How To Find Fine Estate Jewelry on eBay

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As much fun as it is to “window shop” on eBay, we all have lives and I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to page through 29 pages of ‘estate diamond necklace’. And, if you are anything like me, you will get distracted by the pretty pictures and click on them, which then will lead to a sellers store and a whole slew of things you weren’t even looking for. Before you know it, hours have gone by and your wife has thrown the dinner out because it’s cold and the kids have gone to bed and it’s 4 in the morning. Whew….


Shopping on eBay can be daunting. Heck, selling on eBay can be daunting, but there is no doubt that if you are a collector of fine estate jewelry; eBay is a great marketplace. The trick is to know how to cull through the hundreds and thousands of listings to find the right thing for the right price, and I am going to help you learn how to do just that. [Read more...]

Peridot: August Birthstone and Gemstone of the Month

Peridot Gemstone of the MonthAlthough peridot is not a rare gemstone, it is the August birthstone and the gemstone of the month and one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient written records documenting the mining of this stone as early as 1500 B.C. This is a gem that is especially connected with ancient Egypt, and some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridots.

In natural terms, peridot’s history is different from that of almost all other gems because most gems are formed in the earth’s crust, but peridot forms in magma in the upper mantle, about 20 to 55 miles deep.  It is brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity.

The main source of peridot in the ancient world was Topazos Island, now known as Zabargad or St. John’s Island, in the Egyptian Red Sea, but today the most commercially important producer in the world is the San Carlos Indian Reservation in Arizona.  [Read more...]

Recycle, Reuse and Renew

Recycle, Reuse and RenewDid you know that the premise behind estate jewelry is being green? It is.  Think about it. It’s all about recycle, reuse and renew.  I’m going to explain how you can do all of the above with your estate jewelry and come out ahead of the game with either a new piece of jewelry or cash in your pocket, but either way, you are going green, recycling and helping the environment.

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Wedding Day Jewelry Every Bride MUST Have

On the big day you have the perfect dress, the perfect hair, the perfect nails and the flowers are just right, but have you thought about your wedding day jewelry?

Wedding day jewelry is like the icing on the proverbial cake.  It is the finishing touches that make the dress sparkle and you shine.  But, we know that you have already spent money on the engagement ring, the wedding band, the wedding dress and shoes, not to mention the wedding itself, so you certainly don’t want to spend a fortune on your wedding day jewelry, and I have the answer for you for that! [Read more...]

Custom Jewelry, Designer Jewelry, Branded Jewelry: Which Do You Wear

Diamond Custom JewelryOften I will get a call about a pair of earrings or a necklace and the customer will tell me that it is a designer piece.  But, when I ask who it is, it turns out it is branded.  Many times people mistake a custom piece of jewelry for a designer piece of jewelry.  And, sometimes people don’t even look to see if their jewelry is branded, designer or has a stamp at all.

It’s important to know if your jewelry is designer, branded or custom and what each means as well as how to recognize each type of jewelry because this will help you determine the worth of the jewelry that you own or want to buy in the future. [Read more...]