Discontinued Collectibles Guide

Collectible Jewellery

Collecting jewellery

If the idea of being able to wear your collectibles appeals to you then jewellery makes an excellent subject for a collection. Collectors often find that as their collection grows, space becomes a problem. Not so with jewellery; quite a substantial collection only needs a modest amount of space. That becomes even more of a consideration if your enthusiasm for collectables leads you down the path of becoming a dealer!

There is investment value in collecting jewellery that can well exceed that to be found in other items you might collect. Collect jewellery made from precious metals of a good level of purity and incorporating high quality gemstones and your collection is likely to appreciate in value over time.

Jewellery does not have to be of high intrinsic value to be collectable. Diamonds may be forever but they don’t have to be large and of the finest cut to be extremely attractive. Gold of a relatively low carat value can form a beautiful setting and it’s still gold.

Like all collectors, those who collect jewellery may be either generalist in their approach, being happy to add to their collection any piece that they find attractive, or more specialised. You may seek out the work of a particular craftsman or designer such as Dinny Hall, Boucheron or Georg Jensen or pieces from a particular period in history.

Jewellery has been adorning people almost since the dawn of time so there is plenty out there to choose from, whether by historical period or a particular maker. You may favour items of a particular genre, necklaces maybe or rings. Certain well- known ladies became famous for collecting rings, mainly engagement and wedding rings!

A branch of the jeweller’s art that has come to attract the attention of collectors is what is usually referred to as "Costume Jewellery" or sometimes as "Fashion Jewellery". Not to be dismissed as just a cheap imitation of "the real thing", costume jewellery may not been around quite as long as "real" jewellery but much of it bears the names of well respected designers and manufacturers. Cost can vary enormously according to quality and designer’s name but, in general, costume jewellery collectibles will put less strain on the collector’s pocket than those crafted from high carat gold and high grade precious stones.

Whether you choose to collect rings, brooches, necklaces, jewellery from a particular period, jewellery in general or even costume jewellery, the usual rule applies. Always buy the best quality you can afford, at the best price you can get of course! Jewellery design is subject to the vagaries of fashion but quality stands the test of time and is a large part of what makes an item collectable.

On each of the pages within this section dedicated to Jewellery collectibles we have included links to live and current online auctions dealing in each theme. In addition, where known, we have added details of collector clubs, forums and websites. We wish you every success in tracking down the missing pieces of your discontinued Jewellery collection and hope you will become a regular visitor to Accumulations. Remember it’s an ever-changing scene so it is always worth a return visit!

If you are interested in a specific type or genre of Jewellery collectible, click on one of the following links:-

BroochesCostume JewelleryVivienne Westwood

Please also check out the Jewellery Books, Related Dealers and Useful Resources listed on this page.

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