How to tell if your jewelry is valuable
As we just briefly discussed there is no set monetary value on a piece of jewelry. No matter what kind of jewelry it is (fine, vintage, estate, etc.) if it is of any value to a potential buyer the price point will vary. That being said, there are a few different ways for you to tell if the piece you have is valuable.
Check for marks
If you have some old jewelry lying around and you’re dying to know if it’s worth some extra spending money, the first thing you can do is pull it out and check for hallmarks. There are several types of hallmarks but the most common type is the one that shows the metal contents of the piece. This indicates which type of metal the piece is made out of. Other types of hallmarks specify the origin, designer, and or manufacture of the piece.
Hallmarks will tell you if the piece of jewelry you have is real or not. Most, if not all, fine jewelry should have some sort of hallmark on it. If your piece does have a hallmark on it, then it should be a valuable piece and it should be worth some money. Determining the exact amount it’s worth will come in the next step.
Get the piece appraised
Sometimes it’s not enough to know that you have something that’s valuable, you also want to know how much you’re going to get for it. Whether you know your piece is of value or not you can take it to an appraiser. A professional will be able to tell you if the piece you have is worth money, and if it is, how much money you’re likely to get for it if you choose to sell it.
Take it to a local jeweler
Another great way to tell if your jewelry is valuable is to take it to your local jeweler (Raymond Lee Jewelers if you’re in Florida). Your local jeweler, if they’re really good, should be able to tell you if your piece is worth something and they should be able to have it appraised so they can tell you approximately how much it’s worth.
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