Antique Jewellery2019-09-07T01:55:10+10:00

Antique Jewellery Sunshine Coast

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Buy Antique & Vintage Jewellery at David Frith Jewellery in Sunshine Coast

Buying antique jewellery safely online.

I have an appraisal certificate for my jewellery, why can’t I sell it for that amount?2019-07-28T00:25:53+10:00

A valuation is always significantly more than the commercial value of an item – often more than double. Whilst offering an item for sale with a valuation certificate might enhance its appeal and authenticity, you will never sell it for the valued amount.

The practice of offering for sale jewellery with an appraisal or valuation (valued by the people that sold it to you) is a scam that’s widely accepted by insurance companies. Many jewellery companies want their customers to believe they are getting more for their money than they actually are. And of course insurance companies are more than happy to receive your payments to insure that item for that amount.

We always recommend our clients obtain an independent valuation of their jewellery for insurance purposes, although this will still be a higher amount than the market value.

Click here for an excellent article from Jeweller magazine about the practice of selling jewellery with a valuation.

Does it come with a valuation or appraisal?2019-07-28T00:24:33+10:00

Not usually. Here’s why…

The practice of offering for sale jewellery with an appraisal or valuation (valued by the people that sold it to you) is a scam that’s widely accepted by insurance companies. Many jewellery companies want their customers to believe they are getting more for their money than they actually are. And of course insurance companies are more than happy to receive your payments to insure that item for that amount.

We always recommend our clients obtain an independent valuation of their jewellery. There are a few select pieces available here which have been independently valued – but this is not our normal practice.

A valuation is always significantly more than the commercial value of an item – often more than double. Whilst offering an item for sale with a valuation certificate might enhance its appeal and authenticity, it is not an accurate reflection of its current market value.

Click here for a great article from Jeweller magazine about the practice of selling jewellery with a valuation.

If you’re not satisfied with your purchase you can return it for a full refund within 7 days of receipt. Your purchases online are also protected by Australian Consumer Law.

Do you give independent valuations on antique jewellery?2019-07-28T00:23:21+10:00

No – we don’t. However, you can find your nearest accredited jewellery valuer through the National Council of Jewellery Valuers website.

Please also be aware that any insurance evaluations you may have of your jewellery will always be significantly more than the market values at that date.

Does it come with a certificate of authenticity?2019-07-28T00:21:48+10:00

There is no such thing as a ‘certificate of authenticity’ for antique jewellery (unless we printed one ourselves on the computer!) – the nearest thing would be a valuation for insurance purposes which would need to be carried out by an independent registered valuer.

However, for your peace of mind, under Australian law, if anything that you purchase online is not significantly as described, you are entitled to a complete refund. Your local office of fair trading website will have more advice on this.

Our advice is that if you’re not convinced the item is genuine, get it checked out by your local jeweller who will be able to confirm what the materials are. Be aware though that most high street jewellery shops in Australia do not have experience of antique jewellery and beware of any jewellery shop that offers you money to ‘take it off your hands’ (unless it’s a good price!) – they’ve usually just spotted a bargain!

I bought an antique ring from you 6 months ago and now a stone has dropped out. Will you refund or repair it?2019-07-28T00:20:17+10:00

N.B. This has only happened once, thankfully!

We would not offer a refund on antique jewellery in this instance – simply because we don’t know how much you have worn it.

We do not sell pieces of poor quality – they are handmade and usually much better quality and longer lasting than many modern pieces you will find in the shops. As most of what we sell is over 100 years old, we certainly check them over before we list them for sale. However, without the benefit of clairvoyancy, it would be impossible to offer a guarantee on such old jewellery. Here’s why:

  • We don’t know regularly it will be worn or how well it will be looked after. Rings particularly can be subjected to a lot of unintentional abuse, particularly if they are being worn every day and whilst doing manual tasks.
  • It was not made by Siobhan and we may not be able to tell how well it was made throughout without breaking it apart and putting it back together again.

You can liken antique jewellery to a vintage car: You need to take great care of it because, even though the bodywork might be great, bits may well drop off it with increased use. Like a lot of modern pieces, many antique pieces, such as dress rings, would have originally been made for special occasions and may not withstand everyday wear in the 21st century.

In the unlikely event of anything dropping off, Siobhan can offer customer friendly rates to repair it.

Does it come with a guarantee?2019-07-28T00:18:14+10:00

We do guarantee that the jewellery is genuine and made of the materials described. Under Australian law, you are entitled to a full refund if this is not the case.

We do not sell pieces of poor quality – they are handmade and usually much better quality and longer lasting than many modern pieces you will find in the shops. As most of what we sell is over 100 years old, we certainly check them over before we list them for sale. However, without the benefit of clairvoyancy, it would be impossible to offer a guarantee on such old jewellery. Here’s why:

  • We don’t know regularly it will be worn or how well it will be looked after. Rings particularly can be subjected to a lot of unintentional abuse, particularly if they are being worn every day and whilst doing manual tasks.
  • It was not made by Siobhan and we may not be able to tell how well it was made throughout without breaking it apart and putting it back together again.

You can liken antique jewellery to a vintage car: You need to take great care of it because, even though the bodywork might be great, bits may well drop off it with increased use. Like a lot of modern pieces, many antique pieces, such as dress rings, would have originally been made for special occasions and may not withstand everyday wear in the 21st century.

In the unlikely event of anything dropping off, Siobhan can offer customer friendly rates to repair it.