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Antique jewelry lovers might already know a thing or two about this particular period in American history where certain distinctive types of jewelry were in vogue. But whether you’re an avid vintage fashion lover or just starting to read up about antique jewelry, there could be something new to learn about this particular type of jewelry, specifically Georgian jewelry.

The Georgian PeriodGeorgian Jewelry

The period between 1714 and 1837 is known as the Georgian period because of events happening in Great Britain: namely, the rule of kings George I, II, III and IV during this time. It was a time of tumultuous change and rapid growth. There were several wars that took place, most notably the Seven Years War between 1756 and 1763.

The Treaty of Paris ended the revolutionary war in the United States, and was when Britain acknowledged America as an independent, sovereign nation. Soon after, the first U.S President, George Washington, was elected in 1789. This was also the period of the Industrial Revolution which was driven by massive advancements in manufacturing processes, and which spurred national growth and wealth.

Georgian Jewelry

During this period, the wealthy were known to wear fine jewelry. This Georgian jewelry was of exquisite handcrafted quality and highly prized possession at the time, and even now. These pieces were typically very ornate, with intricate, hand cut designs. Diamonds were very popular at the time, and the choicest cuts were the rose cut and the old mine. In the mid-1700s however, colored gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires became more prevalent. Metals often used in crafting this jewelry included silver for gemstone settings, 18 karat or higher yellow gold, steel, iron, and a substitute gold material called pinchbeck.

Cameos

One of the popular types of jewelry were called cameos. Cameos are antique carved pieces showing subjects like Greek gods and goddesses, are usually in an oval shape, and can be made into brooches, worn as pendants, or even placed in tiaras. Emperor Napoleon’s wife Josephine is credited for starting an international fashion trend of cameos with her variety of accessories, including her most elaborate gold tiara set with pearls and large cameos telling the story of Cupid and Psyche.

Cut Steel Jewelry

This interesting idea for jewelry came about initially in France in 1759, when they were worn as a substitute for the confiscated jewelry during King Louis XV’s campaign to fund the Seven Years War. Cut steel jewelry, made from tiny faceted and polished steel studs, were crafted to look like gemstones and fixed onto a backing plate. The earliest cut steel pieces were made from recycled steel nails; however, as demand grew the designs became increasingly more intricate, and sometimes were set with pearls and jet.

The Value Of Antiques

If you believe you own a piece of jewelry dating back to the Georgian period, there is a high chance that it might fetch a decent sell value for you. Unless you definitely wish to keep the item as a family heirloom, it would be interesting for you to get a valuation to see what your jewelry is worth. Global Gold and Silver is always happy to speak with you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Sometimes, people are just curious to find out how much their piece of antique jewelry might be “worth”. It could be so they get bragging rights among their friends, or even just out of personal interest. It could even be interesting to try and estimate the value of the jewelry, as a game, and then go to a jewelry appraiser to get the actual answer. However, it really isn’t so straightforward to find out what jewelry is “worth” - because what is the meaning of “worth”? There are several circumstances which affect the true meaning of this word.

If You Are Looking To Sell Your JewelryAntique Jewelry

When selling jewelry, the “worth” of a piece of jewelry would be its liquidation value – that is, the value of it as scrap metal. This is the lowest valuation of your item possible. Valuation will depend heavily on the gold content of the item, as diamonds are less likely to be resold unless they are of a very high quality. Pawn shops offer the lowest rates, sometimes 10% of your item’s value. Jewelers who purchase estate jewelry for resale offer higher rates, up to 20% of the retail value.

If Your Jewelry Has Collector’s Value

Sometimes, jewelers do offer a premium for certain special items. Typically, these would include well known brands, very high quality items, or items that the jewelers know there is a market for. In such cases, jewelers may offer up to 25% of an item’s retail value.

If You Need A Valuation For Tax Purposes

Usually, the kind of valuation you would need for tax purposes would be the estate value. This is pegged to the fair market value, which appraisers are required by the IRS to use. Fair market value puts the estimation of the current price of an item down to the current price of a similar item that could hypothetically replace it. This replacement item has to be of similar like, quality, utility and condition, from an establishment that usually sells similar items – the market, so to speak. Estate jewelry and period pieces would be appraised alongside other used items, and appraisers would look at prices from other similar antiques sold by other estate jewelry sellers.

If You Would Like To Buy Insurance

Insurance also refers to the fair market value. It is best to find out an accurate valuation of your item so that you can get the appropriate amount of insurance coverage, to protect you in the unlikely event of a crisis. Using a lower valuation just to pay a lower premium would certainly not help your case during your claims.

 

If you find that one of the above reasons apply to you, you can always look for a proper valuation of your antique jewelry with us at Global Gold and Silver. We offer various options such as a walk-in appraisal or an online quotation so it’s easy for you to get a quote from us.

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Panerai started out providing watches for the Italian military manufactured by Rolex SA, and had very humble beginnings – until it burst into popularity in the early 2000s in significant part thanks to Sylvester Stallone’s endorsement of its watches. Panerai has also partnered with major brands such as Ferrari.

Italian Design Meets Swiss CraftsmanshipLuxury Watch Panerai

Giovanni Panerai (1825–1897) founded Officine Panerai in Florence, Italy in 1860. The company was taken over by his grandson Guido Panerai who also took over his wife's family business, a mechanical workshop, thus founding a new company with the name G. Panerai e Figlio. Panerai watches are very popular due to their distinctive design that causes them to stand out from the crowd – a special crown guard that immediately catches the eye.

Constant Evolution

Coming out of a divers’ watch tradition, Panerai are constantly evolving and innovating – and they have certainly done so with their newly unveiled Luminor Due 2018 collection, sporting several noteworthy differences from the traditional Luminor models. The most noticeable difference would be the changes in width, as legacy Panerai watches were 47mm thick, but the newest ones range from 45mm, 42mm and even 38mm. While this change does compromise on the watch’s underwater depth limits, dropping from 50 metres underwater resistance to a mere 30 metres, Panerai believes the new slim look will appeal to new markets. Another noticeable change is the snap-on watch strap system which makes changing straps an absolute breeze – now you can match your watch to the occasion even when you’re running late.

The Panerai Models

Panerai has created a wide range of models across four marketing lines: Historic (Radiomir 1940 and Luminor 1950), Contemporary (Radiomir, Luminor and Luminor Due), Manifattura (Luminor Marina) and Special Editions in runs of 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 units.

The watches can be distinguished by their PAM numbers, such as PAM111 or PAM00944. This is probably the best way to keep track of such a large variety of models and designs.

The Special Edition models are each individually distinguishable by an issue number on the case back, and are issued by year. For example, in 2006 Panerai issued the 1936 California Dial Radiomir special edition, which was a reissue of the first Panerai model presented to the Italian Marina Militare, and they created only 1936 units for this special edition.

Selling Your Panerai Watch

Not all Panerai watches have resale value, as many of the especially newer pieces are very contemporary and lack the historical value to make them collectors’ pieces. However, collectors would usually go for the historical models nonetheless, such as the Radiomir 1940 models which take after the very same models originally created for the Italian navy during World War II.

Due to the wide range of products offered by Panerai, selling this timepiece is usually trickier than with other brands, and depends heavily on the PAM number of the particular model that you own. The best thing to do is to get a quote for your watch and see whether it is a model that does have resale value or not. Do remember to approach a reputable jewelry buyer such as Global Gold and Silver with experience in buying and selling luxury watches.

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Many of us have legacy dinner plates or other flatware handed down to us by our grandmothers or grandfathers. Sometimes it’s just one or two pieces of silver crockery, and other times it could be an entire set of dining silver, complete with utensils. But does this inheritance hold value for you over and above its nostalgic worth? Could it also have a monetary value? It depends on several factors, including the age of the silverware, and how it was made.

A Brief History Of SilverwareSilverware

In the 12th century, silverware first became popular in England among the noble families. As they were made from the same quality of silver that was used in coins at the time, that is pure silver, they were understandably very expensive and could only be afforded by royalty.

The Industrial Revolution brought about a change in the prestige of silverware. For the first time, silverware could be mass produced, and hence began to lose much of its luxury status. At the same time, more families being able to possess silverware actually also increased their own status, resulting in a much larger middle class. From the mid 19th century, silverware became a common way for families to display their wealth, as well as their status and improved standards of living.

Then came the Great Depression. The broad category of middle class found it difficult to maintain their luxurious lifestyles, with numerous varied types of silverware which mostly served only one function like butter spreaders, bouillon spoons and pastry forks. In addition, labor costs skyrocketed and it was becoming less viable for families to afford the number of workers needed to care for all the silver. This brought about the advent of silver-plating as opposed to sterling silver pieces. Silverware designs also became much simpler as ornate designs required hand polishing to maintain their look.

A Rough Idea Of Silverware Value

Silverware from the 12th century is the most valuable, and not only for its meltdown value due to its silver composition (usually sterling silver or pure silver). If the silverware has been well-maintained and is in good and original condition, it would actually be highly valued above its intrinsic value by museums and collectors for its historic and antique properties.

For mass-produced pieces of silverware, they would still have a high scrap value due to a high silver composition, or even gold composition if they had been heavily gilded. These tend to also be beautifully made and ornate, and could fetch a good price in the resale market if still in good condition. However, silver-plated flatware would likely have greater emotional value to your family as an heirloom, rather than a significant meltdown value or collectors’ value.

Get A Proper Valuation

To find out for certain what the potential meltdown or collector’s value of your silverware truly is, approach a reputable jewelry buyer such as Global Gold and Silver. We purchase silverware sets with historical value and can offer you a handsome price for it. Speak to us today!

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Gold is considered a long-lasting metal, as it doesn’t tarnish or rust, and is dissolved only by nitro-hydrochloric acid. Gold also conducts heat and electricity, is non-magnetic and is malleable. Knowing these properties of gold can actually help you do a quick check to find out if you have real gold that could be worth something to a gold buyer.

The Magnet Test

It is better to test this with a strong magnet to be sure of the accuracy of the test. As gold is non-magnetic, it would not be attracted by the magnet. If it is attracted, it is likely a gold alloy, gold plated, or a fake. When trying out this test, do remember that jewelry pieces usually have certain elements such as clasps or wires which are not made from gold and could be attracted to the magnet. Also, do note that if the piece is not magnetic, it could also be made from other precious metals such as silver, so it’s best to do further testing on your item to verify that it is real gold.

The Float Test

For this test, you should prepare a container filled with enough water that your gold item can be fully submerged in, so as to increase the accuracy of the test. Gold has a high density of 19.32 grams per ml, so if you place it in a cup or bowl of water, it would definitely sink. If it half floats it would likely be a gold alloy, and fake or gold plated items would hover or float. Do note however in doing this test that a fake item could be made of other heavy metals which also sink, so if your item sank but you still are unsure, try another test.

The Magnifying Glass Test

If you have a magnifying glass at home, grab it and look at your gold item through the lens. Carefully inspect it for any signs of discoloration, as this would indicate it is not gold or is gold plated. Also check the color and shininess, as pure gold is not very shiny, and in fact has a soft yellow color, instead of a reddish toned item which would likely be a fake.

The Hallmark TestVerify Gold

Check your item for markings, stamps or other hallmarks. These might be on the inside surface or near the clasp. Such markings show gold purity in karats and also may bear the maker’s stamp.

Gold Testing Machines

The most accurate of testing methods which can also provide specific information about your item’s gold purity. These are XRF thermo and electronic gold testing machines. However, these are specialized items which can be expensive or hard to come by.

A professional gold buyer would be able to give you a proper valuation of your gold, as well as further information such as any potential added value as a collector’s item and more. Global Gold and Silver has plenty of satisfied customers who have sold their gold and silver jewelry and other items with us. Contact us today!

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Do you own silver jewelry? What about silverware, such as cutlery or tableware? Or even the occasional candlestick holder – Beauty and the Beast comes to mind! Now, can you say with certainty whether those items are silver or sterling silver?

What’s The Difference, Anyway?

‘Sterling silver’ isn’t just a fancy name slapped on to make silver sound more classy. It actually does refer to a difference in composition of the silver item itself. Sterling silver is made up of 92.5% silver, and 7.5% another kind of metal, which is usually copper. This alloy actually strengthens the jewelry or other item being made, increasing its durability and reducing the risk of damage or of it going out of shape.

Isn’t Pure Silver Better?

Fine silver, such as an item made of 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft. If it is often handled, worn, washed and the like, the silver could actually erode. Hence, silver items meant for personal use are usually alloyed with another metal to avoid heartache. Imagine your silver ring going out of shape and dropping the diamond or gemstone it was holding! That’s a tragedy that should be avoided at all costs! Hence, mixing the silver with some copper, iron, steel and so forth, will not only save your precious stones, but it also costs a little less compared to pure silver.

So Sterling Silver Is The Best!

Actually, sterling silver does have its drawbacks – it tarnishes easily. Compared to pure silver, which doesn’t tarnish (but may sometimes get black residue when in contact with sulfur), alloyed silver does tarnish due to sensitivity to air and water. If the silver oxidizes, it turns darker in colour, and often looks aged – which could have a fashionable effect. Nevertheless, tarnish can be cleaned with proper care and maintenance.

How Do I Maintain Sterling Silver?

The best way to care for sterling silver is to wipe it with a cloth regularly. A microfiber cloth, such as the one you use on your shades or glasses, would be perfect. Also, do not wear any sterling silver jewelry while showering or swimming, as water can damage sterling silver items.

You could also try to purchase sterling silver items which are alloyed with metals which can reduce tarnishings, such as germanium, zinc, platinum, silicon, and boron. You’d have to be sure to check with a qualified jeweler who would be able to know these things with a reliable level of accuracy.

And What About The Pound Sterling?

If you notice, the British currency is named after sterling silver. That is because the British pound sterling was originally valued by its weight of sterling silver. The pound sterling is the world’s oldest currency still in use and which has been continuous since inception, in the year 1158. That’s almost a millennium ago!

If you have silver jewelry, silverware, tableware, candelabra or any other items made of silver and you’ve no place for them any longer in your home, fret not. It’s easy to sell your silver pieces and fetch a good price for them. Simply get a valuation from us at Global Gold and Silver to know what your silver is worth, and we can discuss from there. You can also check out other gold and silver jewelry we have bought. It’s so easy!

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What You Should Know About Georgian Jewelry

Antique jewelry lovers might already know a thing or two about this particular period in American history where certain distinctive types of jewelry were in vogue. But whether you’re an avid vintage fashion lover or just starting to read up about antique jewelry, there could be something new to learn about this particular type of jewelry, specifically Georgian jewelry.

Read more →

The In's And Out's Of Appraising Antique Jewelry

Sometimes, people are just curious to find out how much their piece of antique jewelry might be “worth”. It could be so they get bragging rights among their friends, or even just out of personal interest. It could even be interesting to try and estimate the value of the jewelry, as a game, and then go to a jewelry appraiser to get the actual answer. However, it really isn’t so straightforward to find out what jewelry is “worth” - because what is the meaning of “worth”? There are several circumstances which affect the true meaning of this word.

Read more →

Luxury Watch Brand Spotlight: Panerai

Panerai started out providing watches for the Italian military manufactured by Rolex SA, and had very humble beginnings – until it burst into popularity in the early 2000s in significant part thanks to Sylvester Stallone’s endorsement of its watches. Panerai has also partnered with major brands such as Ferrari.

Read more →

How Precious Is The Silverware In Your Home?

Many of us have legacy dinner plates or other flatware handed down to us by our grandmothers or grandfathers. Sometimes it’s just one or two pieces of silver crockery, and other times it could be an entire set of dining silver, complete with utensils. But does this inheritance hold value for you over and above its nostalgic worth? Could it also have a monetary value? It depends on several factors, including the age of the silverware, and how it was made.

Read more →

5 Methods To Verify If You Have Real Gold

Gold is considered a long-lasting metal, as it doesn’t tarnish or rust, and is dissolved only by nitro-hydrochloric acid. Gold also conducts heat and electricity, is non-magnetic and is malleable. Knowing these properties of gold can actually help you do a quick check to find out if you have real gold that could be worth something to a gold buyer.

Read more →

Sterling Silver Explained

Do you own silver jewelry? What about silverware, such as cutlery or tableware? Or even the occasional candlestick holder – Beauty and the Beast comes to mind! Now, can you say with certainty whether those items are silver or sterling silver?

Read more →

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