I have a pair of earrings that belonged to my great-great-grandmother. I don't think they'd be worth anything - she immigrated to the US from the Middle East (my heritage is a mix of Lebanese and Syrian) and the earrings are gems that are irregularly cut and the backs are like something I'd expect at a hardware store. But I wanted to know more *about* them. I thought that taking them to a jeweler would be a good bet, but then I wondered about someone who specializes in antiques...or antique jewelry? I want historical information (like people cut gems like this because they weren't professionals but were village jewelers cutting by hand...you know that kind of thing).
How do you find one of those? Or rather, what questions should I ask before taking them in to a specific place?
If you don't know - what's the oldest piece of jewelry you have? Or oldest heirloom for that matter?
EDIT: Some people were curious about the earrings, just what they looked like. Like I said, I don't think they're worth anything, but I would love to know more about them: