The Cuff Link – Elegant Estate Jewelry for Men

Bulgari Cuff linksI have had cuff links on my mind lately.  I think it’s because my son, Jonathan is getting married.  I have gotten a new tuxedo for the occasion and with that a new tuxedo shirt that I want a new pair of cuff links for.  A beautiful pair came into my showroom, but I missed out on them, and I have been on the hunt ever since.

Other than a watch and a wedding band, cuff links are the one piece of jewelry that I love as a man. The funny thing is, although I don’t wear cuffed shirts often I love the sophistication and the history of them, which prompted me to become a collector. [Read more...]

Estate Jewelry: Trash or Cash

Estate JewelryWe have all watched the show, Antiques Roadshow, and thought about all the old things hanging around our house and garage, wondering if we could hit the mother lode on any one piece. The same goes for estate jewelry. Whether it’s in pouches and protected or in knots and jumbled in a drawer, you could have a pile of cash or trash

According to Wikipedia, estate jewelry is:

… previously owned jewelry, usually acquired from estates of deceased or living, and private entities. Generally referring to jewelry that is of vintage and/or antique nature. The word “estate” in “estate jewelry” does not refer to jewelry coming from the estate of the deceased. Estate simply means previously owned.

How do you know if what you have is worth any money in the bank or if it is just a pretty bauble to wear and enjoy or give to your daughter or granddaughter to play dress up with?  And, why would you want to know if what you own is worth any money? [Read more...]