Antique Gold Jewellery Valuations

The process of gold jewellery valuation involves considering every single aspect of your antique or vintage jewellery piece and determining the type, quality and weight of metal and precious stone used. Craftsmanship also affects the price of jewellery.

Getting your jewellery pieces evaluated and knowing their value is worthwhile for your peace of mind and insurance purposes (if required). Moreover, knowing the value of the piece, you can ensure Vernon will endeavour to source the correct buyer/collector when deciding to sell your unwanted jewellery. Antique and gold jewellery pieces are often desired by collectors across the globe. Feel free to contact Vernon for jewellery valuations and find out the current worth of your jewellery.

Here are some ways through which you can determine antique gold jewellery value.

Is The Piece, Antique, Vintage or Retro?

Antique jewellery pieces are at least a hundred years old. If this isn’t the case, then the piece is probably vintage; vintage jewellery dates back to at least 20 years. Retro jewellery pieces are identified by their huge size and bold colours. Most of these pieces belong to the 1940s and 1950s decade.

Look for Time-Related Fittings and Findings

The first step of the gold jewellery valuation process is to determine the period in which it was created. Look around for possible findings and fittings. Jewellery findings is a term used for pre-made pieces used by jewellers like pin stems, clasps and hinges. Fittings are those parts that have been tailored for the piece.

The table below gives an example using common earring styles were first introduced in the market.



Shepherd Hook


Kidney Wire


Screw with Stopper - (Pierced )


Lever Back


Screw Back


Spring Click


Omega Back


You can observe similar findings for brooches as well. For instance, the trombone clasp was first introduced in the year 1940. Sometimes, you may also come across a lumpy solder on the brooch or another jewellery piece, but this does not indicate how old the piece is. It just means that it was altered or repaired.

What’s the Colour?

If your gold jewellery piece is embedded with gemstones or coated with enamel, the colour can give you an idea of the value and creation date. For instance, most of the jewellery belonging to the Renaissance period is gaudy. Items from the Victoria Era are more sober. In the Art Nouveau period, jewellery pieces featured delicately soft colours. And later on, the jewellery coatings and finishing changed to bolder shades, often featuring geometric designs.

Note Hallmarks on the Piece

Marks on jewellery pieces are often indicative of their time period and value. These are usually hidden. For instance, they are found at the back of the earrings or underneath the bracelet. Observe carefully and you may find the name of the designer, retailer or manufacturer or other critical information that can give you an idea about the value.

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Gold Jewellery Items that are often requested by private collectors

  • Earrings
  • Cufflinks
  • Cigarette Cases
  • Pendants
  • Medals
  • Brooches
  • Bracelets
  • Foreign Gold
  • Hair Pins
  • Tie Clips
  • Chains
  • Pocket Watches
  • Snuff Boxes
  • Bangles
  • Antique Vinaigrettes
  • Continental Gold
  • Rings
  • Necklaces
  • Signet Rings
  • Wrist Watches
  • Filigree Jewellery
  • Gold Coins
  • and more