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Tiffany & Co.

June 28, 2009 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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Tiffany & Co. is one jewelry firm that really needs no introduction. Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City in 1837 as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” the company has truly achieved iconic status.

Tiffany’s flagship store (since 1940) is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The polished granite exterior is well known for its tiny window displays, and a 128.54 carats (25.71 g) Fancy Yellow Tiffany Diamond usually is on display the store. Tiffany’s has been used as a location in a number of films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn, and Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon.

Tiffany designs have been worn by such famous US families as the Astors, the Vanderbilts, Posts, Huttons, and the Morgans. Athletes, Hollywood stars, and even European royalty have long sought after Tiffany jewelry and diamonds. Museums valued the Tiffany designs, which ranged from the Art Nouveau period to Art Deco to today’s modern styles.

Indicative of its status as a jewelry industry leader, it was a Tiffany’s gemologist who was instrumental in the international adoption of the metric carat as a weight standard for gems, and the Tiffany standard for sterling and platinum have been adopted as United States Standards.

Although most often associated with diamond jewelry, Tiffany & Co. created spin off chain Iridesse in 2005. This new line is dedicated to pearl-only jewelry. Tifanny is also well known for its sterling silver jewelry, some pieces which are engraved with the address of the store.

Because Tiffany is such a sought after jewelry brand, there are many pieces of fake Tiffany jewelry on the market today. Be very careful whenever buying used Tiffany jewelry, making sure that the seller is a trusted source. Ask for the original Tiffany paperwork to ensure authenticity. And if you should want to sell Tiffany jewelry, be sure to go to a professional jewelry buyer who specializes in branded jewelry—otherwise you might just be offered the melt-down price for your Tiffany ring, necklace, bracelet, or earring.

Selling & Loan Guide For Consumers: Jewelry, Diamonds, Gold, & Watches

September 18, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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**The United States has over 12,000 businesses that buy and sell used jewelry, watches, and diamonds. Not all are the same. When deciding on whom to entrust with your fine jewelry transaction, be selective, do research, and choose only those businesses that specialize and understand the current jewelry market. Read more

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Auction Expects $64 M

September 9, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Rapaport reports that Sotheby’s Hong Kong will conduct its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite 2008 Autumn Sale at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 7, 2008. Some 320 lots will be offered with an estimated total value of HKD500 million ($64 million.)

The highlight of the sale is a fancy vivid yellow diamond necklace with an estimated value of $7.4 million to $9.5 million, featuring a 102.56-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond (pictured.) It has a flower pendant that can be detached from the necklace and worn as a brooch.

Quek Chin Yeow, deputy chairman and head of jewelry at Sotheby’s Asia, said, “The diamond is the largest fancy vivid yellow diamond ever to be offered at auction anywhere in the world; this extraordinary diamond, with its impressive size and auspicious golden yellow color, will be a major attraction.”

Another highlight of the sale will be a colored diamond butterfly brooch by Carvin French. The center of the brooch is set with one fancy vivid blue diamond and two fancy intense blue diamonds, weighing 5.53 carats in total. Complementing the blue hues are the vibrant yellow and pink diamonds mounted on the wings of the butterfly. (Estimated value $3.8 million to $4.6 million.)

With strong demand for top quality diamonds weighing more than 15 carats, an impressive 34.07 carat cushion-shaped D, IF, diamond ring will undoubtedly attract much attention. (Estimated value $6 million to $7 million.)

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will present a pair of ruby and diamond earrings by James de Givenchy for Taffin. The two unheated, natural rubies, weighing 10.02 and 10.91 carats respectively, are well-matched in both color and shape. Each surrounded by eight rose-cut pink and eight colorless round diamonds, these rubies show a fiery red hue with dazzling brilliance fascinating all connoisseurs. (Estimated value $3.8 million to $4.5 million.)

Also featured among the colored stones is a pair of star rubies, alexandrite and diamond earrings. The rubies, weighing 19.45cts and 22.13cts each, are remarkably matched in both color and shape, and boast intense hues and fine clarity. (Estimated value $666,000 to $871,000.)

A further highlight is a Colombian emerald and diamond ring without any oil treatment. This natural 10.09 carat emerald boasts high clarity and a saturated color. It is embellished by 10 round diamonds, emphasizing the magnificence of the noble green color.

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If you are a San Diego resident who is a collector of fine jewelry from brands like Tiffany and Cartier, then you’ll want to read this article about how Vintage Jewelry is a Popular Investment.

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