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What's It Worth? The Brief But Delightful Edwardian Period

What’s It Worth? The Brief But Delightful Edwardian Period

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.

What's It Worth? The Venerable, Ever-Collectible Rolex Submariner

What’s It Worth? The Venerable, Ever-Collectible Rolex Submariner

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.

What's It Worth? On Sparkling Eyes and Burying The Lead

What's It Worth? On Sparkling Eyes and Burying The Lead

What’s It Worth? On Sparkling Eyes and Burying The Lead

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.

What's It Worth? The Height Of American Timepiece Craftsmanship

What’s It Worth? The Height Of American Timepiece Craftsmanship

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.

What's It Worth? Mid-Century Modern Redux

What’s It Worth? Mid-Century Modern Redux

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.

What's It Worth? Why, How & When Tastes Change

What’s It Worth? Why, How & When Tastes Change

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.

What's It Worth? Reflections On The Women's Expo

What’s It Worth? Reflections On The Women’s Expo

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.

What's It Worth? Old Vs New Baseball Memorabilia Auction

What’s It Worth? Old Vs New Baseball Memorabilia Auction

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.

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