The Difference Between Valuable And Expensive Jewelries And Their Worth

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Those who may want to know how valuable their jewelries are and/or those who may also want to base any or some of their decisions on their jewelries’ worth, should ideally understand the difference between a valuable jewelry piece and an expensive jewelry piece, they should also have some idea about their worth too.

A jewelry piece is generally considered to be valuable if there are some valuable natural gemstones or precious metals or both in the piece.


How Valuable Your Jewelry Piece Is

A jewelry piece value is typically determined by the total sum of the values of the natural gemstones and/or precious metals it may contain, once the values of the natural gemstones and/or precious metals in a jewelry piece is known, it should be relatively easy to determine the value of the piece.


1.  Natural Gemstone Value


The variables that may determine the value of the natural gemstone(s) in your jewelry piece may include

  • The type of gemstone
  • How rare the gemstone is
  • The variety of the gemstone
  • The gemstone color
  • The clarity, color, cut and carat of the gemstone
  • The demand for the gemstone
  • The market value of the gemstone

(a).  The Type Of Gemstone

Some natural gemstones are considered to be valuable, examples of such gemstones include diamond, tanzanite, jade, ruby etc, you can get a list of valuable gemstones at Valuable Jewelries: The Metals And Gemstones That Make Your Jewelry Valuable.


(b).  How Rare The Gemstone Is

Some valuable gemstones are also rare or extremely hard to get, that fact will affect their values too, the natural gemstones that fall into this category include alexandrite and moissanite.


(c).  The Variety Of The Gemstone

Some varieties of some specific type of gemstones are valuable because they are rare, hard to get etc. Garnet for example has some varieties that are generally considered to be more valuable than other varieties of garnet.


(d).  The Gemstone Color

Some specific colors for some gemstones are either rare, hard to get or are in high demand thus making such specific type of gemstones valuable, examples of these include red diamond, blue garnet and red beryl.


(e).  The Clarity, Color, Cut And Carat Of The Gemstone

Natural gemstones are typically graded to determine their implicit value and quality. Clarity defines how flawless a gemstone is, that is, whether it is flawed or not and by how much and how that may affect the gemstone appearance and durability. The color grade for a gemstone defines the gem’s color and how light or intense the color is, carat defines the weight of the gemstone. 

Pearl as a gemstone uses a different set of grades for determining its value and quality.
 
Gemstones with the topmost clarity, color, cut grades, more carats or pearl quality are generally more valuable than those with lower grades, less carats or low pearl quality grades. In most cases, your jeweler would have already graded the natural gemstones in your jewelry piece and all you may really need is to know what those grades are and how you can use them to determine how valuable your gemstone or jewelry piece is.

You can also determine the clarity, color, cut and carat, and pearl quality for the gemstones in your jewelries too by submitting your jewelry piece for a paid analysis with a grading institute like GIA (Gemological Institute of America). You can learn more about clarity, color, cut, carat and pearl quality at Easily Determine If Your New Or Old Jewelry Piece Is Valuable Or Not.


(f).  The Demand For The Gemstone And Its Market Value

The demand for a gemstone, that is, how much others want the gemstone will also affect its value too.

The market value for a gemstone will depend on the cumulative or overall effect of all the other variables that may affect the gemstone value as explained here and the price others are willing to pay for the gem. 


2.  Precious Metal Value

The variables that may determine the value of the precious metal(s) in your jewelry piece will include

  • The type of metal
  • How rare the metal is
  • The quantity or amount of the metal content in a jewelry piece
  • The demand for the metal
  • The market value of the metal

(a).  The Type Of Metal

Precious metals like gold and platinum are generally considered to be valuable jewelry metals, a list of some valuable jewelry metals is available at Valuable Jewelries: The Metals And Gemstones That Make Your Jewelry Valuable.


(b).  How Rare The Metal Is

Some precious metals too are also rare or hard to get, this will affect their values too.


(c).  The Quantity Or Amount Of The Metal Content In A Jewelry Piece

Jewelry metals are usually alloyed with some other type of metals to make them stronger or more durable hence the amount of each specific type of metals in each jewelry piece will vary. The more the quantity of a precious metal is in a jewelry piece, the more valuable that piece will be. High-end platinum jewelry for example will typically contain up to 95% platinum metal content. 


(d).  The Demand For The Precious Metal And Its Market Value

The demand for a precious metal, that is, how much others may want the metal will also affect its value too.

The market value for a precious metal too will depend on the cumulative or overall effect of all the other variables that may affect the metal value as explained here and the price others are willing to pay for the metal too. 


Vintage, Antique And Pre-owned Jewelry Value

In addition to the values of the natural gemstones and precious metals in a vintage or antique jewelry piece, the age or period value of the piece will affect its value too. The present condition of any pre-owned jewelry including any recently owned, modern or contemporary, vintage or antique jewelry will affect their values too.


Jewelry Brand Value

Some jewelry pieces are either made by some well-known company or designer hence they may be signed with a brand name.

If you are going to buy a valuable jewelry piece, it is always better to buy the piece based on its real value and what it may be worth in real terms than merely because it was made by a well-known brand. Buying jewelry pieces from well-known brands may only serve as an additional bonus or benefit later on.

Generally, you are more likely to find a market for your jewelry piece, if you wish to sell now or at some point in time much more readily, based on your jewelry piece real value than just because it was made by a well-known brand. There could however be a one in a thousand or a one in a million exception to this though.


What Your Jewelries Are Worth Right Now

You can determine the worth of the jewelry pieces you already own now and you can also have some idea too about the current market value of any new jewelry piece you may be interested in even before you buy.

The current market value (worth) of your jewelry piece and any new jewelry you may want to buy is determined by the current market value of the natural gemstones and/or the precious metals they contain.

The current market value for your own jewelry will most likely not be the same as the actual retail price you may have paid for it. This will also apply to any new jewelry piece you may be interested in buying too. For each jewelry piece you buy, jewelers (as a business) would have included their own profit margins and costs too in the retail price for each jewelry piece.

You may get some idea about the current market value for your own jewelries by doing some research on the possible resale value of your jewelries and by doing a jewelry appraisal. A jewelry appraisal may be optional, if you don’t need the appraisal for insurance purposes and if you have all the details/information about your jewelry piece with you, or if you can get the details/information on it from your jeweler or the store where you may have bought the piece.

You can also get some idea about the current market value of any new jewelry pieces you may want to buy too before you buy, by checking for the current market value of some gemstones that are similar to those in the jewelry piece on some online sites that provide such details for free, and by calculating the current market price of the precious metal content of the new jewelry piece, you can learn more about this at Jewelry As An Investment - Before You Buy That Valuable Jewelry Piece.


Expensive Jewelries

All types of jewelries can be worn as normal wear and for any occasion or event and they can all be given away too as gifts whether they are low-cost, expensive, valuable, vintage, antique, pre-owned, costume or imitation jewelries.

However if your aim is to buy a valuable jewelry piece that would be of some worth and real value now and in the nearest future, you will need to consider the real values of the natural gemstones and/or precious metals that the jewelry piece may contain as explained earlier and not just the price tag of the jewelry piece or how expensive it is, since the real value and worth of your jewelry piece will mostly or mainly be determined by these and not the retail price you may pay for the piece. 


Buying Some Jewelries For Investment Purposes

When you invest in any item or a jewelry piece of some value, you will ultimately expect that you will gain some profits from your investment at some point in time. However for jewelry pieces, although it is quite possible for the gemstone or precious metal in a jewelry piece to increase or appreciate in value over time, there is however no guarantee that they would.

You will therefore need to do some effective research of your own before investing in any form of jewelry, investing in a natural gemstone or precious metal separately as individual items and not as part of a jewelry piece, may actually be more ideal for most people, you can get more information and details about this too at Jewelry As An Investment - Before You Buy That Valuable Jewelry Piece.


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