While most watch collectors know that repeaters are collectible, not all repeaters are the same. This type of watch tells time with a series of bells or gongs, so that you can know the time without looking at your watch. This was especially handy when one would travel at night by stagecoach or when light was scarce. Repeaters have a slide or push button on the side that you engage, which makes the watch gong.
Typically, there is a large premium for high-color, high clarity diamond rings, earrings and necklaces that are well made and signed by a famous maker. However, sometimes, a piece is so extraordinary and so high grade that the individual components are worth more than the overall piece.
The inspired creations of Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe & Co. are regularly considered the most prestigious and collectible of timepieces.
In business since 1851, Patek Philippe began as a collaboration between Antoni Norbert de Patek and Jean Adrien Philippe (inventor of the keyless winding mechanism). In the early 1850s through the 1860s the movements were unremarkable, but their cases extraordinary. Later, they improved and invented new ways to tell time.
Abercrombie & Fitch, an upscale sporting goods store established in 1892, is one of the most prestigious in the world, particularly in New York City. Any item with the Abercrombie & Fitch name affixed – clothing, furniture, camping equipment, hunting supplies, jewelry or watches – can have collectible value.
The popularity of diamond cuts waxes and wanes according to rarity, whims, popularity and personal style. In the 1970s for instance, marquise-cut diamonds were all the rage. Today, marquise cuts are almost unsellable unless of very high color and clarity – and even then they are heavily discounted. The princess cut, once the second most popular cut, is now beginning to fade a bit in many parts of the country.
When you think of lasers, what comes to mind? Science fiction movies? Futuristic military operations? Meticulous surgical procedures? If so, you’re not wrong – but you can now add another skillset to the laser’s resume.
Old Northeast Jewelers has just acquired one of the only 125-joule laser welders in Florida. And no, we are not planning to destroy a space probe or get into the cataract-removal business. Instead, we are going to repair your jewelry with it – in a clean, efficient and cost effective manner that will keep your jewelry undamaged.
As one of the oldest forms of jewelry, charms offer women the opportunity to adorn themselves in a quaint, very personal way. Scholars insist that charms were first worn by men and women more than 50,000 years ago as souvenirs and adornments, and were just pretty shells or stones. They became a good luck symbol (or charm) and were noted as a religious identifier 2,000 years ago.
As a longtime collector of watches, Mr. Hess takes his Hamilton collection very personally. He has written extensively in magazines and periodicals about the history of the Hamilton Watch company and is considered an expert on the subject worldwide. He is currently working on his third book about Hamilton.
We started buying championship men’s rings in 1984 on Fourth Street, when we bought a 1951 Yankees ring. It was from a retired player and brought a paltry price by today’s standards – $12,000 for our customer (minus our 25 percent commission).
More than half of our estate and antique goods come from other jewelers around the country.
This week was a special week for our estate department – as it seemed to be Art Deco Week at Old Northeast Jewelers.
Pictured at top is a pin of emerald green quartz and fine diamonds in platinum, which we value at about $3,000 retail. It was sent to us by a Naples, Florida, jeweler.