OPEN EDITION PRINTS
These are often the least expensive type of art. Most are mass produced, often using lower grades of paper and ink that may not last as long as better quality art. If the image is popular, the publisher will keep printing more until demand eventually subsides.
Prints are typically framed using mats and glass. Inexpensive prints are often framed decoratively, to coordinate with the decor of the room where they will be displayed. Due to the low cost of most open edition prints, the option exists not to use conservation framing materials, but an investment in higher quality materials will help the item last longer, regardless of the value of the art.
Some publishers use high quality printers, inks, and paper to produce high quality Giclee prints. Many of them are open edition, but they are the caliber of many limited edition works.
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
Unlike open edition prints, limited editions have the potental to increase in value.
When the artist signs and numbers prints, they automatically tend to start out at a higher price.
To insure that both the current and potential future value is protected, conservation framing is suggested.
Limited editions are treated more like original art in that they are generally framed in a more neutral and classic fashion.