Archive for March, 2009

Fascinating World War I Era Wristwatch

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I recently had the pleasure of appraising this interesting watch.  The design first charmed and then puzzled me.  At first, the straight lines and geometric shapes convinced me it was pure Art Deco, 1925-1940.  The “Curvex” shape seemed to confirm that— Gruen introduced the classic men’s Curvex style shaped to fit the wrist around 1929.  […]

Jewelry Insurance 101– Should I Insure My Jewelry?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The results of an insurance appraisal we did recently answer this question emphatically.  A client brought us a ring set with a large round diamond and asked us to appraise and reset this stone into another ring she owned.  During the take-in procedure for any work we do, we always ask our clients for the […]

Why It’s So Important to Keep Your Jewelry Clean!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Many people buy jewelry, put it on and never take it off, even to clean it, not realizing that they can damage or wear out their jewelry by not cleaning it thoroughly on a regular basis. The wedding set shown illustrates one problem we see frequently with diamond jewelry.  You’ll notice the small diamonds on […]

Michelle Obama’s favorite jeweler

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Check out this headline,  just in from AGTA Prism—Michelle Obama’s Favorite Jewelsmith Hits New York, Paris http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/mrs-os-favorite-jeweler-sets-up-shop-on-both-sides-of-the-pond/6686

840 pound Emerald—Pounds, not Carats!

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The saga of this unusual gem specimen has only just begun.  This one will make history—the story is straight out of Indiana Jones! From the AGTA Prism, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123578111660297983.html?mod=article-outset-box

Emeralds at the Oscars

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

For a good description of the Emeralds worn by Angelina, along with good information about all the jewels worn by the stars, check out this link http://www.agta.org/pressroom/200903-agta-newsflash.html#oscarscolors

The Impact of Enhancements on the Value of Gems

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I attended a meeting last November of the Orange County GIA Alumni to hear Richard Drucker speak. His firm, Gemworld International, and the AGTA Gemological Testing Center co-sponsored the Inaugural World of Gems Conference, held Sept. 2008 in Chicago. In February, we finally received Gemworld’s publication of the proceedings. Richard, publisher of the Gem Market […]

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