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Entries in estate jewelry (208)

Rago Arts Estate Jewelry Online Auction: set for December 7, 2008

The Rago Arts auction house has another Estate Jewelry auction scheduled for December 7th.  The company has many years of experience dealing with antiques, decorative arts and furnishings.  Something fun and exciting to do is browse the archives.  They have a complete catalogue of past auctions, including what the predicted estimate was for each item, and what the final bid price ended up as.  These results give you a good generalization of how to price estate jewelry, and are great "study guides" if you are interested in bidding in the future. 

The next estate jewelry auction at Rago is set for December 7, 2008.  The items are currently up to browse...and there are some amazing estate pieces!  Below are a few lots of auction items that are my favorites!  These are sure to get high bids.

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eBay Steals & Deals of the Week!

Wow has eBay really impressed me with their selection of vintage jewelry this week.  Finally!  I feel like there was not much being offered these past few weeks.  I've put these items on my radar and may even bid myself.  I will add the seller names below the photos.  Try your hand at "treasure hunting" on eBay, and post your finds in the comments section.

funkyretr-1224471130-4568 Art Deco Brooch, seller: lonestarestates

Dscn0184 1940s diamond ring, seller: alexanderauctions

28365-1 Art Deco Sapphire & Diamond Ring, seller: jewelryagain

Vintage Jewelry Heaven found on Ruby Lane

I recently found a tiny ad in Domino Magazine for an antique emporium where buyers and sellers can come together.  I love checking out new sites, but hate getting disappointed by most.  When browsing Ruby Lane, I was very much surprised.  Their selection of antique and vintage jewelry goes on and on, with so many sellers to choose from.  After looking for a few hours, I was about to call it a night since my eyes would no longer stay open without me making them.  I then came across a dainty little ring, with a reasonable price. 

I read the description, and it fit my standards: 10k solid rose gold, small diamond, great condition, from the Victorian era--check, check, check AND CHECK!  I had to have it!  With a sudden burst of energy, I emailed the seller.  A good vintage jewelry hunter always asks slightly lower than ticket price.  Just remember to be reasonable. 

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After work the next day, I was happy to learn that the seller accepted my offer and would include shipping and handling!  Well, I just received the ring and absolutely love it!  It was worth staying up late to peruse just a few more pages worth of jewelry.  When I glance at it throughout the day while wearing it, I often wonder who wore it before and what memories it holds.  Being from the Victorian Era, it probably has a great significance.  Stop on by Ruby Lane to find your very own treasure today (or late tonight)! 

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Website: www.rubylane.com

Seller: Barnsley Collection

Gem Gossip's Pick of the Week!

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My pick of the week comes from Doyle & Doyle, a team of two sisters who specialize in hand-picking unique estate and antique jewelry.  With twelve years in this business, you know everything in their store or on their site is remarkable!  While browsing through inventory on their website, I came across this precious necklace.  You may remember how I said doves are an important symbol in my life from this post.  And this necklace is just as cute!  It is 14k yellow gold with blue guilloche enamel design on the pendant.  I like how the two doves are together, rather than just having one alone.  It sells for $375.

Estate Earrings

Earrings are always alittle more difficult to find when shopping vintage.  Some have very strange looking screw-on backs that look like you need a screwdriver to open them up--yikes.  Earrings, to me, are always the easiest piece of jewelry to lose.  Whether an earring back falls off, and you lose one earring or the snap-bar closure doesn't "snap" tightly enough.  I've experienced it all...and I'm sure you have.  Lately I've been having the problem of falling asleep with my earrings on, and in the middle of the night, unconsciously, I'll take them out and fling them somewhere.  Not good.  Anyways, here are a few estate earrings that I found while browsing.  Enjoy!

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So cute and dainty, these diamond dangles are true reflections of the Edwardian time period. They are from Ross-Simons estate collection, and are priced at $6800. There are 2 carats of diamonds and set in 14k yellow gold.

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These are also from Ross-Simons estate collection. They are from the 1930s and are so stunning, whether you would wear them day or night. The green stone is a jade cabochon, which is surrounded by black onyx rectangles--very unique. Of course there are loads of diamonds and the earrings are set in platinum. Price: $6200.

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Lastly, these chic, turquoise enamel earrings are from Adin fine antique jewelry, located in Belgium. These would go great with many of the trends right now. They are 18k yellow gold and are priced at about $124. I wish I would've rocked these in my new driver's license photo I had to take this morning...of course after waiting hours in line.