by hunde » Aug 16, 2019 Hi all! I have been following this forum for a while now and decided to write up my first post about some antique jewelry I recently received from my husband's grandmother. Some background story: The elderly lady - my husband's grandma - is slowly clearing out her jewelry boxes and has gifted some of the most precious pieces to her own granddaughters already. She has accumulated some very nice jewelry, some passed down to her & her late husband and some bought by her locally and some bought by her husband during his business travels abroad. For example, I saw one stunning ring with a large stone that was changing colors depending on the light! It was purple in one light and in other light more blue/green. About a month ago my husband's mother recommended the grandmother to give her remaining pieces to me, and she actually decided to gift me some of her jewelry as well. Needless to say I was extremely touched by this heartwarming gesture. Some of her pieces have been in the family for over hundred years. I received some more modern jewelry plus this antique jewelry set which is truly stunning. I fell in love with it at first sight and I am bound to treasure it and pass it down to our kids. Especially the earrings are beautiful. However one concern I have with the set is the age and the current condition. The ring is missing two tiny diamonds and the center diamond appears cracked. My grandma says she hasn't really worn the jewelry, has just kept the set safely in the box. I have pretty much no experience in antique jewelry so I would like to learn more about this set and what to do with it. I would love to wear the earrings and pendant but I fear damaging them / losing stones. Some questions: Should I have them repaired? Would it be very expensive? Can I wear them without repair? How old do you think the set is? What is the value of this kind of jewelry, is it worth having it insured? Or is the value purely sentimental? The set is quite heavy, weighs about 25g. The back is gold but the front is silver color so perhaps set in silver? The diamonds look quite hazy/milky. The pendant and earrings are in far better shape than the ring. Though the metal in the ring seems fine. There are beautiful engravings in the ring. Here are some images, I will try take better ones tomorrow. I don't know much about the story behind them. She received the set from her husband's family. Thank you for all the advice in advance !