Pieces of jewelry are often passed down as family heirlooms because of their increasing value and timeless appeal. Inheriting a beautiful, handcrafted bracelet or ring that has been in the family for decades is a big honor. It also gives you a showpiece to wear to fancy parties and special occasions.
When you have special pieces of jewelry, it’s important to take good care of them, so they can last for many, many years. The quality of the raw materials and craftsmanship all contribute to their longevity. Not exposing them to corrosive materials and storing them properly help make them last longer.
Creating new heirloom pieces
If you don’t have heirloom pieces of jewelry yet, there’s still time to create one. You can select a trusted jeweler to help you create a high-class engagement ring for the love of your life. If you’re not feeling the modern and sleek designs of today’s engagement rings, you can work with your jeweler to craft one that has an antique or vintage look to it. The older engagement rings boast a classic, one-of-a-kind look that immediately tells you it wasn’t ordered from a catalog or picked up from the mall.
Since it’s custom-made, you can choose a design that has meaning for you as a couple. It could be a Celtic knot, a fleur-de-lis, or a rose. You can then add a central stone and surround it with other gemstones of your choice.
Contrary to popular belief, engagement rings don’t always have to be made of diamonds. You can add rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and even pearls. Additionally, besides silver and gold, engagement rings are now cast in platinum and even titanium. You can finish it off with an inscription or your initials on the inside of the ring.
Putting in the extra time and effort to make the engagement ring more special will add to its sentimental value and make the owner want to hold on to it for as long as possible.
Bespoke cufflinks and pocket watches for men
Men often inherit engagement rings from their mothers or grandmothers to be passed on to the woman they want to marry. However, tie clips, money clips, college rings, and bespoke cufflinks are also common heirloom pieces.
Cufflinks can also be customized and personalized so they can be passed on to sons or grandsons. They can be made of silver, gold, platinum or titanium, and embellished with precious or semi-precious stones. Besides monograms, the family crest or symbol can also be turned into cufflinks. They can also be engraved at the back with dates and short inscriptions to make them even more memorable.
Pocket watches are luxurious pieces and bring back memories of a bygone era. When taken good care of, these antique timepieces are worth a lot of money. Oftentimes, the chain just needs to be updated, or the watch itself needs to be cleaned. The well-crafted ones can last for hundreds of years or even more.
Classic pieces of jewelry rarely go out of style because the standards of beauty and elegance don’t change over the years. Great quality, flawless craftsmanship, and simplicity will remain fashionable and in demand. If you love high-quality jewelry, think about creating one-of-a-kind pieces as an investment for the future. Not only does their monetary value appreciate, but you can also pass them on for the next generation to use and enjoy.