August 26, 2021
Many hobbies have their vintage version. Cars may be the most notable example. There’s a massive addressable market for fans of old vehicles, from antique Fords rolled off the first assembly lines to 70s muscle cars. The same goes for jewelry. Our experts at Bromberg’s can help us understand some of the benefits of investing in antique jewelry.
You’ll notice that these benefits range from the finely detailed and specific to those of enormous scope. Regardless of your interests and preferences, Bromberg’s representatives can guide you in finding the right pieces. So let’s dive right in and get a better idea of why investing in antique jewelry can enhance your collection and diversify your assets.
We often like to say that, despite all our technological advancements, people are still the same as they were hundreds – if not thousands – of years ago. At Bromberg’s, we take it a step further by pointing out that some things were done even better prior to our miraculous innovations.
Today, most jewelry is mass produced. Meaning, each piece is programmatically designed and manufactured with the same process as each of its counterparts.
A hundred years ago, stones were cut one-by-one by highly skilled artisans. Each stone possessed its own character, reflected in the craftsman who created it. Certain pieces made by certain people hold value above and beyond the beauty and quality of the jewelry itself.
With antique jewelry, we see skill demonstrated in jewelry by craftsmen who took their time with every single stone. Pearl farmers are a perfect example. They cultured pearls inside clams left in the water for years to cultivate a thicker, more lustrous nacre than you may see in some pearls today. Gemstones, too, were of very high quality. The methods used to cut the stones were unique to craftsmen who studied and refined their trade.
Cutters and jewelers apprenticed for years before taking the mantle. This guaranteed a high quality of product. The longer the apprenticeship, the better the artisan, and the better the artisan, the better the competition.
This level of quality and uniqueness created a product of high quality that was rich with history and a very captivating origin story. Bromberg’s takes a page out of these lessons from antiquity by working only with the most organic creators of jewelry around the world.
Jewelry often gains notoriety and increased value due to its previous owners. People collect all sorts of items that once belonged to famous individuals. Jewelry is no different.
Investing in estate jewelry also offers the possibility of rapid value appreciation.
Bromberg’s has sought to imbue many occasions with the inimitable cuts of yesterday. Particularly those belonging to close family members, such as the wedding of Chrissy and Eric, back in 2019. Chrissy wore her grandmother’s diamond cocktail ring and her mother’s diamond bracelet.
Unlike your older sister’s clothes, these hand-me-downs are quite coveted. They have only appreciated in value over time as ever-growing rarities.
Wouldn’t you agree that a pair of diamond earrings becomes a lot more interesting, even more desirable, if Audrey Hepburn had worn them in one of her classic films?
Providing proof for such items is essential. But once the paper trail has been established, there are few investments better than a set of antiquated jewelry formerly owned by some of the world’s most renowned figures. These make some of the best gift items when the giftee in particular holds the former owner in high esteem.
Everything mentioned above supports the notion that vintage jewelry makes for a great investment because of what occurred or who it belonged to in its antiquated years of creation or purchase. But what about moving forward?
Any investment involves buying something now that will be worth more later. The experts here at Bromberg’s assist customers in selecting pieces that suit their asset preferences. Regardless, the benefits of investing, whether in estate jewelry or artisan jewelry, range from holding a physical asset with intrinsic value as a hedge against fiat currency, to diversifying your asset classes altogether. Antique jewelry is fairly impervious to the wild fluctuations of markets and economies.
Whether you aim to wear the pieces or stow them in a lockbox, antique and vintage jewelry are some of the soundest and sturdiest investments one could make.
It's Bromberg’s mission to provide clients with an unforgettable and enjoyable luxury experience. We operate two Birmingham fine jewelry stores located in Mountain Brook Village and the Summit. At each of our locations, we provide meticulous attention to our products to ensure quality for our loyal customers. If you are looking for that special piece, need a jewelry repair or appraisal, or just have a general question or comment, please contact us.