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What’s It Worth? Jade Pin

Jade valuation is determined by many factors — some technical, some aesthetic, some scientific and some historical. Jade has been used for millennia as adornment as well as for utilitarian purposes, such as cups, saucers and buckles. Many ancient pieces of jade were repurposed in the 1880s and 1890s as jewelry. It comes in many forms, including jadeite — the finest form — and nephrite.

What’s It Worth? The “Tiffany Of Philadelphia”

What’s It Worth? The “Tiffany Of Philadelphia”

While we are known as Tampa Bay’s luxury watch specialists, we also obviously love fine vintage estate pieces.

Many estate jewelers and fine and decorative arts dealers, like our sister company Hess Fine Art, often tout and aspire to own items made by, sold or manufactured for the “big two” – Cartier and Tiffany.

Whats It Worth? The Maximum Impact Of Micro Mosaic Art

Whats It Worth? The Maximum Impact Of Micro Mosaic Art

Micro mosaic art has been around for centuries. Its heyday was between the 1870s and 1920s, when some extraordinary pieces were made. Every piece here is in our current inventory at Old Northeast.

Micro mosaic is an ancient art that is painstakingly crafted by hand with tiny pieces of glass called tesserae. All these creations were purchased by us in the last seven days.

What’s It Worth? The Bold, Unique Silver Of Taxco

What’s It Worth? The Bold, Unique Silver Of Taxco

What’s It Worth? The Bold, Unique Silver Of Taxco

In the 1940s and ’50s, Taxco, Mexico, became the hub for national silver arts as well as for Americans who went to live, work and create in what is arguably one of the arts and crafts meccas of the world.

Whats It Worth? Glass, Crass... Or Cash?

Whats It Worth? Glass, Crass... Or Cash?

Crystals such as these are some of the most misunderstood non-gemstones in the world. This unusual art form made from glass crystals hollowed out and reverse painted is known as Essex Crystals.

What’s It Worth? All-American Gems

What’s It Worth - All-American Gems

The Times wanted me to come up with something clever for Thanksgiving week, but this is all I could come up with. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. Did you know that many rare gemstones are uniquely American as well? (See what I did there? O.K., not that clever, I get it.) Our national colors of red, white and blue are also found in the ground itself – in the soil and rivers all over the U.S.

What’s It Worth? It’s All In The Backstory

What’s It Worth? It’s All In The Backstory

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.

What’s It Worth? Emeralds Past And Present

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.

What’s It Worth? Experience A Glimpse Into Our World’s History

What’s It Worth - Experience A Glimpse Into Our World’s History

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.

What’s It Worth? Two Titans Craft A Masterpiece

What’s It Worth - Two Titans Craft A Masterpiece

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.

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