Antique Jewellery: Why Buy Vintage?

You can ask pretty much anybody, and they’ll know that antique jewellery is a great thing to have. But if you ask why? Well, they might struggle to truly share and understand the value and uniqueness that antique jewellery holds.

So why should you buy vintage jewellery? Is it really better than buying new? We could go on for days about the benefits of antique jewellery, but for now, here are 5 benefits to consider:

1. Antique jewellery is affordable

While rare and precious antique rings, such as those previously owned by celebrities or various royal families, tend to fetch quite the pretty penny at auctions, there are many affordable pieces of treasure to be found.

In many instances, buying antique costs considerably less than buying new and has the added bonus of the piece actually increasing in value over time. Checking out the estate jewellery selection at your local jewellery store is a great place to start.

2. An ethical, sustainable choice

Many of us are aware of the ethical dilemmas in purchasing engagement or wedding rings, specifically those that contain diamonds. This has led to the trend of “alternative” engagement rings which are becoming more and more popular, including buying vintage.

Buying vintage diamonds can be considered an ethical choice because the majority of vintage and antique rings pre-date the use of diamond mining. It’s also a sustainable purchase, as no new resources are required to mine, produce or transport the ring.

Overall, purchasing a vintage wedding or engagement ring is a great option for those committed to making an ethical and environmentally-responsible choice.

3. A connection to history

As romantic as family heirlooms are, not everyone is fortunate enough to receive one. Buying a vintage piece of jewellery is another way to connect yourself to the incredible history of this world we live in.

Whatever the connection may be, wearing a piece of vintage jewelry is like a little thread that ties you to the past. It’s entirely up to you what meaning you make of it.

4. Truly unique

Antique or vintage pieces are made in such a distinct manner and style that allow you to truly stand out from the crowd. There are highly skilled details incorporated into many of the pieces, such as hand-engraving, not to mention they didn’t have the same ability to mass manufacture pieces as we can today. As such, you’re not likely to come across someone else with that same piece.

Plus, there are so many amazing periods, designs and styles to choose from that whether you’re a romantic or modernist or something in-between, you’re sure to find a style you love.

5. Timeless fashion

Keeping up with the latest trends is fun, but when it comes to investment pieces, there’s something to be said for a timeless choice. Yes, modern trends do reference historical designs quite often, but a true vintage piece will always have a different look and feel to its modern counterparts. A classic piece from any era can stand the test of time.

Are you still unsure whether you possess a vintage piece of jewellery or you’re looking to purchase some but don’t know where to start? Visit J.H. Young in Brantford and we’ll help you find the piece that is right for you.