Jewellery is the ultimate accessory. It can take even the most plain outfit and turn it into something much more spectacular. You probably have accumulated a lot of jewellery over the years, but do you know how much any of it is worth? A lot of the time you may have picked something up at a sale or online without thinking about how much it could actually be worth if you ever wanted to sell. If you are short on money or even just if you are curious, it might be a good idea to try and inspect your piece to find out if you have been sitting on top of a goldmine for all these years.
Although of course the monetary value of your jewels aren’t the most important thing, you can still find out what you have in your collection so that if you ever do get into a situation where you need that extra cash, you know what you can sell.
If you want to check the value of your piece of jewellery, the first thing you will want to look out for is that there is a hallmark on the metal. A hallmark is a way that the manufacturer proves the metal is a precious one. It can also tell you what country the piece was made in and at what point in time. Some will even have a special marking from the designer themself as a way of signing off their work. Some of the most common hallmarks you may have seen or heard of before are these:
Gold – 18K,14K,10K,375,585,750.
Platinum – PLAT,PLATINUM,950.
Silver – 925, 800, SILVER
There will also be designer hallmarks such as tiffany & co which may appear on your piece which will indicate that it has value.
If your item does not have a hallmark but is an antique, you may want to get a jewellery valuation to see if it is worth anything. However if there is no hallmark, the item is likely to just be costume jewellery.
If you are trying to find the value of a chain or a bracelet the weight can be a great indication of the value of the item. Gold and silver are both heavy metals so they should weigh a fair amount. If you have a gold chain which feels lighter than than others you have then it could be a brass chain and not gold at all. If you ever see any change in colour throughout your gold chain such as elements of darkness of silver, then you know that the piece is fake. Gold as a metal does not react with anything so the piece should be consistent throughout. It may be the case that you have a gold plated piece rather than sold gold.
Finally, valuable jewellery will have prongs holding the jewel in place, not glue. If you see that your piece has glue holding the gem down, it is is likely to be costume jewellery.
*This is a contributed post