Buying jewelry should be a fun and enjoyable experience, but it’s also important to make sure you get your money’s worth. One of the most vital indicators of quality is the maker’s signature. Renowned brands such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Chopard, and Bulgari are great examples of easily recognizable, quality signed jewelry. When you see jewelry inscribed with one of their hallmarks, you know you are purchasing goods associated with excellence; a meticulously created piece of art that will last for generations.
When signed pieces of jewelry are brought into New York Loan Company, the first thing our GIA certified Gemologists do is look for a hallmark and confirm that the piece is genuine and not a reproduction. There are many ways to verify that the jewelry is authentic and not an imitation. Does the hallmark match the period when this piece was allegedly created? Is the gold the correct karat for that specific jewelry house? Are the diamonds and/or colored stones the proper quality you would expect from a signed piece of jewelry? It’s not always easy to authenticate luxury jewelry, and the signature itself is a dependable way to recognize that a piece is truly what it claims to be.
Signed jewelry signifies the care that is put into creating a piece of jewelry, it is the stamp of approval from a maker which says “I stand by this work, and am proud to put my name on it”. There is a standard of craftsmanship in luxury brands, from the iconic yet familiar Cartier “Love Bracelet” to a one-of-a-kind custom Harry Winston piece. Quality, craftsmanship, and reputation is why jewelry lovers around the world buy a signed piece. And should you ever need to pawn or sell your jewelry, signed goods are considered investment pieces and will always carry a heavy premium.
“Our staff has years of training and experience in the evaluation of luxury jewelry, including the skill to identify signed goods,” says Jordan Tabach-Bank, CEO of the upscale pawnshops Beverly Loan Company and New York Loan Company. “Whether you are purchasing signed jewelry from our showroom, or brining in your own jewelry for a collateral loan, a signed piece ensures that your jewelry will hold its value for years to come.”