Recently, a Philadelphia jeweler offered us this platinum tiara — with over 25 carats of fine white diamonds — for purchase. While the appraisal value is likely $75,000 to $85,000, the jeweler was asking $25,000.
For some reason, boxes of any kind have been a staple of collectibility across all ages, income brackets and societal demographics. It doesn’t matter what era the box comes from – all sizes are sought after. From small snuff boxes (as we have written about) to large humidors.
Boxes can be used for carrying just about anything – valuables, jewelry, keepsakes, business cards or pills – or can simply be decorative. They can be made of rare woods, crystal, gold, silver – or even horn, ivory or tortoise shell (though the last few are highly protected now).
Tiffany had many designers over the years, and in fact some of the early pre-Tiffany and Company days utiliilized the talents of women who weren’t allowed to be credited. Scores of talented women designed windows and other art that ultimately was signed by Tiffany Studios, a precursor to today’s Tiffany. Later, however, some women — like Elssa Peretti and Paloma Picasso — were given the credit they deserved.
We recently were able to buy a fantastic platinum, diamond and cultured pearl necklace made by Tiffany in 2006 for one of their more exclusive lines called the Voile Collection.
This collection was undoubtedly made in response to the 21st century fascination with art deco and Victorian antiques. It features 198 perfectly matched cultured pearls, all set in platinum, with D to F color and VS1 clarity ultrafine white diamonds.
We bought this mid-century modern, Tiffany and Co. 155-gram 14K gold and jade box from a North Carolina Jeweler for only 5 percent over gold value, which was $4,800. While we would love to be able to sell it for double what we paid for it, which was the profit margin jewelers aimed for back in the day, in this day — with gold valued at over $1,500 an ounce — it’s just not feasible.
Ninety-nine percent of opals are what we a call commercial opals. Meaning, whitish with a small play of color. The play of color makes all the difference in the evaluation of opals. Most white opals have little fire or color play. Finer opals have brilliant color play. More sought- after opals are so-called black opals, which are black and dark blue or reddish purple, etc. This week, we obtained three cool examples.
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 – which will feature exhibits, seminars and education on a wide range of women’s interests (not the least of which include jewelry and fine art). Taking place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Florida State Fairgrounds in the Entertainment Hall, we are the major Presented by sponsor of the event. Plus, admission is free!
In many countries, gold is considered portable wealth — in the U.S., not so much. While the concept may not resonate with Americans, it does in many countries including Asian and Indo-Persian countries. Gold that is 21K, 22K, 23K and 24K is often worn as jewelry. These pieces rarely sell for more than the melt value and they typically weigh in at even numbers such as half an ounce, 1 ounce and one-and-a-half ounces. Like jewelry in the U.S., they are worn for adornment; but wearers have the additional satisfaction of knowing they have something stashed away for a rainy day.
We have prided ourselves on being one of Tampa Bay’s most successful purveyors of luxury watches for many years, often mentioning our “Swiss and German” expertise. Seiko Tuna Can 6159.
But another brand, Seiko $500-$1,000 (and more specifially, Grand Seiko), really appeals to us on a number of levels.
Recently, a California dealer found a real treasure at a local Los Angeles auction. It was damaged and short and he didn’t know what to do with it, so he asked us to partner with him to purchase it because we have two Master Jewelers, one who is an expert at laser welding and another who is a trained European Master Jeweler. He was able to buy this for an advantageous price of only $5,000, and asked if we could fix the fine filigree, replace the old cut diamonds, and repair the bracelet.