The flow of wealth can be traced by following the lavish path of jewels through history. Today, jewelry remains a secure investment if you know how and where to buy.
Premium jewelry retailers tag new pieces with a hefty 100 percent mark up. In comparison, established resellers of fine jewelry offer a modest mark up from 10 to 20 percent. Buying new guarantees immaculate condition and personalized design, but it can take three to five decades to regain the original sales value. If wanting to diversify your assets, invest in cherished pieces from a reputable reseller specializing in vintage luxury jewelry.
As a rule, the rarity of the piece and value of the components determine worth. Large (over 6 carats), or colored stones are considered safe stores of equity. Rings and earrings adapt easily to evolving style, whereas brooches and pins often appear dated. Designer or limited edition pieces from Cartier, Van Cleef, Boucheron, Tiffany, Christian Dior or Arpels make solid choices, as do 1960-era, artist-made jewelry from Andrew Grima, John Donald and Stewart Devlin.
Choose based on character and design. Distinct style periods in jewelry design, such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Georgian, Edwardian and Belle Epoque remain relevant, and easily complement current fashion trends. More elaborate Victorian era pieces were the first to be mass-produced, and as a result are not as rare or valuable.
Look for pieces that spark an emotional response—imagine laying eyes on a bewitching 30-carat emerald cut aquamarine, centrally mounted in a spray of diamonds. The color is pure winter sky, just breaking into spring…
When buying jewelry that holds value over time, make choices based on workmanship, designer cachet, and overall worth. Above all, purchase pieces that you absolutely adore! Be sure to consult Braswell and Son—your trusted reseller of fine, pre-owned, vintage luxury jewelry. Their Gemological Institute of America trained staff and on-site graduate gemologist verifies each piece for authenticity, curates a premium inventory, and offers a generous satisfaction guarantee. Count on a brilliant investment every time with Braswell and Son.