Ever wonder if you made the right choice on dropping out of an auction?

Ever wonder if you made the right choice on dropping out of an auction?
Recently I was following a squash blossom necklace that was signed “LC”.

In the beginning I was willing bid what it took to get it. But after the bidding got closer to 500.00 I though to myself. Yikes!

What if was coin silver and not sterling. The seller could not offer any additional information. I do know much of the older Native American stuff is not marked for silver content.

Squash Blossom necklaces are not exactly a rare item. They are very abundant on line. So I figured it would be better to back down unless I knew for sure it was sterling. Of course weeks later I am still wondering if only I had hung in there that piece would have been mine!

In other words I am wondering what determines the value of these pieces. The silver content? The workmanship? The size of the turquoise stones? The signature?

Gee in today’s economy I am surprise that there is any bidding competition.

With us dealers and collectors the urge to obtain, to have and own is a strong.

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  1. ocdgirl2000 says:

    Well, when I USED to list and sell on feebay, I would do a test spot on the sterling (I did this for gold as well) to show the results. I did the same thing with simichrome for Bakelite.The funny thing about showing your chemical tests in photos when you construct your listing, is that MOST people who sell, do not do that, and when YOU do that, the other sellers sometimes see it as a threat, since buyers may start asking to see these tests in photos, and not every seller knows how to chemical test, nor will they spend the time showing the results in photos. That’s what can give you an edge in selling sterling that is not marked. I did this with a very old sand cast Navajo piece and it sold at a very good price. Additionally, the initials could have very well been from a very early artisan that was “known”.

    When I don’t know enough information from a seller, or a listing, I ask questions first, like what is the weight? The measurements not just in length, but the depth or thickness, the length, width, and depth of the stone cabochons, and the condition or intricate description of the turquoise. Such as veining, color, and consistency of the other stones in their colors.

    If the auction does not have any of that in it, then I would be suspicious, if the price was going high. I think most of us who know how to sell online successfully will be able to include as many details and photos as possible, including having great magnification lenses on our digital cameras. That is a VERY important thing to have if you expect to sell something of value that has detailed markings or content that one MUST see in order to confirm the authenticity and quality.

    There are plenty of newer sterling squash blossom necklaces that are smaller, not nearly as dense and well made as the older pieces. If you ask the questions, the seller needs to know the answers. That’s all I can say about it. If they can’t offer you much more than the bare minimum, then you are gambling by bidding on their item.

    I wouldn’t feel bad about it, just feel glad that you didn’t gamble, and another piece will come your way one day!