Estate Jewelry Appraisal
In recent years, it seems there has been a growing interest in jewelry items that have a past. While the allure of shiny new charms in glass cases still entices mall goers and passersby, the mystery and glamour behind estate jewelry is proving to have a big impact on the market. Estate is a broad term; it doesn’t necessarily limit itself to fine quality gems or only the most precious of metals. Jewelry accompanied with the title of estate simply indicates that the piece has been previously owned, whether the previous owner is deceased or not. These items are often sold as is and at a discounted price compared to those sold brand new. When considering purchasing an estate jewelry piece, or if you have inherited one, you should inspect it closely. The most important features relating to value are the ones seen with the naked eye. Make sure no stones are missing, there are no chips that could be damaged further, and there is no dreaded “Made In China” marking etched in anywhere. If you are purchasing, you should ask the dealer if any repairs were made and what they were. It is important to have a jewelry item, especially one that was previously owned, appraised for value and insurance. This way, a more thorough and professional examination can be performed.
Two words that often accompany estate on jewelry tags are antique and vintage. These terms are not interchangeable and it is very important to know the difference. To be considered as antique, a piece of jewelry must be at least 100 years old. Just because you’ve found yourself in an antique store, does not mean jewelry being sold there is actually antique. It should be kept in mind that the first machine-made jewelry items came about in the late 1860’s, so a legitimately antique piece could be handmade or machine made. Jewelry proved as being handmade can often carry more value since the craftsmanship is one-of-a-kind. Jewelry declared as vintage, however, is a little more general. Items of this nature do not stick to one specific design era, though “retro” is a popular go-to for many dealers. A vintage piece could just as well be from the Art Nouveau time period of the early 20th century. The Nugent Appraisal Jewelry Appraisal Professionals are familiar with styles of jewelry making over time and can specify when your great grandmother’s ring was most likely made, and how much it would be worth in today’s market.
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Diamond Jewelry Care
A diamond, to many, is a precious symbol of forever. It is a valuable investment, and should be properly taken care of, to ensure it lasts as long as the love it represents. A certified jewelry appraisal by an accredited Gemologist is necessary to insure against loss or damage. Of course, keeping the stone clean and gleaming is important, but more important is making sure there is a stone to be cleaned. Many people don’t realize how significant the condition of the diamond’s setting is until it is too late, and a diamond falls out and is lost. As a result of every day wear and tear or human error in the setting process, prongs can be loose or snap off at the tip. If you notice that the stone seems even just a little loose, or a prong is damaged, the jewelry should not be worn but stowed safely and taken to a trusted jeweler for repair. It is recommended that jewelry items be taken once a year to be examined for problems, even if none are evident, and you update your insurance replacement value with a jewelry appraisal every 3 years.
It may come as a surprise to some, but a blow to a diamond at the right angle can chip the stone relatively easily, so you should avoid wearing diamond jewelry while doing yard or housework. Kitchen sinks have been known to take small chunks out of stones. While not being worn, diamond jewelry should be kept in a fabric lined box, preferably with dividers if there are other jewelry items, to prevent scratching.
Diamonds owe their beauty to their brilliance. Lotions, sprays, and even natural oils from skin can hinder this beautiful quality. One of the easiest and most effective ways to clean diamond jewelry is to use a detergent soak. Simply prepare a small bowl with warm water and a mild household detergent that does not contain chlorine. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the diamond with the suds. Rinse warm water over the diamond (not anywhere near a drain!) and voila! Use these tips to protect and maintain your diamond, so you can continually admire its beauty and treasure its significance.
Three Outrageously Expensive Gems
We have cherished gems since the beginning of time, using them as symbols of royalty and wealth, or giving them as gifts to show deep love and adoration. All gems are beautiful, interesting, and timeless, but some are significantly superior to others, some being very uncommon and hard to find. So, it’s good to know what the best ones are, so you know what to look for when looking for the perfect jewelry.
- Jadeite: Over $3 Million per Carat!
A pyroxene mineral, this gem appears bright green, like an emerald, or, sometimes a bluish green color and some appear a greenish white. Jadeites have a translucent look to them, as the thin top layer is colorless. The gems price comes from historical reasons, and its rarity is still undetermined.
- Serendibite: About $2 Million per Carat!
This rare gem consists of boron, and only two areas in the world have been able to produce this mineral, in Sri Lanka and Burma. Serendibites are commonly blue green, dark gray to black or grayish blue.
- Red Diamonds: About $2 Million per Carat!
A rare gemstone which is commonly purplish red, but sometimes crimson red, is loved by many. Located in Australia, these are very hard to come by, which justifies the price.
The collector of jewelry should become familiar with and be able to identify the various metals and gems most often found in jewelry. A trained jewelry appraisal expert at NugentAppraisal.com will generally distinguish between different types of stones and point out why there is an inherent importance.
The jewelry appraisal should also make reference to the impact on value due to the design of the item. Some pieces of jewelry have been produced with a lack of concern for whether the stones enhance the item, or because of the color or size become an impediment to the value.
The jewelry appraisal will usually give weight to where an item was produced. Most nineteenth century jewelry of higher quality was produced in Europe and Asia, but some pieces from that era produced in theAttleboroandFallsRiverareas ofMassachusettswere of very good quality and today are valued highly in a jewelry appraisal.
In costume jewelry, the design is usually more important that the actual material content. Items such as chains, brooches, earrings and lockets should be included in a jewelry appraisal; whereas, bracelets have been so widely available over the years that the value is generally low and it may not be necessary to include them, except for extraordinary items, in a jewelry appraisal.
Appraisers at NugentAppraisal.com, with over 40 year’s experience, are trained to identify the various carat weights of gold, and also to recognize the differences between gold-filled or gold-plated and solid gold. This information is important in a jewelry appraisal because it greatly affects value.