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What’s It Worth? Fair Market Value vs Celebrity Value

What’s It Worth? Fair Market Value vs Celebrity Value

What’s It Worth? FAIR MARKET VALUE vs CELEBRITY VALUE

Even though we have a robust watchmaking department with two Rolex- and Audemars Piguet-trained watchmakers on staff, we were nonetheless surprised when Paul Stanley of Kiss called us recently to restore his Rolex President watch. When the restoration was complete, we asked permission from Mr. Stanley to boast of our accomplishment.

Will nearly 3M Apple Watches sold hurt Swiss watch industry? Meet some non-worriers

It was meant to be a “debate “over whether the Apple Watch would impact the Swiss watch industry, but even the futurist on a Watch Collectors’ Roundtable panel assembled at the Aaron Faber Gallery in New York confessed to being a Rolex man.

Seized Ponzi Spoils Heading to Auction

Seized Ponzi Spoils Heading to Auction

A St. Petersburg business will drop the gavel on items linked to schemer Scott Rothstein

See huge, detailed photos of all items up for auction.

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What’s It Worth? Bugs? In Jewelry?

What’s It Worth? - Bugs? In Jewelry?

Yes, Really. Many people don’t know, and some who do are appalled. But in Victorian England and the US – as well as a few select other countries – animals, bugs and insects were frequently incorporated into jewelry. Often designed with the addition of stunning gemstones, the wearing of this sort of jewelry was an ages-old tradition. In the 1950s, reproductions were made with myriad semi-precious and synthetic gemstones.

What’s It Worth? Are Diamonds A Good Investment?

What’s It Worth? - Are Diamonds A Good Investment?

That depends. While marketing people say diamonds are a good investment, the truth is that unless you keep your diamond or diamond jewelry for many years, or there is something special about your item, that is not the case.

That being said, there are three exceptions to this rule.

What’s It Worth? Hamilton — Leader In Oddly Shaped Watches

What’s It Worth? Hamilton — Leader In Oddly Shaped Watches

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.

What’s It Worth? Garnets — A Potpourri Of Color, Sparkle, Value

What’s It Worth? Garnets — A Potpourri Of Color, Sparkle, Value

The garnet is one of the most plentiful gemstones in the world. Most garnets are inexpensive gems and are characterized as red Bohemian garnets. Other types include the tsavorite garnet and the exciting demantoid garnet — so named because its brilliance resembles that of diamonds. Demantoids are often mistaken for emeralds, but are worth far more than most emeralds. While loose Bohemian garnets can be bought for a few dollars a carat, some demantoids — especially in jewelry — can bring hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, if they are large in size and set in exciting jewelry.

What’s It Worth? 1936 Men’s Hamilton Fireman Pocket Watch

What’s It Worth? 1936 Men’s Hamilton Fireman Pocket Watch

Many items are worth more than their gold value. It takes an expert to know the difference — and to share that knowledge with you. This small, heavy art deco men’s Hamilton from 1936 is an excellent example. This watch was given to a St. Petersburg fire chief in the 1930s and has fine blue enamel specialorder decorations on the back cover and an inscription on the inside.

What’s It Worth? Sapphire & Diamond Art Deco Pin

What’s It Worth? Sapphire & Diamond Art Deco Pin

A local dealer brought in this incredible sapphire and diamond art deco pin from the 1930s for identification and purchase. It did not fetch the amount he had hoped for because we determined that the sapphire was not natural, but synthetic. While inspecting the sapphire under a high-powered microscope, we noticed the curved striae and growth line that indicate it is a synthetic stone. We were, however, able to place another extremely important sapphire from another jeweler for $750,000 .

What’s It Worth? Rolex Daytonas

What’s It Worth? Rolex Daytonas

All Rolex Daytonas are not equal. Condition, style and manufacturing date are all important when determining their worth. The three Rolex Daytonas pictured are all stainless steel, but they have vastly different values. At left is a commonplace, circa 2000 normal-dial Daytona. Depending on condition, it is worth anywhere from $7,000  to $9,000 . In the center is a a 1980-era Daytona.

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