Tuesday, 12 September 2017

How To Tell If You’re Buying Authentic Antique Jewellery Online*

If you love to buy antique jewellery, you already know how thrilling the hunt can be, especially online. But, it can be hard distinguishing genuine antique jewellery from a reproduction. Below, we discuss a few points you should know before you shop for and buy a so-called antique piece only to discover it is a clever reproduction.

How to Tell if the Antique Jeweller Is Authentic

Being able to identify the findings attached to the jewellery for function instead of design can be a good way to determine the age of a piece. But, keep in mind that the findings may have been altered at a later date. Some good examples of findings include catches, clasps, and hinges. During the Victorian era, pieces sported tube hinges and later a more streamlined design was introduced.

Colours, Metals, and Workmanship

The metals and colours also changed in style through the years. For instance, the Art Deco period sported bright primary colours, but during the Victorian era, colours were more subdued. Being able to identify the cut of the stone as well as the type of stone in a piece on antique jewellery can help in dating an item, too. For example, modern brilliant cut diamonds were only introduced in the early 20th century. See what Kalmar Antiques in Sydney, Australia have on offer as they have an extensive range of antique and vintage jewellery.

As for metal, pot metal, aluminium, copper, and platinum became popular during the 20th century. For instance, white gold, even though it was first introduced at the turn of the 1900s, it was not widely circulated until around 1920 when it became a cheaper alternative to platinum.

During Victorian times, great emphasis was placed on the beauty and workmanship of a piece of jewellery as opposed to the quality of the materials. For example, pinchbeck, which is an alloy of copper and zinc, was considered a respectable alternative to gold during the Victorian era, and can often be found in the more affordable range of antique jewellery on the market. Check the antique dealer’s contact information so you can reach them and find out more about the pieces you like.

Weight and Registration Marks

Feeling the weight of a piece of jewellery can certainly help to identify its age, but if you are buying the item online, you should ask the seller for the weight of the piece. A brooch from Victorian times can appear much heavier than one that has been recently reproduced. Also check to see if the piece is handmade, the product of a mould, and whether or not jewels are glued on it.

For a truly accurate time frame, you need to see a registration mark. Also, attempt to find an image of the item to compare to the one you are looking at online.

Of course, some of these points are a little trickier to check if you are buying a piece of antique jewellery online, but if the piece is not as described when you get it, then you should be entitled to a full refund. Don’t forget to check the seller’s credentials and ask plenty of questions before making a purchase.

*This article is published in partnership of Mediabuzzer


  1. Great tips! I'm in the process of buying real jewelry from now on <3


    1. I'm so glad you found this useful! Hope you manage to get your hands on some gorgeous items x

  2. Such a helpful post! Definitely bookmarking this x
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    1. Thanks so much! I am so glad you found this useful x

  3. wow so informative! thank you xx



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