Category: Ask an Expert

How to build a great antique jewelry collection

Should you build a collection by theme or period? Is it better to buy through auctions or dealers? Where can you go to try on one-of-a-kind masterpieces – like jewelry by Lalique – without spending a dime?

How to spot fake gems in old jewelry

Learn what to look for in terms of color and cut, but don’t expect to tell a synthetic from a real stone – and forget trying to identify something based on a digital photo. “If something looks too good to be true,” Christie Romero warns, “it probably is.”