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Friday, 10 May 2019

What Does AF mean on Jewellery Auctions.

If you visit auctions or vintage sites you will no doubt see the term AF.
So what does it actually mean?
AF means ' as found ' , so what does ' as found ' actually mean?
Well it means you see it in the actual condition it is in ' as found '. So if you have the ability to view the goods you should. As soon as a seller mentions AF, if you can you view that item, do so that's if you want to bid/buy it.
AF can be a massive pain in the bum if you are an online/oversees bidder and cant touch or see the goods, a lot of  sellers on ebay and other auction sites use this term ( When they use AF they are usually saying the item is broken in some way )
Mostly when the term AF is described to a vintage or antique piece it means its broken, incomplete or damaged in some way, as stated above.
If you still wish to bid you should ask the auction house/ seller what has made this piece be described as AF, if its just something simple like a broken link, or something you could fix then good luck,  it could be something massive like missing diamonds, or chain links beyond repair. Remember a good seller/auction house will answer your questions in advance of sale.