May 31, 2017
Jewellery adornments that are exceptionally old are viewed as antique. They are of elite quality and give the wearer an exquisite look. They are by and large overwhelming and encrusted with valuable stones. They are likewise called vintage Jewellery.
What is so unique about them?
Antique Jewellery frequently has some verifiable significance. Since these designs are not broadly utilized any longer, they are all the more valuable. These decorations are the most valuable belonging of the ladies who possess them. Some modern ladies are partial to the ethnic designer pieces. Be that as it may, antique pieces are as yet unique and special to them. They feel glad to have at least one antique Jewellery in their Jewellery box.
These gems are likewise suitable for gifting because they will catch everyone’s eye among other gift pieces due to their uniqueness. The individual to whom you give such an adornment will welcome the way that you have discovered something that is truly uncommon.
Antique wedding rings have a charm of their own! When you consider antique gems, you tend to think about the kind of thing that turns up on the Antique Road Show, the Faberge gems that are worth in thousand of pounds. Obviously, the lion’s share of vintage pieces is significantly more unobtrusive and moderate. I began in antique fairs a few years back, and jewelry was constantly prominent, regardless of whether rings, clasps, or necklaces or arm ornaments.
Antique Jewellery is regularly characterized as being 100 years of age or more, though vintage is frequently characterized as more seasoned pieces made after the Retro Modern time of the 1940s and up to and including the 1980s. It is a wide field, and frequently the terms are tradable.
To be sure, for those of you on a financial plan, pre-possessed, or pre-cherished gems as the traders want to call it, is an awesome other option to purchasing new adornments. I found that vintage Jewellery is better and appealing, particularly since, with the rising cost of gold and different valuable metals, the more potentially harmed pieces are currently dissolved down for their piece metal esteem, leaving the better pieces in place. The prospect of owning an exceptional wedding band or wedding band that is vintage or pre-adored is something that can be considered as regularly these rings will be less expensive than the advanced proportional yet similarly as great quality if not better. I imagine that it’s decent to maybe ponder the previous history of a vintage piece and conjecture on the history behind it!
There are a few different ways that your vintage adornments can end up plainly harmed; these are heat, light, and dampness.
Dampness can be a standout amongst the most harmful elements for any Jewellery, as it can damage metal. Keep your valuable things in a territory that is free from dampness, and abstain from wearing sensitive things to areas like the swimming pool, bathroom or beach so as to keep them in top condition.
Furthermore, be smart when cleaning your gems, as things that are not completely dry before being put back away can experience the ill effects of dampness. Take after your Jewellery dealer’s cleaning directions precisely to ensure this is done effectively and that no harm is brought about.
Antique & Art Restoration
May 31, 2017
There are no college or university courses in Australia, that teach you my kind of antique & art restoration. Restoration is not rocket science, it is all lateral thinking and pure common sense, knowing what raw materials are available in the marketplace, and knowing how to use them wisely. Anyone can glue two broken pieces together, the most difficult part is the cosmetics, where, if applied correctly, you cannot, or can barely see the repair.
In most cases, (except in structural adhesion, where strength, and in the case of larger pieces, safety is of importance) cosmetic restoration is reversible. This allows for the easy removal, and improvement of the surface when new and superior materials are introduced into the market place decades in the future. Sources have told me that museums have problems trying to rectify restoration work that was carried out more than a hundred years ago, at that time, the restorers did not know that the glues they used, would break down, change colour, or stain the surface of an object.
Buying Antiques at Auction
Christian McCann Auctions
For the purpose of restoration and re-sell – purchasing from local auctions houses can provide a great source of antiques from places such as deceased estate auctions.
Come visit the auction room at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond, Victoria, 3121.
(underneath the Burnley St Bridge)
Over the years, I have seen many collectors and investors, spend decades putting a collection together, only to be disappointed when the time came to sell. Sometimes it can take even longer to dispose of collection simply because it is just not good enough. Dealers, collectors, and auction houses will pick the eye teeth out of you collection, leaving you with the ugly molars that are difficult to sell. Collecting in itself, is an art form, it takes skill, and is no different from any other form of investment, most people I am sorry to say are hoarders and do not know how to collect. I have tried to simplify the process by giving you some basic guidelines. Remember, that collecting is like a beauty contest, you try to acquire the most perfect specimen, or the epitome of that particular kind of object.
When collecting antiques, whether it be pocket watches, or old master paintings, there are only five grades you should look out for, they are as follows, Beauty. Beauty overrides antiquity, if an object is two thousand years old and ugly, you will have difficulties trying to sell it, if it is fifty years old and beautiful, it will walk out the door all by itself. Rarity. It could be one of a kind, or the workmanship is of a rare quality, a rare material, a rare size, etc. Authenticity. Genuine, not made to deceive. Condition. Most old Asian and tribal art has suffered damage of some kind due to neglect, insects, or exposure to weather, my personal view is, that losses in sculpture is quite acceptable, and can even make a statue look more dramatic, but only as long as the face is fairly intact. Provenance. History of an object, who owned it before you, when was it collected? is there a photo of it shown in an old book, was it collected by a famous explorer, or institution? etc. If an object has a good provenance, it’s value can increase tremendously.
It may sound simple enough, but to find all five attributes is like coming up with the winning numbers of lotto. I personally like to keep grades four and five, maybe even some grade threes, the other lesser grades, I avoid. You may notice that I have not included age in the list, that is because authenticity is more important, an object can be one hundred years old and be a fake, or as in the case of Australian aboriginal art, be twenty years old and genuine. Price could also be classified as a factor, but when it comes to a great piece of art, if you can afford it, money is irrelevant. If you stick to the highest grades, then, when you do decide to sell, the big auction houses do not tell you what you can get for a particular item, you tell them what you want, as really, there is no price limit at the top end of the market. I remember a visiting American who had a massive collection of aboriginal boomerangs, he was very passionate about them, and told me that they numbered in their thousands, he exclaimed confidently, ”whoever has the biggest collection is the winner!” I replied, “no!…. you are wrong!…..it is whoever has the best collection is the winner!” after our short conversation, he went very quiet, and realized that he was a hoarder…… I’m happy to help, and will try to answer any questions that fellow collectors may have in regards to collecting, forgeries, Australian aboriginal, and s.e. Asian tribal art.