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Posted: 2019-06-28

Instead of writing about what something is worth today, we are going to take this opportunity to invite you to meet us in person at the Tampa Bay Times Women’s Expo. The expo will not only feature make-and-takes, cooking demos, spa services, and seminars on a wide range of women’s interests (not the least of which include jewelry and fine art) – but an opportunity to meet Katrina and me. Taking place on Saturday, April Presented by 20, at The Coliseum in downtown St. Pete, we are the major sponsor of the event. Plus, admission is free!

Posted: 2019-06-28

Most people realize that old Rolex sports watches like Submariners, Daytonas, GMTs and Explorers go for fabulous money even in stainless steel. This week we are showing a couple of unusual Rolexes that you rarely see and that are highly collectible. The one on the left is an example of one of the few limited editions Rolex has ever made — the King Midas. It weighs an amazing 191 grams. Because these watches weren’t popular at the time and are usually beat up, we rarely pay over the gold value, which is approximately $5,300.

Posted: 2019-06-28

The Edwardian Era was a much-celebrated period when artisans were creating amazing jewelry that bridged the gap between the Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Pieces were often characterized by bi-metal with gold in back and platinum in front, very white, and older-cut diamonds and gemstones typically facing up, very white.

Posted: 2019-06-27

Rolex Submariners have been the mainstay of the watch collections of men of means since the 1970s. First launched in the 1950s, the Rolex Submariner took a few years to catch on — but by the ’80s the Submariner was Rolex’s most popular and enduring design. Millions were manufactured, and this watch has remained the single most popular watch.

Posted: 2019-06-27

From time to time in What’s It Worth, we discuss specific memorable encounters with Tampa Bay residents. After all, the value of this column is as much about human nature as it is about dollars and cents.

In 1991 an absolutely beautiful woman came to our store wanting to sell some old jewelry. From a small beaded bag, she pulled a 10.8 carat diamond ring and a platinum diamond bracelet.

Posted: 2019-06-15

The Western Case Company was a short-lived business for a few years before it was bought by a large American watch company. They employed artisans from all walks of life including Swiss immigrants, enamelists and case makers.

Posted: 2019-06-15

Often when we write a column about a particular subject, it generates interest in our two stores for both buying and selling. Last month’s column about mid-century modern enticed a forward-thinking Tampa resident to bring us perhaps the mother lode of mid-century modern.

Why the mother lode? Because these two rings are a couple of the heaviest and most unusual rings we have ever seen. Additionally, he retained the original artist paperwork (Barry Merritt) outlining the original cost and signed by the artist.

Posted: 2019-06-15

There is a fascinating phenomenon in the world of art, jewelry and antiques. Simply put, things once considered ugly by one generation become incredibly beautiful and/or valuable in the eyes of a later generation.

It’s not that difficult to explain. Let’s examine the phenomenon of “freeform” or “modernist” or “brutalist” jewelry.

Posted: 2019-06-15

While we were fortunate enough to see hundreds of items at the Expo last week, we thought we’d choose a few items we appraised and valued for this column.

We had the chance to meet hundreds of people and appraise a lot of unique items – including expensive paintings, large diamonds and a range of antiques. Most of these pictures are low-resolution cellphone photos, and some are even pictures of other pictures, but you will get the idea.

Posted: 2019-06-15

Today’s column is informational and an ad, and we are asking you to bring in important or older baseball memorabilia for an upcoming auction.

Before championship rings were given out, medals and pocket watch fobs were given to athletes for championships. Today we’re talking about old and new baseball collectibles and our upcoming sports memorabilia sale, for which we are seeking items for consignment. Any championship rings and pre- 1960s signed baseballs and memorabilia are wanted. We only accept baseball cards if they are pre-1950s.

GIA, Gemological Institute of America Inc IWJG, International Watch and Jewelry Guild NAWCC, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Inc DDC, Diamond Dealers Club New York ISG Global Network