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They say that “Diamonds are forever” or something like “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Indeed, gemstones and jewelry will forever become synonymous with wealth, status, and power. These small but valuable items can skyrocket a person’s image from a literal “Rags to Riches” perspective. These treasures have been the reason why conquest and wars between ancient empires happen.

Nowadays, jewelry is a standard for beauty. However, for some, beauty is just part of the reason why people have such precious treasures. Family heirlooms for example, often consist of jewelry handed down from generation to generation. Finding one in an old house can mean an instant turnaround when it comes to the state of living.

For those who understand the value of jewels and precious stones, investments are the intent. The price of gold and precious gems will only go higher as time passes. A rare spider brooch made by a famous jewelry company, Fabergé, was priced $15,000 which later became a staggering $80,000. This pricing only goes to show that the actual value of jewelry and gemstones only become higher as time passes.

Here are some tips to look out for when planning to buy jewelry as an investment:

New isn’t Always a Good Choice

When it comes to jewelry and investment, a lot of people think that buying high-end, brand new, and designer pieces are the ones that fetch the most money in time. They later get disappointed, only to find out that this isn’t always the case. Take for example this situation: A woman buys an earring at a high street retailer for $100. When you sell it back the next day, you’d only get $30 for that earring.

A lot of people fall for this trick and end up buying jewelry that’ll take 30 years to bring in the original cost of buying the piece.

No Assurance for Vintage and Antiques

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Good investments lie within an antique and vintage jewelry. Most of these pieces are from a source that has a lot of low asking prices. Most of these pieces are family heirlooms hidden just about anywhere. The spider brooch from Fabergé mentioned above was found in a family attic. However, antiques aren’t usually a guarantee that they’re going to sell big.

Most experts say that Art Deco jewelry made in the late 1920’s are the most valuable. Their values increase even more when Cartier or Arpels sign these pieces. Precious stones like diamonds also grow in value with time, especially if they are more than five karats in size. For example, old pieces of jewelry who sport such diamonds are often removed and replaced with smaller ones. This switch is the reason why it’s so difficult finding old diamond rings and other types of statement jewelry.

Going for the Good Ones

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For a person without knowledge, any piece of jewelry is excellent as long as it’s authentic and has a name. Style plays a significant role in determining the value of a piece. For example, Victorian Jewelry is no doubt, authentic and has high value but has a notoriously small market. Most sellers will have a hard time selling Victorian pieces because of their association with grief, mourning, and sentimentality.

Georgian Jewelry which also has a small market is such a rare commodity because of its style and appeal to most buyers. Compared to pieces like the Victorian, Georgian jewelry are more likely to get purchased by collectors and buyers. Another part that appeals to most collectors is the Art Nouveau designs which utilize glass, enamel, and precious gemstones which go with most trends today.

Learning to Wait

As mentioned earlier, the price of these valuable possessions goes up with time. Learn to watch out for trends as to determine when to sell your pieces. An investment doesn’t have to consist of gold entirely. It can be made up of valuable silver pieces, pearls, and rare gems. A diamond crusted ring bought for $1000 today might end up in an auction and sell for $5000 in 3-5 years time.


Investing in jewelry certainly isn’t a bad thing. However, as with investments, there are always risks involved. There are also several factors that a buyer should know if he intends on purchasing pieces for investments. Factors such as knowing the styles of jewelry and the impact that time has on certain jewelry all determine the real value.



When it comes to buying Christmas gifts, most of us have hard-to-buy-for people in their lives: from those who already own everything they could want or need to individuals with a wish list to rival the average annual salary.

But if you’re flummoxed by a loved one’s lust list and money is no problem, there is a solution in the form of British luxury gift website VeryFirstTo.com, which dubs itself “the first website for individuals to learn about, and have, newly launching luxury products and experiences”.

It aims to showcase the most desirable items within the world of technology, fashion, home, leisure, beauty and beyond; as well as the latest must attend venues and events.

One such gift just available on the site which is sure to please the most demanding of recipients is the super premium vodka housed in the Faberge-inspired egg.

If the eye-catching 24-carat gold egg isn’t enough to impress, the vodka itself is filtered twelve times and was once enjoyed by 19th Century St Petersburg aristocracy.

If you’re keen to impress though, you must act fast because only five golden eggs are produced each year.

Other super luxurious items perfect for a show off include the Z.Boat by Zaha Hadid (£300,000; $500,000), the Azature 267 carat black diamond nail polish adored by Kelly Osbourne (£160,000; $240,000) and an Elliot Rhodes Megalodon Shark Tooth Belt Buckle (£1,950; $3,000).

If the Z.Boat takes your fancy, the site will direct you to the seller who will then consider your purchase application, but other gifts such as the vodka egg can be bought instantly from the site.

One Christmas gift which is sure to please the most demanding of recipients is the super premium vodka housed in a Faberge-inspired gold egg

One Christmas gift which is sure to please the most demanding of recipients is the super premium vodka housed in a Faberge-inspired gold egg

And if you have qualms that the gifts may not be up to standard then you can rest easy knowing that they have been hand selected by a panel of arbiters of taste and style also known as “Connoisseurs”.

The panel includes It girl Bip Ling, fashion designer Giles Deacon, Joan Burstein CBE and Co-founder of Browns and Luke Johnson, Chairman of Royal Society of Arts and Gails.

But it all comes at a price with VIP membership to the site setting you back £50 ($75) before you have even contemplated shelling out a few thousand pounds on gifts.

Your membership grants access to exclusive products, bespoke items and special pre-opening events.

“Having found it impossible to establish what products and experiences brands were about to launch and what exciting new brands were soon be born, I thought it about time there was a site that identified such launches and enabled people to be amongst the very first to have them” said founder Marcel Knobil.

Top 5 most expensive products on VeryFirstTo.com

1. The Z.Boat by Zaha Hadid (£300,000; $500,000)
2. Imperial Collection Super Premium Vodka in Faberge-inspired egg (£4,500; $6,900)
3. Azature 267 carat black diamond nail polish (£160,000; $240,000)
4. Elliot Rhodes Megalodon Shark Tooth Belt Buckle (£1,950; $3,000)
5. Chloe/ Paraty military shoulder bag (£1,305; $2,000)