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Posted: 2018-05-24

During the early to mid 20th century, most people of means who went on the grand European tour brought back from Italy a small pin, sculpture, or ring made of so-called “mini mosaics.”

Mini mosaics have been an Italian mainstay in décor and architecture for hundreds of years. The jewelry is painstakingly made with hundreds to thousands of tiny stones inlaid by an artisan to create a scene often depicting Roman ruins or other aspects of Italian art and history.

Posted: 2018-05-24

We predicted many years ago that LED/ LCD would become collectible, and indeed, these types of watches have an important, though not well-defined, position in the collectibles marketplace.

Because of the myriad of complications available on them these can be worth $20-$30 for parts or $20,000 for early examples, like the early 18k gold Pulsar (shown) (only a few hundred made).

Posted: 2018-06-07

When I co-founded Jewelry Appraisal Services of Houston in 1994, my goal was to have the finest appraisal service in Houston. I achieved this by hard work and heavy networking. Eventually I not only worked closely with Tiffany, Tourneau and Cartier, but I also wrote and taught a seminal class to local insurance agents about valuation theory.

Until marrying Jeff, I didn’t know I would also enjoy actually selling these fine objects I had become an expert in. And I just love it. But I still love good old valuation theory.

Posted: 2018-05-24

The retro deco movement wasn’t really a movement but named by dealers for the unhinged, crazy design period shortly after the Art Deco period.

Art Deco was all about straight lines and sharp angles. The response at the end of the period led to designers following some unusual paths. Jewelry, furniture and even paintings exhibited some of these outlandish, almost freeform ideas.

We featured similar watches years ago, but when this item was sent to us by a Los Angeles antique dealer, we thought we would show it to you and let you see for yourself.

Posted: 2018-04-19

Collectibles come in many forms, and not only antiques.

Mid-century modern is a term thrown around a lot, describing the style of things made from the 1950s to the 1980s.

We recently bought from an estate sale a huge collection of art moderne by famed designer Jennifer Kalled.

Ms. Kalled started her craft in Arizona in the mid-’80s with a more southwestern or Native American style, and gradually moved to a

Klimt-like style (referring to Gustav Klimt, the famed Austrian symbolist, and secessionist).

Posted: 2018-04-19

We were recently consigned for auction an incredible bit of history with terrific provenance.

A jeweler from Ohio bought from the family of Colonel Edward Allen Noyes, a famous WWI veteran/doctor/medic and distinguished 1916 graduate of military medical school. His military and medical records have been heavily documented and well published.

Posted: 2018-04-19

Things change. We know that. Times change and tastes change. Sometimes we are ahead of the curve (we recognized the beauty and funkiness of old cut euro and old mine diamonds back in the ’80s) and sometimes we are behind the curve.

While not quite blindsided by the mid-century modern craze that started over 15 years ago, we were not ready for just how HOT this stuff is.

Posted: 2018-03-17

Jade is difficult to understand, and values fluctuate wildly – from $3 to thousands per carat. For years, we were not able to master this multilayered gem with so many uses, definitions and colors.

Posted: 2018-04-19

Jade valuation is determined by many factors — technical, aesthetic, scientific and historical. Jade has been used for millennia as adornment as well as for utilitarian purposes, such as cups, saucers, and buckles. Ancient pieces of jade were repurposed centuries later as jewelry. It comes in many forms, including jadeite and nephrite.

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.