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What's It Worth? Worth - In This Business, Sometimes You Just Get Lucky

What’s It Worth? Worth - In This Business, Sometimes You Just Get Lucky

So, a couple of weeks ago, we recieved a note from a reader who said:

“Mr. & Mrs. Hess, I love your interesting columns. I know they are actually ads, but I appreciate your sharing of facts. However, you always point out that you only make a modest profit. Is this true? Surely you have made some tremendous profits, too. Can you share some of these? I realize this may be embarrassing – but it would be fun, don’t you think?”

What's It Worth? - When Value Collides With World Events

What’s It Worth? - When Value Collides With World Events

What’s It Worth? - When Value Collides With World Events

Like last week, this article is about back in the day — but with the added entertainment value of me having lost $40,000 .

What's It Worth? - Mid-Century Magic

What’s It Worth? - Mid-Century Magic

The 1950s to 1980s are the hot trend today.

When we first went into the antique business in the 1980s, no one wanted that ugly (at the time) 1950s and ’60s modern-ist design; the bizarre clock in your mom’s kitchen or the odd Danish-designed table in your parents’ den was not so much collectible as old hat.

What's It Worth? - Is It An Eye Or A Star Precious Or Not

What's It Worth? - Is It An Eye Or A Star Precious Or Not

What’s It Worth? - Is It An Eye Or A Star Precious Or Not “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” The eye is in the beholder … right?

This old adage is particularly true with gemstones. When folks bring in antique (or modern) rings to sell, there seems to be some confusion between a star sapphire, a cat’s eye and a tiger’s eye.

Let’s start with tiger’s eye. Tiger’s eye (Fig. 1)

What's It Worth? What's It Really Worth? That Depends

What's It Worth? What's It Really Worth? That Depends

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.

What's It Worth? Mosaic Jewelry and the Grand Tour

What’s It Worth? Mosaic Jewelry and the Grand Tour

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.

What's It Worth? The Design Excesses Of Retro Deco

Whats It Worth - The Design Excesses of Retro Deco

What’s It Worth? The Design Excesses Of Retro Deco

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.

What's It Worth? LED and LCD Watches Come Of Age

What’s It Worth? LED and LCD Watches Come Of Age

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.

What's It Worth? The Stunning Craftsmanship Of Jennifer Kalled

What's It Worth? The Stunning Craftsmanship Of Jennifer Kalled

What’s It Worth? The Stunning Craftsmanship Of Jennifer Kalled

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.

What's It Worth? More Than A Military Ring And Pocket Watch

What's It Worth? More Than A Military Ring And Pocket Watch

What’s It Worth? More Than A Military Ring And Pocket Watch

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.

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