What it's Worth

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? 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.

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? The Renaissance Of Mid-Century Modern

What's It Worth? The Renaissance Of Mid-Century Modern

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

Things change. We know that. Times change and tastes change. Sometimes we are ahead of the curve (we recognized the beauty and funkiness of old cut euro and old mine diamonds back in the ’80s) and sometimes we are behind the curve.

While not quite blindsided by the mid-century modern craze that started over 15 years ago, we were not ready for just how HOT this stuff is.

What's It Worth? The Many Shades Of Jade

What’s It Worth? The Many Shades Of Jade

Jade valuation is determined by many factors — technical, aesthetic, scientific and historical. Jade has been used for millennia as adornment as well as for utilitarian purposes, such as cups, saucers and buckles. Ancient pieces of jade were repurposed centuries later as jewelry. It comes in many forms, including jadeite and nephrite.

What’s It Worth? The Value Of Jade? It’s Complicated

What’s It Worth? The Value Of Jade? It’s Complicated

Jade is difficult to understand, and values fluctuate wildly – from $3 to thousands per carat. For years, we were not able to master this multilayered gem with so many uses, definitions and colors.

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