Antiques & Vintage Jewelry Research
What Exactly Do We Do???
What types of research do we do you ask? Well, it's really easy to answer! Prior to us putting anything out on the floor such as a Victorian item, a vintage item, a rhinestone piece of jewelry, a dresser, a pattern of depression glass...honestly anything and everything that walks in our door, we research if we don't already know about it.
This means every piece of jewelry that you see in our store from rhinestones to diamonds we do our best to find out who it was made by if it has a maker's mark, its characteristics or just by the item itself.
We have pieces of jewelry, curiosities, etc. of Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco or vintage from 5 years ago for example that we have been holding onto because we haven't found it in any of our secondary research sources.
We are not one who takes an item, say a nice rhinestone necklace and because it has a nice sparkle to it, put a high price on it and put it in the case without knowing what it's all about. We want to know what era, if not the year it was made, what designer it was made by if not marked, and what the history is! This also helps us with a fair market assessment.
We do this for a few different reasons. Not only to help with a fair market assessment, we want to know everything that we can about every item because we love history and second we want to be able to pass down what we know about each item to you, the new lover of that item. We care enough and take our time doing this for both ourselves and you!
Like we stated earlier, their are pieces that we've held onto because we haven't been able to find anything on it. We revisit the piece(s) and our secondary sources often to see if we can find anything at a later date and most times we do! This is the best part! Finally finding out what the history is on a special piece and it feels good to know! And, their are times that we put a piece back and revisit it at a later date as we haven't been able to find anything yet.
For our items that are gold, silver and gems, we do testing for gold and silver content and at what level to ensure I have the correct information. Gem stones such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, etc. we do take to our jeweler to get the color, clarity, cut and carat weight. If any work needs to be done to any piece of jewelry that we feel is worth saving, we have it repaired , if possible. It is important enough to us to save the piece for the beauty and historical value.
All of this takes time and this is what makes us different! We care enough to do this and we know that each person we talk to about the item loves to hear about the it as much as we love to share!