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Hirsch has seen plenty of sold-for-cheap jew­ellery that turned out to be real di­a­monds or plat­inum. In gen­eral, fine jew­ellery will have a hall­mark (a stamp on the in­side of a ring or the clasp of a neck­lace that says, for in­stance, 18K, 18kt or 18ct for 18-carat gold), seem heav­ier than cos­tume-jew­ellery coun­ter­parts and fea­ture prongs to hold gems in place. But ‘even cos­tume jew­ellery can sell for R2 000 to R15 000 or more if it’s vin­tage,’ Hirsch says. If you’re un­sure, get it ap­praised.

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