Archive for the ‘Jewelry Facts’ Category

Faberge Necklace

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

We recently had the opportunity and pleasure to examine this sweet Faberge necklace from the early 20th century. The necklace is fabricated from 14 karat yellow gold and silver, set with rose cut Diamonds and a beautiful pear shaped Aquamarine. The delicate chain is handmade from platinum. Our client has a wonderful family provenance for […]

Antique Marshall’s Badge

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

This unusual estate jewelry item turned out to be are a real surprise. We purchased it along with a large group of vintage pieces– sort of an after-thought, thrown into the lot at the last minute. We don’t buy a lot of silver jewelry, but this was just funky enough to be of interest. It […]

Prince’s iPod

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

With the unfortunate passing of Prince, I’ve been watching some of the tributes and interviews with and about the Purple One. The Saturday Night Live tribute last week was a hoot, showing some of his past performances on SNL, as well as several hilarious sketches called “The Prince Show” featuring Fred Armisen as Prince and Maya Rudolf […]

Gorgeous Paraiba-type Tourmaline in Rose Gold Ring

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Our Paraiba-type Tourmaline & Diamond 14 Karat Rose & White Gold Ring is truly one-of-a-kind. The centerpiece of the design is a gorgeous oval brilliant cut Cuprian Tourmaline. It measures ~10.70 x 7.13 x 5.24 mm and weighs 2.56 carats. The gem is perfectly cut and exhibits a delicate light mint green. Cuprian Tourmalines are a rare […]

Hand Engraving– the Ultimate Jewelry Decoration

Friday, November 6th, 2015

In today’s world, some things change rapidly and some stay the same. Just in the last 20 years or so, jewelry making has changed radically. Previously we used labor intensive processes like carving wax models by hand to create our original designs and master models. We now use technological marvels like computer aided design and modeling (CAD/CAM) and […]

Rolex Counterfeit- Fauxlex

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

One of most commonly counterfeited items on the planet is the Rolex sport watch– we call them “Fauxlex”. Here’s a counterfeit of the Rolex Ladies DateJust that we recently examined. Our first impression was that it was not genuine- the outer bezel is set with low quality diamonds and looks out of synch with the dial– […]

Jewelry Auction Update

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Great news for our client–this beautiful Art Deco watch, mentioned in our previous blog, did very well at Sotheby’s Important Watch Auction, June 11. The piece sold for a hammer price of $13,000, almost double the reserve price. Yay! As you can see from this image from the auction catalog, Sotheby’s does a wonderful job promoting their […]

Antique Jewelry Gets TLC

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

  We just acquired four wonderful antique and vintage rings which are, as they say, “Farm Fresh.”  It’s often the case that estate pieces need TLC before they can be resold– they’ve been worn and loved for years! They’ll need restoration, refurbishing and GIA certifications to meet our standards for resale to our clients. Here’s what we do to bring these lovely pieces […]

Alexandrite Impersonator

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

  Alexandrite is a very rare and valuable natural gemstone, famous because its color changes almost magically, from red to green. Alexandrite is a variety of Chrysoberyl, a mineral found in nature. Chrysoberyl is well suited for jewelry because it is very hard and durable, and because it’s rare, beautiful and unusual. The colors we see in […]

Jewelry Auctions & 2015 Reader’s Choice Voting

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Mardon has placed a rare vintage watch for a client in this upcoming Important Watch Auction held at Sotheby’s New York venue. It’s Lot # 163, page 136 – you can browse the catalog at this URL, http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2015/watches-n09368.html# This last year, we’ve added Jewelry Auctions to the list of services available through our extensive network of experts and […]

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