Whilst jewellery can have a considerable amount of intangible, emotional value, it is also possible to increase its material value as well. Wondering how to do this? it is mostly down to how it is handled and treated, but it also is dependent on whether or not the piece of jewellery is made of precious metals such as silver, platinum, and gold. Let’s take a closer look.
Why would I want to increase the value of jewellery?
You may not want to ever part with your beloved item of jewellery, so you might be asking why you would want to increase its value. The main reason would be for investment purposes. You might hope to pass on this piece to a loved one, and by keeping the jewellery in very good condition, you could make it an excellent investment in the years to come.
If you aren’t sure as to what you need to do to help make your jewellery more valuable over the course of time, we are here to help. As jewellery experts, with decades of experience in the industry, we know a thing or two about keeping jewels and precious stones to an extremely high standard.
Keep the jewellery clean
One of the best things you can do to make your jewellery more profitable is to regularly clean it. You should get this checked frequently by an expert, as dirt and impurities can easily accumulate, especially if it is a wedding ring where it is constantly used. Another thing to take into consideration is that the sheen will also fade over time.
It is highly recommended to ask a jeweller to clean the piece on your behalf, as harsh cleaning practices (by deciding to do it yourself) could actually damage the lustre, and can even see your jewellery decrease in value.
Restoration is key
If you find that the item is missing stones, has breakages or is just generally looking a bit worse for wear, then take the time to get it restored. Failing to uphold its condition will mean it will diminish in value.
Keep the original documentation
Whenever you purchase a high-value item of jewellery (or it is gifted to you) getting the original documentation for it is strongly advised. This is because it gives you heaps of useful information about it, and if you decide to put it up for resale it helps to avoid any instances of devaluation.
Get it GIA certified
Do you have a diamond that you would like to increase in value? Is it GIA certified? If it isn’t already, then it is in your interest to look at having this sorted out. GIA diamonds tend to be worth more, as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is considered the most respected gemological laboratory worldwide.
It is possible to get your diamond GIA certified through your jeweler. The certificate you receive will list any imperfections found in the stone as well as giving it a diamond grading. This certificate will prove vital if you decide to get an appraisal for the diamond in the future.