Vintage or antique jewelry is seeing a renaissance in its popularity among people who appreciate wearing a necklace, bracelet or ring that is the only one of its kind. While you may be able to find some real treasures at yard sales, estate sales or thrift shops, you’re likely to find a piece you love more quickly at a resale or consignment store. Whether you prefer Tiffany, Hermes, Bvlgari or Chanel pieces, there are several things you should look for before purchasing a piece of jewelry that, though discounted, can still be expensive.

One of the most important features that marks a quality piece of vintage jewelry is a signature. Check to see whether the bracelet or necklace bears the name of its creator. High quality pieces often do, making them even more valuable. An even more important feature you should check is the clasp on the piece of jewelry. A heavier, more detailed clasp usually indicates the pieces of jewelry was made earlier rather than later. A detailed clasp also holds the necklace or bracelet more securely, preventing its loss. If you’re looking for vintage earrings, you need to remember that pierced ears didn’t become widely popular until the late 1970s. Vintage earrings are most frequently a clip-on style.

When you’re searching for vintage chanel jewelry in New York City, keep in mind that the weight of the piece of jewelry is just as important as its appearance. Gold pieces in particular were triple-plated in the decades before World War II, giving them a heavier feel that helps identify them as vintage jewelry. Heavier triple-plated gold jewelry won’t tarnish as other types of metals or materials do, which offers you plenty of wear despite the age of the piece. Bracelets and necklaces made of gold with inlaid or interspersed stones still make a stunning statement.

Jewelry that is slightly dirty is still a good bargain if it is otherwise in good shape. However, you should avoid buying Vintage Chanel Jewelry in New York City that is broken in any way or has missing stones. You also need to walk away from a piece that shows signs of water damage. A Second Chance Resale Designer Boutique in New York is committed to authenticating the pieces it sells. To take a look at the several dozen rings, watches, necklaces and bracelets the resale company offers, Click Here.