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diamond’s characteristics and authenticity. Having a
jeweller you trust to evaluate or purchase the stones on
your behalf also offers peace of mind. Edward Gryg is a
registered valuer, gemmologist, diamond grader and jeweller
with over 25 years’ experience.
What about jewellery in general?
Quality pieces that are hard to find always make a good
investment. Look for persistently popular period styles that are
still very easy to wear today, and will be tomorrow. We make
regular buying trips to New York, which is art deco heaven. A rt
deco is a style that is constantly sought after – look for pieces
that are not too fussy and are well made. Currently we have a
lovely selection of art deco rings and cocktail rings from the
1950s. Art nouveau (1890-1914) was a beautiful, romantic time,
when designers looked towards nature for inspiration. It was a
relatively short period, meaning less was produced, so it’s harder
to find quality pieces today. The highly collectable English and
continental pieces always seem to shine.
Are Australian antique pieces collectable?
Australian hallmarked antique jewellery is a limited but very
rewarding category, which seems to attract devoted buyers.
Some collectors buy anything from rings to pendants and
brooches, while others will only collect gold-mining jewellery
or pieces that were made by West Australian firms during the
gold rush. It is a fascinating subject, because you always get a
history lesson when you start doing a little bit of research.
What’s your biggest buying tip?
A good investment is something that will also give
the owner pleasure!
Subiaco Antiques and Fine Jewellery (08) 9388 8333,
The vintage-style Shalimar Ring by Nirav
Modi features Argyle pink diamonds.
“Good quality jewellery and
collectables are fetching strong
prices and will hold their value”
1/4 acre of European & English fur niture, clocks
and decorative items at ver y affordable prices
Quality, Quantity & Value!
t: 08 9227 5502 f: 08 9227 5502
377 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, WA 6006
OPENING HOURS: MONDAY to SATURDAY 10-4 SUNDAYS 1-4
New stock ar rives daily.
Regular shipments ever y two months.
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