Yes, jewellery can be a fantastic investment! The excitement of wearing beautifully crafted precious stones and metals, while potentially reaping financial benefits, has captivated many over the centuries. And high-quality pieces made of materials like diamonds and other precious gemstones, and precious metals like gold and platinum are a great investment choice. While investing in reputable and desirable brands can also help you to increase your investment over time.
In this article, we'll dive into the world of jewellery investment to learn the facts and give an explanation of whether jewellery is a viable asset for you to buy.
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Among all of the common investments people make, jewellery has always been an exciting and intriguing one. It's generally a good and safe investment as the raw materials will increase in monetary value over time while each piece can function as an heirloom that is handed down through generations so the sentimental value will increase too.
Jewellery has the allure of aesthetic beauty and has the potential for financial gain over time. And it is often an emotional purchase as jewellery is commonly bought as a gift on a special or significant occasion. But there are some important factors that you should consider when investing in a piece of jewellery.
It’s important to remember that, as with any investment, there are risks and factors to consider when buying jewellery as an investment. We advise doing thorough research into the materials and designers you're considering investing in before making a purchase so that you fully understand elements like authenticity and potential market changes. We recommend that you seek expert advice before you make any significant purchases, similar to how you would have a survey done on a house before buying it. We'd also strongly advise you to store valuable investment jewellery in a secure location.
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1. Types of jewellery you can invest in
Fine jewellery pieces crafted from precious metals and gemstones are a 'sure thing' when it comes to investing. Precious metals such as platinum and gold are always increasing in price so they bring stability as the market trends up year on year.
Sterling silver jewellery
Although sterling silver doesn't come with the same price tag as metals like gold and platinum, it can still be a fantastic investment. Silver also has an appreciation in value over time, so investing in sterling silver pieces can be a great place to start when embarking on your investment journey.
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Gemstones like diamonds, sapphires and natural saltwater pearls can make for alluring investment. You'll need a large budget when investing in gemstones, particularly if you're interested in the best quality and rarity. Gemstones have an innate beauty and come with prestige which make a timeless choice for people looking to build a jewellery portfolio with maximum investment potential.
Jewellery from a specific designer
If you invest in a designer who gains a fantastic reputation over time, this can significantly increase the success of your investment. Buying from known and already reputable designers will ensure a good investment, but we think it's exiting to keep an eye on new designers entering the industry. Making an early investment when someone is less known can be a fantastic way of supporting new designers, and can give you more return on your investment if they 'make it big'. Either way, investing in pieces from reputable designers will increase the potential for appreciation over time and enhance how collectable and desirable the jewellery is.
Vintage jewellery, is seen as timeless and elegant and comes with it's own intrigue and unique character. Vintage pieces from the Art Deco era hold a special place in the hearts of collectors and investors, while rare and historic items come with their own significance, making them a fantastic investment due to their rarity.
The tradition of passing down fine jewellery within families has been practiced for generations and this has helped to give jewellery it's historical, cultural and sentimental significance. As we touched on earlier, quality and authenticity is of upmost importance when you're considering investing in heirloom jewellery.
Often the quality of a piece of jewellery can be checked by reading the hallmark on an item to see the fineness of metal. When it comes to gemstones, this can be a more difficult process and you should seek the advice of a professional before making an investment.
The quality of a piece will ensure you can be confident in your investment. Not only will the raw materials increase in value over time, the item will also last you longer if you intend on wearing it, and it will be easier to clean or get cleaned professionally without damage.
If something is rare it's always seen as more desirable, and it works the same with jewellery. From rare vintage pieces made by a specific designer to the rarity and uniqueness of a gemstone, all these factors contribute to the piece’s desirability, which will impact the potential of your investment. Again, research is key here, so you know exactly what you're buying and just how rare it is.
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4. Maintenance Cost
When you're shopping for jewellery as an investment, don’t forget to consider the cost of safeguarding and caring for your assets. There are many factors to consider, from jewellery insurance that covers loss, theft, and damage to jewellery storage and care. Doing this research and factoring in some additional budget to cover these expenses will help you to rest easy knowing that your jewellery is fully protected and remains in its best condition.
5. Value Over Time
Many things will impact the value of your investments. All jewellery made of quality materials will hold intrinsic value over time. Precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum have been used as investment items throughout history and will continue to be used in this way long into the future. The item's rarity will also impact the value of your items over time, as will the way you look after them.
A factor which many people overlook when it comes to investing in jewellery, is the sentimental value. We believe that one of the most important factors in jewellery is its story and history, and the journey it creates in your family. When investing in quality beautiful jewellery from a designer you love and admire, you can be sure that its sentimental value will sky rocket over the years you own and care for it.
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