Why Would You Wear That?!
There are many pieces of jewelry out there the average consumer would look at and think are too strange to wear. Some might think they are just plain ugly! But others look at them and appreciate their oddly unique appeal and collectability.
Collectability is individual and is about you, the buyer. Don't ever let a guide book or dealer tell you the value of something. You determine market value as a consumer. Only ever pay as much as the item is worth to you and don't buy something just because it has a high perceived market value. These are some ways you can maintain the actual worth of your collection.
Sometimes, it's these distinct pieces that are worth the most money for a few reasons. First, they often have a strong emotive attachment, meaning that it stirs, in the potential buyer, a strong emotional reaction due to subject matter, uniqueness and/or unconventional beauty. Also, jewelry that was produced in larger quantities was generally more streamlined, less interesting and easier to construct so unique pieces are harder to come by which increases market value. Sometimes, it takes a strong knowledge of art, design and construction to appreciate a piece so what the average person doesn't see in it, a trained eye might.
Having said that, just because something is bizarre or peculiar, doesn't mean it's worth anything. There are other factors involved such as availability, designer, construction, condition and theme.
Here are some of the strange and unusual pieces I have had over the years. Do they appeal to you? Would you wear them? What kind of value would you expect them to have and why? What do you have in your collection that you think would fit in this discussion?
Whimsical Bakelite Flower Earrings - click to see in store
Lucite bubble ring
Elzac Lucite face brooch
Coro snake and lampwork glass eggs brooch - click to see in store