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What’s It Worth? The Collectible Flair Of Mid-Century Modern

What’s It Worth? The Collectible Flair Of Mid-Century Modern

When we first went into the antique business in the 1980s, no one wanted that ugly 1950s and ’60s modernist 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? What’s It Really, Really Worth?

What’s It Worth? What’s It Really, Really Worth?

As we have discussed in the past, “worth” is a multifaceted and often confusing word. (As a previous president famously said, “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.”)

What’s It Worth? Old Mountings Have (And Give) New Value

What’s It Worth? Old Mountings Have (And Give) New Value

Just like last week, some things are more valuable than you might expect. Vintage ring mountings without center stones are currently in high demand because of the interest among millennials for old-cut, mine-cut and Eurocut diamonds, as well as their desire for more traditional jewelry.

What’s It Worth? The Thing About Appraisals: It’s Complicated

What’s It Worth? The Thing About Appraisals: It’s Complicated

Often, when asked to appraise an item of value, visitors in our stores or offices seem a bit befuddled and sometimes even annoyed at our resulting follow-up questions. When we ask “What kind of appraisal value?” we always explain that the conventional definitions of appraisal often differ from the official meanings of the word. Here I will share a condensed version of the various definitions and uses of the word.

What’s It Worth? The Stunning Perfection Of A Golconda Diamond

What’s It Worth? The Stunning Perfection Of A Golconda Diamond

Another jeweler from California called a few months ago about an amazing Tiffany diamond and needed guidance. From the photos, we suspected that it might be an incredible historical find. We urged him to allow us to send it to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), after we noticed its incredible color. We felt this was a rare, so-called Golconda white, type IIa – known not just for their D color, but whiter-than-D color.

What’s It Worth? The 411 On Aquamarine

What’s It Worth? The 411 On Aquamarine

We recently purchased three extraordinary examples of midcentury modern aquamarine jewelry.

What’s It Worth? Art Deco Splendor From Cartier

What’s It Worth? Art Deco Splendor From Cartier

Only 50 percent of the items we sell online are acquired from the public. We get the other half from jewelers, pawnbrokers and dealers from the Americas and Europe.

What’s It Worth? The Value & Collectibility Of Repeaters

What’s It Worth? The Value & Collectibility Of Repeaters

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.

What’s It Worth? When The Sum Of Its Parts Is The Greater Value

What’s It Worth? When The Sum Of Its Parts Is The Greater Value

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.

What’s It Worth? Patek Philippe – The Consummate Swiss Watchmaker

What’s It Worth? Patek Philippe – The Consummate Swiss Watchmaker

The inspired creations of Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe & Co. are regularly considered the most prestigious and collectible of timepieces.

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