Vintage jewellery is a step away from antique pieces — relatively affordable and stylish — making them a popular staple in the collector’s accessory box

Still, ‘vintage’ is another fancy word to mark-up second-hand goods. A side of caution and a vigilant eye will be necessary when checking out the array of gems laid out at the flea market or vintage boutiqueKeep in mind that these pieces once belonged to someone, so signs of wear and tear are inevitable.

Shop with an open-mind and consider what ‘flaws’ you are willing to live with. After all, little nicks give unique character to jewellery and can be more comfortable to wear. Think of it as a pair of shoes that’s already been broken into.

So before you whip out your wallet, take a moment to consider these few tips. You might just save yourself from the agony of buyer’s regret.