What's wrong with consuming? Nothing, if it brings genuine pleasure to the individual and that person buys within their means. When it comes to jewelry, collecting would be the better way to go - always.
A jewelry enthusiast usually has or is developing a theme for their compilation. It starts with personal preferences, or even an emblem of their life experience. Does one love all things Asian? Are they well traveled to South America? Are they an antique buff? What is their family heritage, and what colors speak to them? And today you might add, are they a fervent ecologist?
When that is defined - and mind you, a collector can devote time, energy and money to forming several types of collections - then the next consideration is the quality and scope of the collection.
Collecting has to start somewhere, within the means of the individual. But eventually it works its way into a swap-out and trade-up scenario. Earlier pieces that may not hold their appeal, or are of lesser quality, may be replaced by superior choices of finer value over time.
The more one learns about their particular niche, the broader their knowledge should become about their object of affection. That means a finer tuned aesthetic of what contributes to value and a desire to accumulate the most comprehensive representation of their subject. There are old things, collectibles, vintage items, heirlooms, true antiques, and museum quality jewels. The differences in each group are subtle to obvious.
Same goes for sapphire. One can start out with a lab created stone, because they adore the eye catching color. As they learn more about the material, they want the genuine deal, even if it has been enhanced. Eventually this person's interest drives them to understand how country of origin contributes to the value, and occasionally makes for a visual recognition of their stone. Ultimately they may search for a top quality Burma sapphire or another superb specimen because of their extensive knowledge of sapphire.
|Dog lovers and animal jewelry collectors would go wild over this petite vintage intaglio doggy pendant from eFiligree.com.
Collectors of organic gemstones or sea life jewelry will treasure this elegant coral, gold, and diamond seahorse brooch, Courtesy of Gregoré Morin.