When discussing older jewellery there are terms that are often used and should be defined. What is the difference between antique, heirloom or period jewellery? What are collectibles?
When appraising antique jewellery it is important that the appraiser circa date the piece. Circa dating means that the appraiser estimates the date that the piece was produced. The appraiser can then identify the piece as belonging to a specific period. How does an appraiser know this?
Gemstones and jewellery have been important in many books and many movies. Everyone loves to see the sparkle of a diamond on a beautiful woman. The thought of having wealth, including expensive jewels, is very attractive. In the movies of Alfred Hitchcock gemstones and jewellery are often central to the plot.