It’s possible to build a truly remarkable vintage jewellery collection, but time and dedication are needed. No one can compile a personal treasure chest of articles, genuinely loved and admired ones, without putting in the labor it surges from. This labor, of course, is not ordinary. It’s one that’s rich in the experiential rewards of travel, chats with local characters, and the gaining of a deeper appreciation for international or regional history. Who knew that vintage or estate jewellery could summon so much more than just the gleam of fabulous baubles?
Jewellery lovers, of course, know this much. The most exceptional pieces are often bought and gifted at special moments — engagements, anniversaries, graduations, milestone birthdays, in sum, all the once-in-a-lifetime occasions that leave behind a mark in one’s life.
Now, gleaming tokens are known the world over for the pretty bundle they can cost. And that’s why becoming a real connoisseur of gems and precious metallurgy comes in more than a little handy. The acquaintanceship enables one to become discerning enough, when presented with a vast array of new or vintage rings, for example, to unearth from old-school vitrines the great treasures overlooked by others’ carelessness, ignorance, or disinterest. But for those who know, building a jewellery collection to treasure for generations often begins at the antique shop.