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Posted: 2017-12-21

The internet has changed the course of jewelry and watch collecting dramatically. At the start of my career in antiques, it was considered almost a kiss of death for a watch to be heavily inscribed with the former owner’s name and/or occasion of receipt. And vintage rings with information engraved inside were quickly taken to a bench jeweler to remove this personalization, since it was so much easier to sell a piece without it.

Posted: 2017-12-21

Today I will write about emeralds past and present. I will talk about a current emerald in our store from a local dealer and offer an update on an emerald I wrote about last year.

First, I will talk about an emerald brought to us by a local resident. It’s very large, and very green, but heavily included (people say “flaws” or “carbon,” but these terms are incorrect. Imperfections in emeralds are often referred to as “Jardin”... French for garden). It is over 15 carats, but the degree of imperfections worried Katrina. As suspected, it came back from GIA as heavily treated.

Posted: 2017-12-21

These past few weeks have been pretty exciting at Hess Fine Art as we’ve been getting ready for our big fall arts, sports, important silver and autograph auction.

This month we purchased three nice paintings. The one pictured is an important watercolor by Otto Eerleman that we purchased from a local art dealer. It depicts Napoleon at a rest stop in France. Our auction estimate is $7000-$9000.

Additionally we bought, from a local retiree an Arts and Crafts mid-century painting for almost $100,000 by a famous Western artist.

Posted: 2017-12-21

Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. had a very cozy relationship early on. In fact, at one point, Patek Philippe and Tiffany even shared the same building in Switzerland, according to many sources.

Patek and Tiffany continued to work hand-in-hand for many years after Tiffany closed their factory in Switzerland. Tiffany loved the quality of Patek but sometimes the cases did not meet the aesthetics that Tiffany customers preferred.

Posted: 2017-12-21

In 1952, Bulova watch company was one of the leading manufacturers of affordable – indeed fine – timepieces in America. In fact, it is often written that in the 1940s and ’50s, they were one of the biggest advertisers of any product of any kind in the U.S.!

Today, few Bulovas are considered highly desirable, as they made fairly mundane watches for the masses. There are a few designs that stand out – like certain Art Deco masterpieces of the 1930s and military watches of the 1940s – but even these only bring $50 to $200.

Posted: 2017-12-20

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These past few weeks have been pretty exciting at Hess Fine Art as we’ve been getting ready for our big fall arts, sports, important silver and autograph auction.
This month we purchased three nice paintings. The one pictured is an important watercolor by Otto Eerleman that we purchased from a local art dealer. It depicts Napoleon at a rest stop in France. Our auction estimate is $7000-$9000.

Posted: 2017-12-20

A few months ago, we boasted about our “robust watchmaking department” with two Rolex- and Audemars Piguettrained watchmakers on staff, and discussed the Rolex President (owned by Paul Stanley of KISS) that we were asked to repair.

Posted: 2017-12-20

Land watches are typically characterized as chronographs and alarm watches. Chronographs at one time were used to time sporting events – most often, horse races and auto races. Any chronograph, working or not, is worth at least $100 and some vintages such as Omega, Breitling and Longines, bring in $500-$2,000 – in steel, and more in gold – even if they don’t work.

Posted: 2017-12-20

It’s been said that millennials aren’t interested in diamonds, but I haven’t found that to be the case. While statistics indicate that they prefer to shop online, diamonds are one of the few items that should never be purchased sight unseen — even experts don’t do that. Why? Because a diamond’s visual impact can vary considerably due to the tiniest differences in cut or polish.

Posted: 2017-12-20

It’s been said that there is a fine line between promotion and advertising. In some languages, the words “propaganda” and “advertising” are the same word!

Nevertheless, promotion of a store or a brand has great “worth.” We were very honored when Seiko asked our store to be one of the original four in the entire U.S. to be authorized dealers for Grand Seiko, a particularly expensive segment of the brand that includes some of the finest watches in the world. Grand Seiko timepieces start at $4,000 — and we have actuallly sold some limited-edition gold ones for $25,000.

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