COL­LECT­ING TIPS

Hong Kong Tatler - - How To Buy -

Choose qual­ity over quan­tity and de­cide whether you are go­ing for the cal­i­bre of the stones or the de­sign.

Un­der­stand how the qual­ity and price of stones and jew­ellery in­ter­act with one another. Be­fore a sale, view the items you are in­ter­ested in thor­oughly, and al­ways ask for a con­di­tion re­port and the opin­ion of a spe­cial­ist. Make sure you un­der­stand all of the costs in­volved when buy­ing at auc­tion, in­clud­ing the buyer’s pre­mium and lo­cal taxes, and do not over­pay un­less you ab­so­lutely love the gem or jewel.

Buy to wear and feel good, not to put in a safe. Go for pieces that suit your life­style and bud­get.

Don’t ig­nore your gut feel­ing when mak­ing de­ci­sions and don’t be ner­vous—a good auc­tion­eer will guide you through the lots seam­lessly.

Un­der­stand how the qual­ity and price of stones and jew­ellery in­ter­act with one another. Be­fore a sale, view the items you are in­ter­ested in thor­oughly, and al­ways ask for a con­di­tion re­port and the opin­ion of a spe­cial­ist.

There are vast amounts of in­for­ma­tion on­line, but be se­lec­tive about the web­sites you trust. Do your home­work, but re­mem­ber that it is not nec­es­sar­ily about how much re­search you do, but about feel­ing com­fort­able mak­ing the decision re­gard­ing what to buy and how much to pay.

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