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Have you ever had a piece of jewellery and wondered how much it is worth? If so, you’re not alone. Most of us have gotten jewelry as a gift or inherited a piece of jewellery. You may not wear it much and might be afraid that it could get lost or stolen. There are a few things you should do right away. First and foremost, consider jewellery appraisal. We are right here in Vernon and perform many appraisals as part of our everyday workflow. You want to find out how much your ring, pendant, watch or earrings are worth so you can give them the proper care and wear them with confidence.

Jewellery Appraisals in Vernon

There are differences between costume jewellery and more expensive jewellery. Costume jewellery is usually made from less expensive materials and does not usually contain real gem stones. High quality jewellery is often made of gold, silver or platinum and contains actual gems, pearls or other stones. It is important to get jewellery appraisals in Vernon so you can find out whether your jewellery is of high quality. The jeweller will identify the metal material that is used in your piece. There are tests that can be done to determine the metal content. Gold jewellery can range in content. The more gold content the more the jewellery is worth. However, gold is a rather soft metal, especially when used alone. Therefore, some jewellery is made with a mixture of gold and other metals. Platinum is among the most expensive metals used in jewellery-making. It has a silver color and may be misidentified as sterling silver. However, an experienced jeweller will know the difference and will be able to provide accurate jewellery appraisals in Vernon.

Gemstones

Another important part of a piece of jewellery that can make it worth a lot of money is the use of gemstones. Diamonds are known as expensive gemstones. However, there are also many other gems that are valuable as well. Opals, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and many more types of stones can be worth quite a bit. The value of a gem is based on a variety of factors such as the size, weight and quality.

Some older gems are sought after and if you have one in a ring or pendant you may have a very expensive piece of jewellery. On the other hand, some fake stones such as cubic zirconium are popularly used in rings and other jewellery. These stones are man-made and are not worth much.

Once the jeweller provides you with jewellery appraisals in Vernon you should immediately make sure that you get the piece insured. That way if you lose the jewellery or it gets stolen, you can get the value of it from the insurance company.

 

Most jewellery looks great and you should wear it whenever possible. However, if you have a very expensive piece you may prefer keeping it locked up except for special occasions. That way it will be protected from harm. Additionally, once you get an appraisal you should let your family know so they won’t inadvertently get rid of the piece later.