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What Makes Jewelry & Timepieces Valuable?

There are several factors an appraiser looks at in determining the auction value of an individual item.

Age: Was the item designed during a particular period or era in history (i.e. Victorian, Art Deco, etc.)?

Complication: With regard to watches, how complex is the movement? Does it have any specialty features such as a repeater, chronograph, dual time zone, etc.?

Designer: Is the jewelry item attributed to a particular designer such as Cartier or Tiffany? In the case of watches, does a Swiss maker such as Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe or Rolex produce the watch?

Materials: What is the item made of, gold or platinum? Metals carry different values. Are the gemstones precious like diamonds or semi-precious such as citrine?

Provenance: Did the item belong to a famous or well-known individual? Can the provenance be proven?

Quality: Basically, one is looking to make the distinction between fine materials and commercial grade materials. There are a number of observations to make with regard to quality. Are the gemstones lively and bright? Are the diamonds white? Are the sapphires medium blue vs. inky blue? In an item having numerous gemstones, how well matched are the colors? This question also applies to pearls. Is the strand well matched for color, shape, luster and surface?

Rarity: In a material sense, is there an uncommon gemstone type or size (for example a 10.00 carat diamond)?

Size: Is the diamond, gemstone or pearl larger than usual? An example would be a South Sea cultured pearl vs. a seed pearl. Is the pocket watch a standard or common size? Is it over-sized or is it extremely thin such as a tuxedo watch?

Uniqueness: Is the item one-of-a-kind or is it mass-produced?

We regret to inform you that Heritage Jewelry Department:
Does not market costume jewelry or hat pins
Does not evaluate clocks or comic watches
Does not evaluate sterling silver jewelry.
Does not evaluate ivory jewelry.
Does not market costume or vintage non-precious metal, rhinestone and imitation stone jewelry.

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How do I get my Collection Appraised?
The first step in getting an accurate appraisal is to have the items assessed by a professional. Heritage has been serving the collectibles community for over three decades. During that time we have grown to become the world's largest collectibles dealer by staying on the cutting edge of technology, emphasizing great communications and, above all, listening to what our customers want and then giving them a fair deal on their material. With the agreement of your Heritage representative, Heritage can provide insurance on overnight delivery for your package. Contact us today to discuss a free auction evaluation.

For a formal written appraisal for estate planning, insurance, or tax purposes, please contact our Appraisal Services Department. Charges for formal written appraisals are based on our experts' time. Appraisal fee schedule can be viewed here.

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