5 Tips For Collecting Heritage Jewellery, According To A Certified Gemologist
From now until December 3, Van Cleef & Arpels’ is celebrating the expansion of its Peninsula Hotel boutique by bringing in a third of its entire Heritage Collection—close to 80 pieces—to Hong Kong. What’s special about this series is that many of the pieces come from a distinct period in history or have a great provenance. Better yet, they are all available for sale.
Highlights include a gorgeous pair of Mystery-set bracelets, one in emeralds and the other one in Burmese sapphires, that were created in 1936, for Jessie Woolworth Donnahue, a known jewellery collector and the aunt of Barbara Hutton, the heiress who inherited the Woolworth fortune.
Other interesting finds include a bowknot brooch from 1945 set with diamonds and rubies, a series of whimsical animal brooches, from an emerald-eyed owl to a golden tiger. There are coral and turquoise necklaces and bracelets from the ’70s, as well as a maharajah-inspired set with rubies and diamonds.
Nicholas Luchsinger, a certified gemologist at Van Cleef & Arpels who heads up the team in charge of procuring the pieces for the collection, shares five important tips for would-be collectors:
1/5 Buy with your heart
If you are a beginner in collecting jewellery, you are bound to make mistakes, but always remember that each piece is valuable and an important part of history.
2/5 Always buy signed pieces from reputable boutiques
Be careful and always get a certificate of authenticity. There are so many copies out there and the stones may have been replaced with ones of lesser quality.
3/5 Build a collection out of specific time periods
When you are starting off, it is easier for you to familiarise with one period before moving to the next.
4/5 Find signature pieces from the brand
Try to find signature pieces from the brand you are collecting pieces of, for example for Van Cleef & Arpels, it would be zip necklaces, mystery-set pieces, ballerinas, animal brooches.
5/5 Protect the past
Remember that by investing in the past, you protect the value of the piece today and in the future.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Heritage collection will be on display at the jeweller’s boutique at The Peninsula, from November 24 to December 3, 2017.