the internet or off. It's simply a matter of doing some research and double-checking to make sure that you're buying a real antique ring and not a remake.

Tip one, if you are looking on a website thoroughly read all that material before purchase so that you are clear on what they sell. It may also be a good idea to check with the better business bureau and see if there are any complaints about the marketer. This also holds true if you are shopping in a store or antique market for a ring.

Tip two; don't let a pushy seller talk you into something you aren't sure of before you are ready to make the purchase. They should always be willing to hold a ring or let you come back. This is your wedding ring and it's meant to yours for a long time so make sure you like the one you get.
Tip three, if it’s a real antique you may wish to have it appraised by an outside appraiser so you can see if you are getting a good deal or if you need to have it insured. Also check to see if a ring of this type comes with documentation. Documentation can be anything from an affidavit of the previous owners with preferably a picture of the ring being worn at sometime in the far past to previous appraisals of the ring. Follow these tips and keep a sharp eye out and you're sure to find some real gems.

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