How to Choose an Antique Jeweler – 7 Must have Questions to Ask!
If you want to purchase a vintage engagement ring or repair your antique engagement ring, but don't know what antique jeweler you can trust with your estate ring, here are some key questions you should ask:
Look At Inventory
Look at their website, and see what type of vintage jewelry they have in stock. Is the bulk of their inventory antique and estate jewelry? If yes, then you can assume that they are familiar with vintage diamond rings.
Better Business Bureau or JBT Member!
How long has the jeweler been in business? Are they in good standing as members of the JBT (Jewelers Board of Trade), the BBB (Better Business Bureau), or any estate jewelry organizations? You will want to visit your jeweler, or website, many years down the road.
Do They Do Their Own Repair Work
Does the potential jeweler actually do their own repair work and resizing of art deco engagement rings? If an Art Deco ring has calibre sapphires, square cut emeralds or square cut rubies, a simple sizing can loosen up these precious gemstones. You must be very careful!
A Full Service Jewelry Store
Is the jeweler a full service company? You don't want a place where it is just sales people trying to sell you their jewelry.
Is the Owner part Of The Process
Is the owner of the establishment hands on? Is he, or she, a presence there if a situation should arise?
Knowledge Of Art Deco Jewelry
Do the employees have actual knowledge of Art Deco jewelry?
Knowledge of Precious and Semi Precious Gemstones
Does the owner and/or the employees have knowledge and understanding of precious and semi precious gemstones? If not, do they have access to master jewelers and master setters who do have that expertise.