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Like any jew­ellery, pe­riod pieces dis­play vary­ing lev­els of qual­ity. Some met­al­work be­comes too worn down af­ter ex­ten­sive age­ing—and not all vin­tage pieces were made with ex­cep­tional qual­ity stan­dards. So how can you en­sure that you’ll get the best piece when you make a pe­riod pur­chase?

“In­ter­na­tional auc­tion houses pos­sess not only the ex­per­tise but also a global sourc­ing net­work, which means ac­cess to ex­tra­or­di­nary pieces. And in­ter­na­tional auc­tions of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of styles, pe­ri­ods and brands,” ad­vises Quek. “They also of­fer an abun­dance of in­for­ma­tion on the pieces such as cer­tifi­cates of the stones, cat­a­logu­ing and con­di­tion re­ports, as well as ex­perts on hand to give ad­vice.”

If you’re up for a bit of trav­el­ling to find your gems, jew­ellery fairs can be a great source as well. The Hong Kong Jew­ellery & Gem Fair, the Paris Bi­en­nale, Mas­ter­piece Lon­don, and Art Basel in Hong Kong and Mi­ami Beach are ideal places to visit. War­ren says, “If you find a valu­able gem­stone that you would like to buy, make sure it comes with a lab­o­ra­tory cer­tifi­cate from an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised com­pany—such as GIA for di­a­monds, and SSEF and Gü­be­lin for coloured stones and pearls.”

Re­pairs, too, play an im­por­tant part in the de­ter­min­ing the qual­ity of a pe­riod jewel. A few mi­nor re­pairs are nat­u­rally nec­es­sary for any piece of a cer­tain age. But a jewel should be as close to orig­i­nal con­di­tion as pos­si­ble. A jew­ellery ex­pert will be able to help you judge how many up­dates a gem has un­der­gone. But, as War­ren says, “If it has an out­stand­ing prove­nance, once be­longed to roy­alty or a fa­mous per­son­al­ity, you have all the in­gre­di­ents to­gether for a per­fect piece of vin­tage or pe­riod jew­ellery.”

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