Antiques are valuable in so many ways. We find antiques to be precious not just because they are expensive because of the originality and authenticity they carry, but they are valuable because we receive them from our ancestors as family heirlooms which involve a lot of emotions and sentiments attached to it. Hence, antiques carry both emotional and economical values which cannot be ignored. When there is a need, these antiques can help us a great deal. Therefore, it is necessary to get them valued from an expert from time to time. The value of the antiques is determined as per the current market value. Certain factors, such as, the age and condition of the antiques, the elements used in making them and so on also play a major role in determining the value of the antiques. Also make sure that, if you have antique jewellery pieces, they are certified and hallmarked as these things determine the authenticity and originality of the antiques which can further enhance the value of the jewellery. In order to get your antique jewellery evaluated, you can take it to the person expert in services, such as, jewellery valuations and so on.
In this article we shall be looking at some of the tips which you can follow to get your antiques evaluated, not just jewellery but other items which are highly important to you. There are companies or organisations who are into onsite and online valuations of various items. Prestige Valuations is one such company which only helps you in antique valuations, but other similar services, such as, valuation of watches and jewellery, jewellery remodelling and restoration processes and so on. Some of the services are provided in both online and offline modes. Since, antiques have their own charm and also hold a substantial connection to the past, therefore, they have always captivated collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Let us now have a look at some of the tips which you can follow to value your antiques.
Do a Proper Research and Keep Documentation Handy
Before you get your antiques valued, do proper research and gather all the important information. It is important to do a thorough research and try to understand the history of the item, its origin and provenance. Some of the sources which can help you in this journey are books, online resources, such as databases, museum catalogues and so on. Apart from that, try to document other important information, such as, inscriptions, marks, signatures and so on, in order to get some important clues about the history and maker of the object. You can either go for an online antique valuation process, or choose the offline mode.
Find Out the Age and History of the Antique
The age of the antique has a major role to play in the valuation process. The older the item, the more value it comes with. Apart from that it also comes with a tangible connection with history. Therefore, you need to understand the historical context of the object in order to get it valued from the valuer. For instance, if you have preserved an object from the Renaissance period, then the object will be highly valuable as compared to the similar object or the replica of the object created in the later period, as the cultural significance and the craftsmanship of the Renaissance period holds more significance than that of the later period.
Check the Authenticity of the Object
The authenticity of the antique object is highly important. The originality and authenticity of the object has a major role to play in determining the value of the object. For instance, if you are going for a watch valuation process and the watch is an antique one but you do not have any proof regarding its originality and authenticity, the value of the watch may become less than the original value and it may be a great loss to you. Therefore, take the help of experts and specialities, documents having proof of the owner and history of the item, provenance and so on to determine the authenticity of the object.
These are some of the tips which you can follow before evaluating the antique pieces. Apart from that condition of the object, elements and materials used in making the object, its craftsmanship and the designer or the brand it belongs to also play a major role in valuing the antiques. When it comes to antique jewellery, you can always consult the jewellery valuers who are experts in this field.