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What’s It Worth? On Buying Championship Rings

What’s It Worth? On Buying Championship Rings

We started buying championship men’s rings in 1984 on Fourth Street, when we bought a 1951 Yankees ring. It was from a retired player and brought a paltry price by today’s standards – $12,000  for our customer (minus our 25 percent commission).

What’s It Worth? The Role Of Cut In The Value Of Diamonds

What’s It Worth? The Role Of Cut In The Value Of Diamonds

While it’s universally accepted among gemologists that round brilliant-cut diamonds are the only diamonds that hold their value, we at Old Northeast Jewelers favor a number of other cuts. My personal choice is the emerald cut, because it can be used with a variety of designs – including Art Deco and other unusual styles that lend themselves to the rectangular, streamlined look of emerald-cut stones. I personally collect for my customers more unusual shapes, like kites and rhomboids, along with other more interestingly shaped stones.

What’s It Worth? When Buying Diamonds, Trust But Verify

What’s It Worth? When Buying Diamonds, Trust But Verify

Recently, we had two cases of local people getting hoodwinked by unscrupulous diamond dealers. Buying diamonds should be fun. Whether you prefer brightly lit mall stores, celebrity jewelers or big diamond houses – or even if you like the more educated sale we offer at Old Northeast – it can and should be fun and enlightening. Buying and selling diamonds by the look of the diamond – the way it speaks to you – is a lost experience. Too often people are simply buying paper.

What’s It Worth? More Facts And Lore About Tiffany’s

What’s It Worth? More Facts And Lore About Tiffany’s

What’s It Worth? More Facts And Lore About Tiffany’s
Following last week’s article, more details about Tiffany …
1. The Tiffany belt buckle. There is a 99.9% chance it is fake. Tiffany did not make bronze belt buckles that you see online. They are fake.
2. Tiffany sold Colt pistols; they can be worth a fortune.

What’s It Worth? Tiffany's - Sifting The Facts From The Fiction

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There is much confusion about the term and brand name Tiffany, as the name has had many incarnations. That includes certain engagement ring mountings. The only true Tiffany mounting is signed Tiffany. It is not a generic term.

What’s It Worth? Sometimes A Makeover Is All You Need

What’s It Worth? Sometimes A Makeover Is All You Need

This rather dated circa-1970s 2.08 ct diamond was brought to us by a lovely, distraught woman who had inadvertently dropped her precious ring down the garbage disposal. While diamonds are very hard, they are also brittle – and will break and crack under pressure, especially the edge or girdle of the diamond.

What’s It Worth? Fashion Vs. Style Vs. Weight

Often there are mitigating circumstances that make the most beautiful bracelets worth less than you’d expect. It this case, the 1940s retro deco, rose and green gold styling would indicate a value of $5,000  – $7,000 .

What’s It Worth? All About Emeralds

Emerald is one of the most beautiful gemstones in the world. It is also one of the most misunderstood – and difficult to put a value on. Emeralds are actually beryl. Beryl’s name changes according to its natural color. Both morganite (a soft pink), and aquamarine are beryl. When medium to deep intense green, beryl is emerald.

Emeralds are at once common and incredibly abundant, and conversely – as in the case of true gem-quality stones – unbelievably rare and expensive.

What’s It Worth? When Research Equals Evaluation

What’s It Worth? When Research Equals Evaluation

A jeweler in Illinois called us to “crack the code” of a ring he had purchased. He knew it had some importance, but couldn’t figure out what. The seal on the intagliocarved amethyst depicted a papal hat from Cairo. On the inside was engraved C.R.H. JAN. 12, 1871, A.Mc.K.T.W ST. MARKS.

What’s It Worth? The Vicissitudes Of Cameo Collecting

What’s It Worth? The Vicissitudes Of Cameo Collecting

Cameo collecting reached its peak in the 1980s with collectors clamoring for the finest, most deftly cut and interesting pieces – and some of them fetched $10,000  or more. Sadly, cameo collecting in 2016 is at its nadir – typically bringing 10 to 25 percent of the 1980s-era value.

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