• 6
    Nov

True Blue: Knowing the True Value of Turquoise

What’s in a name? When it comes to buying jewelry, this can be a very important question. And when it comes to gemstones, finding out exactly what is in the name can mean the difference between buying a natural stone and paying for a cheap imitation. Turquoise is a good example of the necessity of […]

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  • 21
    Apr

9 Hot Collectibles Categories to Consider for Investment Potential

Some collectors consider investment potential when buying antiques and collectibles. While not everyone agrees with this approach, a number of auctioneers and dealers gave their views on items with the most investment potential or that are currently “hot.” Auctioneers generally agree that today’s environment is much different from several years ago. Millennials—those people born between […]

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  • 14
    Apr

Secret Message Found Etched in Lincoln’s Watch

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, we are reposting this article about a hidden message discovered scrawled inside the president’s pocket watch. An article posted by the Associated Press in March of 2009 immediately captured the imagination of our watch expert David Mycko, who wrote about the watch—a […]

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  • 15
    Mar

One-Day Jewelry Camp Offers Information on Learning the Appraising Business

Do you have a desire to get into the jewelry appraising business but don’t know where to start? If so, the upcoming one-day Antique Jewelry and Arts Conference might be what you are looking for to get started. The one-day course—which is designed for those who have a background in jewelry but is also a […]

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  • 6
    Feb

Selling Your Gold: What You Should Know About the Process

As a professional independent appraiser, people have come to me over the years to sell their gold. During the consultation, I would sort their gold items into what should be sold for gold weight and what should be sold as jewelry (usually antique). This article is to help educate you on how to sell your […]

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  • 2
    Dec

‘Thrift Hunter’ Jason T. Smith to Attend Christmas-Themed Tiki Event in SoCal

Jason T. Smith, the star of “Thrift Hunters” and a WorthPoint Worthologist with a penchant for all things tiki, will be bringing dozens of Polynesian-themed items to sell at the International Tiki Marketplace Holiday Edition Saturday, Dec. 6 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, Calif. The event—which will feature some 40-plus tiki vendors, live […]

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  • 10
    Jul

Sotheby’s to sell the ‘Henry Graves Supercomplication’ – the ‘Holy Grail’ of Watches

GENEVA – A masterpiece of horology, the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch—made by Patek Philippe in 1933—is the most famous watch in the world and it is coming back to the market 15 years after setting a world-record auction price for a watch. Known as the most complicated watch ever made completely by human hands, the […]

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  • 1
    May

28-Carat Kashmir Sapphire sets Price-Per-Carat Record at Sotheby’s Auction

NEW YORK – An exceptional, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for $5,093,000 on April 29 at Sotheby’s, setting a new world auction record price per carat for any sapphire. The square, emerald-cut sapphire weighs 28.18 carats and is one of the finest sapphires ever to appear at auction, described by the American Gemological Laboratories […]

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  • 20
    Mar

Estate Sale Misidentification Almost leads to Melting of $33M Fabergé Egg

What a difference a few minutes of research can make. If you haven’t heard by now, collectors around the globe are talking about the discovery of the third Imperial Russian Fabergé egg, identified last week by Kieran McCarthy of London’s Wartski jewelers. The Fabergé community is extremely excited about the find, as the egg has […]

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  • 18
    Feb

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Royal Doulton Copy, B. David Jewelry

QUESTION: I have a Royal Doulton “Lavinia” figure that I received from my grandmother. The logo on the bottom does not match the logo I found on websites featuring Royal Doulton marks. There is an “HN” but no number after it. What exactly do I have? – BN, by email. ANSWER: The first rule in […]

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