“What is the difference between an antique jewel and a second-hand jewel?”
This is one of the most common questions we are asked.
Antique jewellery, what are its characteristics?
Antique jewellery, dating back to before the 1970s.
Antique jewellery is essentially older than second-hand jewellery. An old piece of jewellery is defined as being one that predates the 1970s.
Antique, unique jewellery.
Another characteristic of precious antique jewellery is its uniqueness. Thus, old jewellery and more particularly those dating back to the 1930s were handmade. Each piece was made to special order or created in small series by the craftsmen of the time. The gemstone cutting techniques were also an important point of uniqueness because each gem was hand-cut by hand and was, by essence, unique.
Antique jewellery, a heritage value.
Another interesting point is the heritage value of an old jewel. Indeed, these jewels tend to become rare. Thus a quality antique jewel will not lose value over time but may gain value. Choosing an antique piece of jewellery also means investing in a property that can be valued year after year, an investment that is quite comparable to an art or collector’s item.
Ancient jewellery, the transmission of a story.
Finally, we cannot talk about antique jewellery without talking about the history that goes with it. Whether it is the antique ring, the antique bracelet or the simple antique chain with its antique medallion, each antique jewel has its own history. Full of emotion, the old jewelry conveys the memories of generations and has a soul of its own. It bears the traces of these lived periods such as the patina or the old cut stones that give it an undeniable charm.
You will have understood it our heart leans in favour of the old jewel, its charm, its uniqueness and its historical imprint that we do not find on modern jewelry.
Second-hand jewellery is also very interesting.
If it were to be defined, second-hand jewellery would be a serial piece of jewellery, made in several thousand copies. The second-hand jewel is a jewel that can still be found in the windows of jewelry stores. The advantage of a used jewel is that it is possible to acquire a precious jewel with current lines and at a much more affordable price than a new one, so the price of a used diamond ring compared to a new diamond ring can vary by as much as twice as much!
A second-hand jewel proposed by a serious house will be restored in new condition. Often not worn much, these jewels usually require a simple polishing, a check of the stones and settings and sometimes a rhodium plating for used rings.
Sold with invoice and certificate, a second-hand gold jewel will have the same guarantees as a new one.
You have understood it old jewel and used jewel have nothing in common. And the two are not incompatible!