The Allure of Antique Jewelry      

Rachel G. HoffmanOne of my favorite ways to ring in a new year is by sporting a ‘new to me’ piece of jewelry that I can wear in the coming year. The allure of antique jewelry is a mysterious one. Is it the story the piece carries or the fact that this piece of jewelry has survived decades, or even centuries? That is one aspect I love about an antique piece of jewelry — it lasts. The quality is such that it has already stood the test of time and still looks amazing so we know it will survive another generation with ease.

If you are looking for something truly unique and special, I LOVE an Old Rose Cut diamond. Have you ever heard of them?

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They are one of the earliest cuts, and most popular during the 16th to 18th century in Europe. Resembling a rose and having a flat bottom with a faceted top, some cuts have as little as three facets and some can have as many as twenty-four. They have their own kind of sparkle.

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There is nothing quite like a Rose cut diamond and that’s why I love them. Many antique stores will have Rose Cut diamonds.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a bride-to-be, or a stylish woman in your life who loves wearing scarves, a sparkly brooch is a great option. They come in every price range and can be found in antique stores ranging from very early to midcentury styles. Garnets are very popular in antique styles and the rich deep red color goes with everything.

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Getting into jewelry can be daunting because there is so much to lookout for and understand. My advice when jewelry hunting for yourself or someone else is so look at it like I say to look at everything else and take away the fact that it’s antique. Do you love it? Does it speak to you? Does it look like the personality of the person you are giving it to? These are all important questions when buying jewelry and also make sure you are in a reputable store. Most good pieces will come with a GIA or comparable appraisal with them. Above all, make sure you enjoy your journey and WEAR your jewelry! It doesn’t want to stay locked up.

Jewelry Photos are compliments of RubyLane.com

To learn more about Rachel Hoffman’s Appraisal Practice, please visit www.rachelhoffmanandassociates.com

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