This is an interesting subject and is worth sitting down and given real consideration.
Good antiques and collectible are items that draw attention and create conversation. Timeless quality always shines through and the history of a piece should be interesting. Antiques that have a practical use rarely get put into a draw or get forgotten. Visual impact items worthy of investment will keep their appeal so long as you don’t just enjoy them for their value as this may fluctuate. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and an items worth is generally determined by desirability however this can can be influenced by fashion. Fashion goes around in circles and it’s true that value can be affected in the short term because of fashion, this always come round again as does the increase in value.