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. Read More
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.
Art Deco Brooch, seller: lonestarestates
1940s diamond ring, seller: alexanderauctions
Art Deco Sapphire & Diamond Ring, seller: jewelryagain Read More
Haven't looked at eBay in awhile! I think it is because I am still mad at their changes, especially the high costs of seller's fees. My dad had me list his Girard-Perregaux wristwatch, and it cost $45 just to list it! And it did not even sell! Anyways, I think I've found a new seller to add to my favorites list, beverlyhillsantiques.com They have some really pretty antique stick pins and bar pins. Here are a few stick pins that are ending this week. A few things you could do with a stick pin: stick it in an updo in your hair, take it to a jeweler and remove the stick and make a pendant out of it, or secure your trendy scarf with a beautiful platinum & diamond stick pin!
This stick pin is decked out in platinum and 18k gold. The sapphires, diamonds and filigree work make this piece stunning. I could see this used to secure a scarf that is wrapped around your neck. The starting bid is $223.
You're looking at a half carat in this pear-shaped diamond, with a pearl attached to the end. This one is in platinum and 18k gold as well. I could picture this one being poked into a sleek updo. Starting bid is $493.
This bird is encrusted in diamonds that are rose cut and sees with ruby eyes. With this stickpin, I would turn into a pendant at a local jewelry store. You could remove the stick part and use that gold to sell as scrap. Then, a jeweler could easily make the bird into a pendant. The starting bid is $385.
You may have thought stickpins don't have much use--but hopefully my ideas will inspire you! Read More
Searching on eBay for jewelry can be fun and exciting. It is like having an antique mall at your fingertips--and a very large one at that! I usually look every other day, using the categories: Jewelry & Watches > Vintage, Antique > Fine > Diamonds. From there, you can narrow your search even more by choosing a specific time period, like Art Nouveau or Edwardian. Since I don't have a favorite time period, I usually leave it broad. This week's top picks come from member: ashland_investments. Both are lots of vintage bar pins, which are in excellent condition and at a great price. I like the sapphire and diamond ones. I might have to make an offer on these!
A great idea to wear these vintage bar pins is for all the brides-to-be out there. If you have a silk ribbon or sash going around your waist of your wedding dress, pin one of these to the very front or even in the back. It will look stunning and it could even work for "something old." Read More