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When it comes to collecting vintage jewelry, the prosperous market has created a great incentive for jewelry consultants like Jill Heller to step in and offer her expertise.

When asked in an interview with Forbes to describe the work of a jewelry consultant, Heller said, "Buying vintage jewelry is an investment that can take a lot of time and research. It’s an intimidating process for people who don’t know the ins and outs of the business, so that’s where a jewelry consultant like me steps in. I tell my clients what’s worth spending money on and what’s not, and I help them build the right collection. I’m also their connection to a network of vintage dealers all over the world who give me access to exclusive pieces that aren’t available to the public."

Heller was then asked about the important steps to take when one is looking at vintage jewelry. "Research!" she said. "You want to get as much information you can on a piece before buying because there are tons of fakes out there. Ask the dealer for provenance and condition reports if accessible – those will tell you who owned the piece before, give you a good idea of authenticity, and help judge how much the piece is worth. If it’s a designer piece, look for the signature. Most importantly, because paperwork isn’t always available, always see the piece in person if you can. Any piece of vintage jewelry worth purchasing should have a substantial feel and weight to it."

When asked about which eras and designers of vintage jewelry are the most popular at the moment, Heller said, "I think people come to me for a certain aesthetic that’s effortless and decadent at once; think Jane Birkin and Bianca Jagger in the ‘70s meets ‘60s Sophia Loren. Classic pieces from designers like Cartier, Bulgari, Marina B, and Verdura are always in demand because their designs are really wearable and great investments. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t get an Instagram DM asking for a Bulgari coin or a Marina B gold choker with colored stones. I also have a lot of clients who collect silver – and I think that’s because it’s always been part of my aesthetic. The first vintage piece I ever bought was an antique silver bangle I bought on vacation in Morocco when I was 12, and ever since, silver has been my favorite to collect and style. I still collect Moroccan silver and some Native American pieces, but I’m obsessed with the work of artists like Alexander Calder and Jean Després, who created such amazing, sculptural designs with silver. "

Information originally sourced from Forbes.