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You Will Need
- Internet access
- Auction catalog
- PayPal account or credit card (optional)
Preview auction items and check the auction estimate of the piece you're considering. If it's fairly modern, the jewelry manufacturer may be able to provide its retail price. If it's an older piece, look at recent prices for similar designs.
Look at the quality
Look at the quality and materials of the piece. Consider the size and value of each component, especially the metal and the stones, as well as the piece's maker.
Talk to the auctioneer
Contact the auctioneer to ask questions. Ask for photos of any signatures or markings that will help establish the piece's authenticity.
Invest in an appraisal
Consider paying for an appraisal, especially if you're bidding online and you can't see or touch what you're buying. Use an independent gemologist who is also an appraiser, and ask the seller or their representative for a sales receipts with details in writing.
Decide how much you are willing to bid and abide by it. Resist getting caught up in a bidding war, unless, of course, you absolutely have to have it.