Automatic mechanical Watches

Automatic mechanical watches, or those that rely on gears and mechanics to operate, have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years after a boom of quartz watches.Also known as self-winding or perpetual, automatic watches wind themselves using an internal moving weight that winds or rotates when the wearer moves their arm, transferring energy to a power reserve and keeping the watch working.These watches require no batteries and can be considered “clean energy,” powered by humans. While they do not require daily winding, it is a good idea to wind an automatic watch every so often to ensure that they keep accurate time and enjoy a long life.

Winding your Watch
  1. Keep your arm moving.

     The automatic watch is built with an oscillating metal weight, or rotor, that tracks movement. The oscillating rotor is attached to gears inside the watch that are in turn attached to the mainspring. When the rotor moves, it moves the gears which, in turn, winds the mainspring. This stores energy in the mainspring so that the watch continues ticking. If the watch is not being moved in regular, everyday motion, the mainspring’s energy winds down. If you wear your watch and keep your arm in regular movement, this should be enough to keep the rotor moving and winding up the mainspring. This doesn’t mean, however, that your arm needs to be in constant motion. Automatic watches are built to respond to average, everyday movement in order to keep them working.

    • Typically, automatic watches store energy for up to 48 hours so that they continue working without needing additional winding.
    • People who are not very active, such as elderly people or those confined to bed, may need to wind their automatic watches with more frequency. If you are sick and laid up in bed, your watch may wind down since it’s not getting regular everyday movement.
    • Avoid wearing watch when playing sports that require continuous hand or arm movement, such as tennis, squash or basketball. This will interfere with the automatic winding mechanisms, which are built for regular, everyday arm movement.
  2. Take the watch off your wrist. While an automatic watch is intended to restore its energy by the rotor winding the mainspring through the motion of your arm, it does also require periodic manual winding to keep the mainspring tight. In order to ensure that the crown is not overly strained when you pull it out and wind it, you should take it off your wrist. Then you will be able to have the right leverage and angle to carefully pull the crown out.
    • If the watch is waterproof, the crown may be screwed down to provide added waterproofing. You may need to unscrew this crown by turning carefully 4 to 5 times. When you wind the watch, you will push down on the crown at the same time, which will screw it back into place. 
      Locate the crown. The crown is the little dial knob usually on the right side of the watch. This knob can be pulled out to set the time and date on the watch. It does not need to be pulled out, however, in order to engage the winding mechanism. The crown usually has three positions or settings that engage certain functions. The first position is when it is pushed all the way in and the watch operates normally. The second position is when the crown is pulled out halfway; this is the position for setting the time or date (depending on your watch). The third position is when the crown is pulled out all the way; this is the position for setting the time or date (depending on your watch)
  3. Turn the crown clockwise. Gripping the crown with your forefinger and thumb, twist it gently in a clockwise manner (moving it from bottom to top towards the 12 on the watch face if you are looking directly at the watch). Turn it approximately 30-40 times or until the second hand starts moving in order to fully wind the watch. Winding keeps the mainspring tight and at full energy reserve, which is also supplemented by keeping your watch in motion.
    • Contrary to popular belief, you cannot typically over-wind an automatic watch. Modern automatic watches are constructed to protect against this possibility. You should still be very gentle when turning the crown and stop winding when you feel resistance.
  4. Always set the time by moving forward. When winding your watch, you may accidentally move the watch hands if you pull the crown out at all. If this happens, reset the time by moving the watch hands forward in time to reach the correct time again. Your watch is built to move its hands forward, not backward, so it is better to keep the gears and interior mechanisms working in their intended manner
  5. Make sure the crown is pushed all the way in. Gently push on the crown to ensure that it is pushed all the way back in. If you have a waterproof watch, you may need to double check to make sure that the crown has been screwed into place. Pinch the crown with your forefinger and thumb and tighten it while pushing it in
  6. Compare your watch’s timekeeping with another watch. If your watch has been properly wound, it should keep time that is consistent with other timepieces. If you think the watch is still not performing up to standard, you might ask a watch repair shop to test your watch on a timing machine. This instrument will measure its timekeeping and speed in order to determine if it is slow or fast.
  7. Wind the watch fully if it hasn’t been worn in a while. Automatic watches rely upon motion to keep working, and they may run down if they have been sitting in their box or in a drawer for more than a few days. Turning the crown on a watch 30-40 times will wind it fully and ensure it is ready to wear. Turn the crown until the second hand starts moving so you know that the watch has started keeping time. You will also likely need to reset the time and date.

Photograph Of Jewelry

The most challenging areas of photography because of the size of the subject and the difficulty in capturing the artist’s hand-finished touches. Lighting, background and how the jewelry is displayed are all aspects that a jewelry photographer must work around in order to create an attractive image that will compel shoppers to buy. Whether your camera is a fully automatic model or one that allows you to adjust shutter and aperture speed, you can create a good jewelry photograph by carefully scrutinizing the overall shot before you snap the shutter button.

Take pictures in natural light. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon are the 2 best times to take jewelry pictures. If you pick a different time of day, create soft lighting that will compliment the jewelry piece from all angles. Ideally you will have slight shadows behind the jewelry to help make the piece stand ou
  1.  Diffuse strong light with a reflector. A piece of letter-sized cardboard wrapped in foil serves as an impromptu light deflector that can bounce light away from the jewelry piece when you aim it at reflective spots. If you need to use your camera’s flash, place a piece of facial tissue over the flash to diffuse the strobe. Wearing a white t-shirt while you photograph jewelry also helps diffuse harsh lighting from your camera’s flash when it fills the room with brightness as you snap photos.
  1. Show up-close details when taking jewelry photos. Use your camera’s macro setting, which allows you to obtain crisp, up-close photos of the jewelry. Select different angles that show what the jewelry looks like up front, from the side and even from behind.
  2. Show how your jewelry is worn by placing it on a model. A close-up, focused shot of a pendant hanging from a neck or a gemstone dangling from an ear lobe is more interesting to viewers and helps give them a better idea of the size of the piece.
  3. Watch for reflections. Jewelry is alluring because pieces tend to reflect everything in their environment. Jewelry can also reflect unwanted elements in the room where you are taking pictures, such as window blinds or light bulbs. To avoid unattractive reflections on your jewelry, stand as far away from the subject as possible while using your camera’s zoom feature to bring the jewelry into focus.

Jewelry Trends

If you’re looking to stay current this year, these five jewelry options are must-buys:

1970s Look

1970s jewelry styles have been making a reappearance this year. 70s vintage jewelry has become a popular collecting area and has seen an increase in demand on the secondhand market. 70s styles such as chunky gold necklaces, thick bangles, attention-grabbing pendants, and long, dangling earrings are especially popular today. Even mood rings, the perennial 70s favorite, have been spotted in designer shops and runways.

 Layering

Another popular trend this year is layering. Whether it’s layering delicate gold chokers and chains, or layering various hand bracelets, bangles and bracelets, the jewelry layering trend is here to stay. Update your favorite pieces by layering them with something new.

Mismatched Earrings

The asymmetrical earring has been sweeping the runways this season. Brands like Versace and J.W. Anderson sent their models down the runway in single earrings, while designers like Loewe and Proenza Schouler embraced the mismatched earring look in their shows. This trend can add a subtle, fresh element to your look. Have fun mixing and matching different earrings and experimenting with different shapes, metals, and stones.

Colored Diamonds

In April 2017, the Pink Star, a 59.6-carat internally flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond was sold for $71.2 million, making it the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction. In May 2017, a pair of fancy colored diamond earrings sold for $57.4 million, making them the most expensive earrings ever sold at auction. These record sales have added popularity and excitement to the growing colored diamond industry. Colored diamonds can be found in every color of the rainbow.

Raw Stones/Minerals

The use of raw stones in jewelry items, particularly pendants, is a trend to embrace. Uncut stones are the perfect organic, natural-feeling addition to any outfit. With the concept of crystals and their healing powers gaining popularity outside of the fashion world, the transition of symbolic stones to wearable accessories is only natural. Brands like Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Marni have adopted the look on their 2017 runways. Uncut stones of all colors and shapes can add a fun splash of color.

These five items are best kept in the back of your closet this year. The jewelry trends you should avoid this season include:

1. Fabric Chokers

Though fabric chokers could once be found adorning celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna, their popularity is beginning to wane. Chokers have shown they have real staying power beyond just a seasonal fad, but we recommend thin, delicate chain chokers as opposed to thicker, heavier fabric chokers if you are looking to stay on-trend.

2. Tassels

This cute, playful trend could once be seen on everything from bracelets and keychains to earrings and pendants. This year, though, tassels feel a bit dated. Try a statement pendant or a long dangling earring to replace any tassel jewelry.

3. Midi rings

Once touted as an up and coming trend, midi rings never really took hold. Due to their inconvenience, often not fitting on fingers properly, being uncomfortable, and falling off easily, midi rings are best left in the past. Try layering different rings and finger bracelets to achieve a similar, but more modern effect.

4. Brooches

Though brooches experienced a small resurgence on the runway in past years, it’s best to leave this traditional accessory in the past. Brooches often look fussy and can make an effortless outfit look overdone and dated.

5. Feathers

Incorporated in everything from neon feather earrings to long feathery pendants, this boho accessory reached its peak in popularity in recent years. Keep your feathers in the back of your closet to stay on-trend this year.

If you’re still not sure what to keep and what to toss, learn more about jewelry trends, straight off the runway.

 

 

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The Baselworld Watch

1.Rolex Cellini Moonphase

Rolex generated considerable buzz with its burly Sea-Dweller and Yacht-Master II sports watches. But this dress watch may have stolen the show. The company’s first moonphase model since the 1950s is a looker, but will also delight amateur astronomers. Rendered in 18-karat Everose, the watch will accurately track the lunar cycle for 122 years. Better still, the full moon appliqué  is fashioned from actual meteorite.

2. Citizen Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000M

At first glance, a light-powered watch that can be used 1000 metres underwater may not make much sense. It’s dark in those inky depths. But the lack of a battery means the hardened “Super Titanium” case never needs to be opened, making it virtually leakproof. Functionally speaking, it is a bathyscaphe for the wrist.

 3. Longines Heritage 1945

Benjamin Clymer, who runs the influential watch site Hodinkee, called the Heritage 1945 one of his favourites, and no wonder: It is based on a watch that he owns. Longines spotted the elegant dress watch, which dates back to the 1940s, on his Instagram feed and reverse-engineered it, down to his aftermarket tan strap. Little surprise, Clymer found the result “stunning.”

4. 1960 Grand Seiko

Seiko is known for producing watches for the masses, but its premium Grand Seiko line holds its own among the fine Swiss houses. To celebrate Grand Seiko’s formal split into a separate brand, the company introduced an exquisite reissue of its understated first model, featuring a domed crystal and wedge-cut hour markers. This retro charmer is available in gold, platinum and stainless steel, in limited editions of 1960 each, naturally.

5. Zenith Defy El Primero 21

Zenith, a legacy brand currently undergoing a dramatic reinvention under its new chief executive, Jean-Claude Biver, made a statement with this sexy new riff on its classic El Primero. This model features a titanium case, a skeleton dial and a high-frequency chronograph accurate to one-hundredths of a second. As with Hublot, another brand overseen by Biver, the new Zenith is about dressing to impress.

6.TAG Heuer Autavia

Classic Autavias from the 1960s often fetch five-figure sums on the vintage market. So imagine the delight when TAG Heuer updated the coveted 1962 racing chronograph, featuring a reverse panda dial and brawny black bezel. The new version has been modernised, with a larger 42-mm case and a date window. But it still channels the spirit of Mario Andretti, Jochen Rindt and other racing legends.

7.Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph

Rolex’s lower-priced sister brand continues to deliver bang for the buck. With its fixed stainless-steel tachymeter, the new Chrono feels both sporty and vintage. The big news for watch geeks is the new MT5813 movement in collaboration with – brace yourself – Breitling. Cooperation, even with rivals, is very Swiss, they say. Maybe that’s how they stay neutral.

8. Movado Connect

Two years ago, the dawn of the smartwatch era was the talk of Baselworld. Now the smartwatch simply is. Movado is closing the gap between a stylish watch and a wrist computer with this sleek model, featuring Google’s Android Wear 2.0 platform and five customisable versions of its minimalist Museum dial.

The Smartwatch

We’ll see more luxury brands break up the smartwatch duopoly between Apple and Samsung,” said John Guy, an analyst at MainFirst Bank AG. “It not only provides consumers with a luxury option, where the aesthetic is more in harmony with technology, but it also provides a springboard for younger consumers to move into traditional Swiss watches at a later stage.”

Within two years, Apple has become the world’s second-bestselling watch brand, outranked only by Rolex, disrupting sales of low-end makers and convincing LVMH that it needs to offer alternatives or risk falling behind. While low-end Swiss manufacturers such as Swatch Group AG’s namesake brand have introduced intelligent timepieces, exclusive makers like Rolex and Patek Philippe have largely steered clear for fear of sullying their image.

Breitling, TAG

Midrange Swiss labels like Breitling and LVMH’s TAG Heuer, specialising in sports watches, were among the first to recognise the disruptive potential of fitness bands that can monitor heart rates and track the wearer’s activities. Now fashion brands are getting into wearable devices. Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss each revealed models using Google’s Android platform at this year’s Baselworld watch expo in Switzerland, while Hermes started making leather straps for Apple Watches in 2015.

LVMH rival Richemont also recently dived into the market, offering a smartwatch under the Montblanc brand. Its $1500 price tag, like those of connected timepieces from Swiss brands such as Mondaine, is well below that of Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon. Last year Apple discontinued its line of 18-karat gold Apple Watches, which sold for approx. $22,260 moving toward the fitness market and adding health functions.

LVMH, which is France’s biggest company by market value, has tried to speed up the embrace of technology in recent years – bringing in former Apple Music executive Ian Rogers as chief digital officer in 2015 and launching two multibrand e-commerce sites this year for its fashion and beverage brands.

Last year, LVMH bought Rimowa, a German suitcase maker whose products include luggage with electronic tags that let their owners know their whereabouts via Bluetooth. Louis Vuitton introduced 800-euro ($1510) iPhone cases inspired by its monogrammed trunks last fall.

LVMH got about nine per cent of sales last year from watches and jewellery. Louis Vuitton’s traditional watches are produced in Switzerland. The smartwatch’s case is assembled in that country and the watch uses technology developed in Silicon Valley, the company said in a statement that does not say where the inner workings are made.

 Targeting Travellers

Swatch Group, whose brands run the gamut from inexpensive pieces to six-figure Breguets, is developing an alternative to the Apple and Google operating systems for a planned Tissot smartwatch whose launch has been delayed. Louis Vuitton is relying on Android, as well as technology from Qualcomm Inc.

Louis Vuitton is targeting well-to-do travellers with the new watch, which will offer flight information and city guides for seven destinations, the company said in a statement. It’s modelled after the mechanical Tambour line and is the first Android Wear smartwatch that functions in China.

The Tambour Horizon, which is round in contrast to the Apple Watch’s rectangular shape, is 42 millimetres (1.7 inches) in diameter, making it smaller than its rivals. Like the competition, it also sends notifications of text messages, emails and phone calls.

 

The Watch favoured by world elites

Watches and clocks is on a first-name basis with Patek Philippe & Co., the Geneva house founded in 1839. These fanatics will require little persuasion to see “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017,” a clumsy title that is in direct opposition to the elegance of the timepieces on display.

The show – open through July 23 at the Bellini-and-prosciutto pleasure dome known as Cipriani 42nd Street in New York – is rife with horological delights. It is free for the public to enter. It is expensive for emirs, oligarchs, and tycoons to buy the current Patek models on display, such as the New York 2017 Special Edition Ref. 5531, which combines a minute repeater and a world-time mechanism behind a dial that celebrates the Manhattan skyline at its cloisonné-enamel centre. But someone’s got to do it.

Looking back in time

The real treat here, however, is the older stuff, gathered largely from the house’s museum in Geneva, designed in 1919. Other timepieces come from such institutions as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, and a few were made available from private collections. The meticulous toil of Patek’s artisans has ensured that even visitors who don’t especially care about watchmaking in itself will nonetheless thrill to witness its results.

Look, for instance, to the U.S. Historical Room, featuring a svelte chronograph (Ref. 130J), measuring only 35 millimetres in diameter, owned by Joe DiMaggio. The Kennedy Clock owned by the 35th president is also here. There’s even some from people who never hooked up with Marilyn Monroe.

Other famous Patek owners represented include red-white-and-blue bloods such as jazz titan Duke Ellington, who owned a split-seconds chronograph; early Coca-Cola exec Asa Griggs Chandler, whose rectangular gold watch with Art Deco engraving is a mere 26 millimetres wide; and General George S. Patton, whose parents gave him a pocket watch when he was merely “Lieut. George S. Patton,” as the engraving on its gold case demonstrates.

Pocket de résistance

Many of the stars of the show are pocket watches. While the U.S. room houses an extraordinary collection of complicated pocket watches commissioned by the banker Henry Graves, Jr., elsewhere you will find such gorgeous, double-faced, super complicated models as the Calibre 89, first introduced in 1989 and making its first venture outside the Patek Philippe Museum.

But the headliner here is the Grandmaster Chime, a stunning chunk of applied artistry with 1356 parts, some of which are devoted to its five chiming functions, inside its hand-engraved case. Patek has paired this double-faced wristwatch, which made its debut in 2014, with a virtual reality installation that lets visitors immerse themselves in its working.

A separate listening booth allows you to experience the acoustic perfection of its chime. According to the exhibition catalog – which is, at $26, a steal – the Grandmaster Chime includes a “date repeater controlled by the perpetual calendar that indicates the date acoustically, as well as an alarm that when activated also strikes the time of day.” It might be necessary to put VR goggles on your face to get your head around that idea, at which point the bravura display of craft will ring your bell.

There’s even a moment of unintended contemporary relevance. Visitors should spare a moment to chuckle at the wall text describing Kennedy’s desk clock, given to him by the mayor of West Berlin

 

Size a Watch

Learn how to size a watch. Keep in mind what kind of a fit you’d like when you’re shopping for watches so you know what to look for. This can prevent future adjustments. If you do need to make adjustments to your watch, determine how you’d like your watch to fit and then add links, remove links, or replace the strap.

Adjusting Your Watch Size
Identify if you need to adjust your watch. Since watches can be worn tightly or loosely, you’ll need to decide if the watch is fitting the way you’d like. Check your wrist after wearing your watch to see if it leaves an imprint on your skin. If it does, your watch might be too tight. Or if the watch bothers you by sliding up and down on your arm, you may want to tighten it.
1.If you have a fabric or leather strap, use a different hole on the strap to secure it to your wrist.Remove links to make the band smaller. To secure the watch to your wrist, consider wearing it on a tighter setting. If you have a metal strap with links, pinch the clasp up towards you. This will show you how many links to remove. Use needle-nosed pliers and a push pin to remove the extra links or take the watch to the jeweler.
2..If you have a fabric or metal strap, use a different hole to secure the watch. If you’re on the loosest hole setting, you may need to use an awl to punch an extra hole in the band.
3.Add links to loosen the band. If your watch is fitting too snugly on your wrist, add links to the band. You’ll need to use links that came with the watch when you bought it or ask a jeweler to add new links for you. Carefully remove the pins from the clasp end and insert the new link. Secure the clasp end back onto the strap.
4.If you’re unsure what size strap you’ll need, look on your old strap. Many straps will have the size printed on the underside of the band. If you don’t see it, measure the distance between the lugs in millimeters.
Replace the watch strap. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws on both sides of the lugs. The lugs are the metal points that hold the strap to the watch itself. The strap should come away easily once you’ve unscrewed it. Put the new strap in place and screw both sides back into the lugs. Try on the watch and adjust the strap according to your preferences

The State Of The Jewelry And Watch Trade

 McKinsey on the five factors transforming the jewelry trade

This February 2014 report isn’t new—JCK’s Rob Bates wrote about it here—but for anyone struggling to understand the jewelry trade from a macro perspective and imagine what it might look like in 2020, the piece should be required reading. The nutshell: Make way for big global brands, “fast jewelry,” the continuing rise of digital distribution channels, and more high-low hybridization.

Hodinkee on the crossroads facing the Swiss watch industry

Sobering article about the state of the Swiss watch industry, examining how various players have responded to the sharp decline in sales since mid-2015. In short, some have embraced value and accessible pricing, others have thrown their hats into the smart arena—but the jury is still out on which, if any, strategy will work.

TAG Heuer introduced the Carrera Heuer 02-T, a $15,950 chronograph featuring a tourbillon, at Baselworld. The Black Phantom edition shown above retails for CHF 19,900, or $20,755, and comes in a limited edition of 250 pieces.

 The New York Times on the unexpected appeal of bespoke baubles

A lovely first-person essay on what makes tailor-made jewelry so darn appealing.

 WGSN on how technology will shape the fashion business

While this think piece focuses on the apparel industry and the role technology, such as 3-D printing, will play in its evolution, its insights and conclusions could easily be extrapolated to include jewelry. (Exhibit A: The McKinsey study noted above draws compelling parallels between the two categories. In essence, where fashion goes, jewelry follows.)

Bloomberg on a company that’s successfully selling secondhand jewels online

The article describes Gleem & Co. as “a one-stop shop that insures, appraises, and sells secondhand items on its e-commerce platform.” If you know anything about millennials’ love of recycled merchandise, you’ll understand why this approach makes all kinds of sense. One to watch.

 

Millennials Want Watches & Jewellery

Today, watches take up only a 4% share in a millennial jewellery box, but that jumps to 10% for adults over the age of 35 

To begin by the basic numbers, there are about 6.2 million millennial households that report earning at least $100,000 annually. According to Unity Marketing, this group will take over as the largest generational segment in the luxury consumer market around 2018-2020. This is especially true for brands in the luxury jewellery and watch category.

Today, watches take up only a 4% share in a millennial jewellery box. However, that number jumps to more than 10% for adults over the age of 35. As millennials are rapidly approaching the big 3-0 birthday, we can expect their timepiece collection to grow exponentially.

However, the look and style of those watches will likely be vastly different from the classic looks that used to define affluence. “Every generation brings its own trend, its own taste, its own way living,” said Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer in an interview for CNBC. “The younger generation is more disruptive.”

 52% of millennials who have purchased jewellery in the past three months like to show off their taste & style 

Through our research at FutureCast, we have tapped into three trends that have the potential to pave the way for the future in the luxury jewellery and watch category.

1. Millennials are skeptical about the luxury label

For millennials, luxury is not defined by how much money you spend, but rather how priceless an experience is. You will see very few young adults (regardless of how affluent they are) dish out tens of thousands of dollars for a Rolex watch, however they will drop the same amount on a one-of-kind vacation to the Thailand and you better believe they will document the entire trip on their Instagram account.

However, while the definition of luxury is certainly changing, there is still some validity to the fact that nice things make a person feel more successful.

According to Forrester, 52% of millennials who have purchased jewellery in the past three months like to show off their taste and style and 48% of those same millennials agree that owning the best brand is important to them.

The key, however, is to position fine jewellery as something that is defined by the person wearing it – not the other way around.

For example, a millennials might think, “my engagement ring does not define me; I define it.” Comparing generations, a boomer looking at fine jewellery may be more concerned about the 4 C’s of their product. However, while an affluent millennial still wants high quality they are not as concerned about standards as opposed to what the brand stands for.

2. Sentiment is biggest luxury jewellery purchase driver

As an experience oriented generation, most fine jewellery and luxury purchases have strong sentimental value for millennials. These budget conscious shoppers are not quick to spend on impulse purchases so the price tags that come along with high quality jewels or watches must be based on a deeper level of emotional connection.

Although Pandora Jewellery is not typically seen as a millennial brand, the company has undergone significant changes in order to reimagine the customer experience based on the values of modern consumers.

Last year, Pandora released a new campaign for Mother’s Day highlighting the emotions that every mother feels about her children. Six mothers were placed in a line and their children were blindfolded and asked to see if they could determine who their mom was based on touch alone (don’t worry every child picked their mom on the first try).

Diamonds might be forever, but wearable tech is right now 

The advertisement has virtually nothing to do with Pandora’s actual collection, aside from a few shots of the women wearing Pandora jewellery. What the ad is actually expressing is that these mothers are not defined by their jewellery.

Instead, their personalised jewellery is defined by the people who give them and by what meaning is behind them.

 

The American Jewelery

She was a student in Florence, Italy, when her mother paid her a visit—she’d flown in from their hometown of Roanoke, Virginia—and asked to have an ancient coin set in a necklace. St. Clair, on a mission to find the perfect craftsman for the job, hit the Florentine streets. She tracked down a goldsmith, and that was her first introduction into the jewelry world.

While the New York Times recently reported on the lack of jewelers left in Florence and the historic Ponte Vecchio (above), St. Clair continues to work with some of the same circles of craftspeople and artisans she met over 30 years ago—including the Florentine Jewelers Guild.

“Barneys didn’t even have a jewelry department,” she says. “I came to New York and showed them a few things that I was doing, and that was the beginning of their jewelry department,” she says.

“I’m lucky I have a few of the very senior goldsmiths in Florence still working with me. They’re very passionate about what they do, so they fortunately retire very late in life. We just celebrated my oldest goldsmith’s 80th birthday last year,” she says.

What drew St. Clair to the masters of Florentine jewelry is the way they work. “Their hands are so developed, in terms of the natural ability. They’re like tools,” she explains. With the city rapidly loosing the need and desire for skilled goldsmiths and jewelers, some of the jewelry designer’s partnerships have evolved to include the sons of the original goldsmiths with whom she first worked.

For St. Clair, it wasn’t easy getting the Florentine craftspeople to trust her, and that’s why she’ll never stop working with them. “I was in my 20s, I was a woman, I was American,” she says, ticking off the list of many reasons why it was hard for her to break into their circle. But as fate would have it, she beat all odds. “My mother brought me up to fear nothing, so I made myself a part of their world and was accepted as part of their family.”

Today, the designer heads to Florence frequently. Most recently, she’s been visiting every four to six weeks to work on her Golden Menagerie collection, which is about as close as jewelry gets to Haute Couture. Think: some of the rarest gemstones in the world, meticulously set into detailed, luxurious gold, touched by the hands of some of the world’s most prestigious goldsmiths.

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But how exactly does St. Clair obtain these rare gems? Similar to the relationships she built with the Florentine craftspeople, she has close ties with family-owned mines around the world. “While the diamond world is a big sort of industry-type business, colored gemstones are very personal. The people who deal in these various colored gemstones are usually highly specialized and very passionate about their materials.”

Take, for example, the Burmese Star Sapphires she used for a piece in her Golden Menagerie collection, which she got from a small mining family from Burma, run by the family’s matriarch. Some of the gems she uses have been passed down from one generation to another. “It’s like you’re dealing with Indiana Jones. Things like this aren’t coming out of the ground anymore,” she says.

Million Worth of Jewelry

Supermodel Miranda Kerr has returned $8.1 million worth of jewels gifted to her by an ex-boyfriend—who may have given them to her as part of a money-laundering operation, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The case surrounds Malaysian businessman Jho Low, who reportedly dated Kerr for about a year, before she started dating her now-husband, Snapchat cofounder Evan Spiegel. According to a complaint, Low bought her a 11.72-carat diamond pendant, designed by Lorraine Schwartz, for Valentine’s Day. That gift cost $1.29 million. He also allegedly bought her an 8.88-carat diamond pendant that was worth $3.8 million, and then bought her matching earrings, a bracelet, and a ring. A lawsuit claims Low bought the jewelry by misusing money from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund, or 1MDB.

Kerr, who is not a defendant in the lawsuit against Low, has fully cooperated with authorities and gave the jewelry to the U.S. Justice Department, Reuters notes. “The transfer of the jewelry gifts from Ms. Kerr’s safe deposit box in Los Angeles to government agents was completed on last Friday afternoon,” a spokesperson for Kerr said in a statement. “From the start of the inquiry, Miranda Kerr cooperated fully and pledged to turn over the gifts of jewelry to the government. Ms. Kerr will continue to assist with the inquiry in any way she can.”

Other assets included movie posters and artwork given to Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as rights to the movies “Dumber and Dumber To” and “Daddy’s Home” from Red Granite. The Guardian reports that the U.S. Justice Department is still looking for more than $1 billion in assets they claim were bought with money stolen from the Malaysian government.

Some of the items at issue were provided to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for a charity auction. A spokesperson for DiCaprio said that those items, and an Academy Award won by Marlon Brando which was given to DiCaprio as a set gift by Red Granite to thank him for his work on The Wolf of Wall Street, were voluntarily returned.

Young For Good Jewelry

For friends, parents, and grandparents willing to spend, it’s not the idea of gold and diamonds but the recognizability of the items that gives pause. “Parents want to symbolize a milestone in a child’s life, but if you get them a Rolex watch it’s pretty obnoxious, and if you get them teeny diamond studs, they’re going to lose one,” says writer Holly Peterson.

 Among girls in New York, California, and Texas, there is a keen awareness of the brand-name options. “A lot of girls at my school wear expensive jewelry,” says Millie Felder, a 16-year-old in Manhattan who prefers three unfussy studs in each ear and a digital watch. Maddy McGuire, an 18-year-old in Dallas, is hoping for the Lana cross necklace for graduation, but she says she can wait to wear the diamond hoops she loves on her mom.

The screw-on supernova, the Cartier Love bracelet, is more divisive. Tiffany Masterson is the founder of Drunk Elephant skincare and a Houston-based mother of four. She says her 16-year-old daughter Chloe mixes David Yurman with chokers from Urban Outfitters, but “all she really wants is a Cartier Love bracelet, which I feel is in-appropriate for her age.”

It’s not just the price (they start at $4,050) but the fact that anyone could easily tally up how much a teenager is wearing on her arm, especially since many girls wear two, or even three, together. “Everyone covets it,” says Cayla Volandes, a 15-year-old in New York City (and the niece of T&C’s editor in chief). “But sometimes I notice they will get the ring instead.” (Ed.: Her aunt notes that she does not own one.)

Debbie Ellick Wallace, of the jewelry shop Barbara Ellick outside Philadelphia, says her teen customers “see what their camp friends from New York get for bat mitzvahs” but end up with “trendy, cute jewelry” that starts at $250.

Pieces that are personalized or have obvious humor also stand out. Aerin Lauder loves engraving important dates on Jennifer Creel’s Zodiac necklaces for gifts, and Jay Hartington, of Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida, sells plenty of $300 emoji earrings by Alison Lou. Somehow a pair of those feels fitting and, yes, appropriate. While taste and budget ultimately guide a purchase, Peterson points out one rationalization parents use for the Love bracelet: Once it’s on, it’s not going anywhere.

This summer’s jewelry

Dainty Gold Chains

Layer up dainty gold pendants, chokers, body chains, and more this summer. Mix and match delicate gold jewelry for the perfect look. You can find layering inspiration on runways, red carpets, and even on the streets.

Asymmetrical Earrings

A style that has gained popularity in recent months is mismatched earrings. Asymmetrical earrings add a bold, unexpected element to your look. Experiment with different shapes, designs, metals, and colors.

 Rose Gold

Rose gold originated in the 19th-century in Imperial Russia. After a dip in popularity in recent years, rose gold jewelry has returned to the spotlight. Rose gold is made from a combination of gold, copper, and sometimes silver. The warm hue can be found on everything from rings and bracelets to earrings and necklaces.

Ear Climbers

From bold to minimalist, ear climbers come in an array of sizes, shapes, and designs. Add an edgy, romantic, or chic aspect to your outfit with an on-trend ear climber.

Anklets

To spice up your summer sandals, opt for an anklet. Whether you choose a fabric or metal design, an anklet will add a subtle pop to a bare leg.

Hoop Earrings

“The bigger, the better” is true when it comes to this summer jewelry essential: hoop earrings. For an easy, stylish look, don a pair of hoops.

Toe Rings

Add some glamour to a bare foot or sandal with a toe ring. For centuries, women in India have worn toe rings as a ritualistic adornment. After being brought to the US in the 1970s, toe rings have increased in popularity in recent seasons.

Chokers

One of the biggest jewelry trends this summer is chokers. From collars to thin chains, chokers have risen in popularity in recent years. Just about every celebrity, from Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian to Katy Perry and Rihanna, has been spotted wearing a choker.

Colored Stones

Colored gemstones are the perfect bright summer look. Gems like ruby, sapphire, and emerald are bold, exciting choices this season. If you would like to upgrade your ruby, sapphire, or emerald jewelry for a more modern choice, simply fill out the online form and you will receive your initial valuation shortly.

Sell high-end Jewelry Online

Whatever your reason for selling, the most important thing is to find a trustworthy seller that will pay you a fair amount. There are 2 steps to follow in order sell your luxury jewelry

FIND OUT THE DETAILS ON YOUR PIECE

Any buyer will want to know the details of the item that you are looking to sell. Below we have outlined the information you need:

If you do not, then it is important to get an educated opinion. A local jeweler can often give you a good idea of the characteristics of your jewelry at no cost. You do not need to ask for a written appraisal (there are costs associated with this).You may have the original paperwork on your piece that details the brand and the quality of any precious metals or stones. In which case you are in a good position to start selling.

BEST WAY TO SELL HIGH-END JEWELRY ONLINE

So what options are available to you? Popular options for selling high-end jewelry include:

SELLING ONLINE TO CONSUMERS

Examples: EBay, Craigslist.

Pros: Popular option, quick to upload details of your jewelry.

Cons: Time consuming and difficult to set a reserve price without working with jewelry specialists.

SELLING TO ONLINE  HIGH-END JEWELRY BUYERS

Example: WP Diamonds.

Pros: Quick and easy, selling online allows you to sell from the comfort of your home. There are no fees, you will receive a competitive price and work with designer jewelry experts.

Cons: Should you opt for an in person appointment, there are limited locations (WP Diamonds has appointments in New York, LA and Da

Example: Pawnshop, Jeweler

Pros: Local, convenient.

Cons: Low prices unless sold on consignment, which is long process with no guarantee of sale and the jeweler takes a percentage of the sale price.

Regardless of whom you choose to sell your high-end jewelry to, we always recommend that you take the following precautions:

  • Work with a company that has an A+ rating from the BBB.
  • Check reviews from previous customers.
  • Check that there are no upfront fees involved.

SELL YOUR HIGH-END JEWELRY TODAY

At WP Diamonds, our designer and luxury jewelry experts are on hand to help you sell your high-end jewelry. Our process can take as little as 48 hours and there are no fees involved. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and hundreds of online reviews from our customers, you can sell your jewelry safe in the knowledge that you are dealing with a trustworthy company.

Jewelry Box

HOW TO DECLUTTER

 Have a walk around your home and go through every part of each room. It might be best to just take some time out of everyday for a week or so to do this. Go through your drawers and create piles:

  1. Things you use and love
  2. Things you will use in the next 3-6 months (set an alarm on your phone, if you have not used these items, it’s time to say goodbye to them)
  3. Items that hold sentimental value, such as items you have inherited that you cannot bear to part with
  4. Items to get rid of

Once you have done this, you can put items from 1, 2 and 3 away. This also gives you an opportunity to clean your home, while everything is out of its usual place. Then decide which items from pile 4 need to be discarded, and which can be passed on or sold.

Start with something small

If you start with something small, it will be less overwhelming and intimidating for you. A good place to start is by decluttering your jewelry box, before moving onto larger areas such as your wardrobe.

Be ruthless

There is no point in having a declutter if you hold onto 99% of your belongings. If you don’t need it or it doesn’t make you feel something, get rid of it.

HOW TO UNCLUTTER YOUR JEWELRY BOX

Go through each item one by one. Put back items that you wear regularly and still love, as well as jewelry that you wear regularly to special occasions.

Questions to ask yourself while decluttering are:

  • Have I worn this within the past three months?
  • Will I wear it in the next three months?
  • What does this piece mean to me?

Have a look at your jewelry and see if any pieces are similar to each other and which ones you prefer. If you have two items that are similar in style, but you wear one more than the other – that is the time to declutter.

Popular Rolex Watches

Yacht-Master

One of the more recent watches produced by Rolex, the Yacht-Master was first created in 1992. Made for sailors and yachters, the watch is waterproof and easy-to-read. Introduced in 2007 and first produced in 2010, the Yacht-Master II was designed with regattas in mind. The watch includes a programmable countdown sequence that can easily be adjusted during the start of a race. The Yacht-Master combines form and function to create a stylish, practical watch for sailors and regular consumers alike. Eric Clapton’s Yacht-Master prototype, which he wore in the 60s and 70s, decades before the Yacht-Master was officially released, was sold at auction in 2003 for an impressive $125,000.

Submariner

Produced in 1953, the Submariner was the first watch that was able to stay waterproof up to depths of 330 feet. The watch was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair, where it became an instant hit. At the time, the watch was sold for around $150 to $200. Today, a vintage Rolex submariner from that era can sell for anywhere from $25,000 to $500,000, a testament to Rolex’s ever-increasing popularity and illustriousness. These days, the Submariner closely resembles its 1954 counterpart, though current models are now water-resistant up to 1000 feet. In 2017, a white gold Submariner sold at auction for $628,572, making it one of the most expensive Rolexes ever sold. This sale cemented the Submariner amongst Rolex’s most popular models. One of the most notable Submariners is the Submariner model 16610, first introduced in 1989. The 16610 model is considered by many to be the most counterfeited watches in the world.

Famous wearers: James Bond, Che Guevara, Jacques Cousteau, Steve McQueen, Fidel Castro, Johnny Depp

Datejust

Introduced in 1945, the Datejust was the first watch to feature an automatically changing date as well as self-winding capabilities. One of the most famous watches in the world, the Datejust changed the course of modern watches. In 2009, Rolex released the Datejust II, a larger version with slight technological and mechanical updates. The Datejust can be purchased with two different Rolex bracelets, the jubilee and the oyster. Available for men and women, this watch can be spotted on the wrists of some of the most notable people in history.

Famous wearers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan

Daytona

Since 1963, the Rolex Daytona has remained one of the most iconic luxury watches to be found. The Daytona, a sturdy watch that is waterproof and able to measure speeds up to 400km an hour, was originally designed for race car drivers. The watch was named after the famous Daytona Beach Road Course, a sand and pavement course where fifteen world land speed records have been set. The Daytona watch gained even more popularity due to Paul Newman’s association with the timepiece. In 1972, Paul Newman began racing, and his wife gifted him with a Daytona watch. After Newman was featured on an Italian magazine wearing the watch, the timepiece became an instant success. Newman is said to have worn the watch every day from 1972 until his death. Today, the model Paul Newman wore is often sold for exorbitant amounts; in 2013, a Paul Newman Daytona was auctioned off for over $1 million.

Famous Wearers: Paul Newman, Brad Pitt, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Ellen Degeneres

GMT-Master

First designed for use by airline pilots in 1954, the GMT-Master has since become a classic. The watch was designed alongside Pan American Airways to serve the needs of their pilots and navigators as they crossed time zones. The watch includes a 24-hour display and the ability to display two time zones at once, a highly innovative feature at the time. In 1985, the GMT-Master II was released, with an updated movement.

Famous Wearers: Marlon Brando, Pablo Picasso, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman

Yacht-Master

One of the more recent watches produced by Rolex, the Yacht-Master was first created in 1992. Made for sailors and yachters, the watch is waterproof and easy-to-read. Introduced in 2007 and first produced in 2010, the Yacht-Master II was designed with regattas in mind. The watch includes a programmable countdown sequence that can easily be adjusted during the start of a race. The Yacht-Master combines form and function to create a stylish, practical watch for sailors and regular consumers alike. Eric Clapton’s Yacht-Master prototype, which he wore in the 60s and 70s, decades before the Yacht-Master was officially released, was sold at auction in 2003 for an impressive $125,000.

Iconic Watches in Movies

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Martin Sheen as Captain Willard

Apocalypse Now captivated moviegoers with its raw portrayal of the Vietnam War. At the heart of this war epic is the story of Captain Willard, who dons this memorable Seiko watch as he leads a mission to find rogue officer Colonel Kurtz. During the Vietnam War, Seiko 6105’s were one of a few watches available for purchase on US military bases, making it a historically accurate and unforgettable choice for the film’s protagonist.

Aliens (1986) – Sigourney Weaver as Ripley

Seiko 7A28-7000

At the heart of James Cameron-directed Aliens is the Seiko 7A28-7000, designed by car designer Giorgetto Giugiaroto, who was named the Car Designer of the 20th Century and is well-known for designs such as the DeLorean DMC12, the BMW M1, and the Lotus Esprit S1. One notable design element of the Seiko watch is the chronograph feature protruding from the right side. The futuristic yet functional design of the timepiece matches the feel of the film.

Dr. No (1962) – Sean Connery as James Bond

Rolex 6538

One of the most memorable movie watches, the Rolex 6538 was featured in numerous early James Bond films, including Dr. NoFrom Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), and Thunderball (1965). Known amongst many collectors as “The Bond Submariner”, this watch set the standard for effortless style. For more on Rolex watches, check out our list of the top 5 most popular Rolex models, which includes the beloved Rolex Submariner collection.

Le Mans (1971) – Steve McQueen as Michael Delaney

Heuer Monaco

As racecar driver Michael Delaney, Steve McQueen sports this blue-dialed Tag Heuer timepiece throughout the film. The watch was discontinued in the 1970s and reintroduced in 1998 with updated mechanisms. The original watch worn by McQueen sold for $87,600 in 2009 and was again sold in 2012 for a whopping $799,500.

Casino Royale (2006) – Daniel Craig as James Bond

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

Though James Bond remained faithful to his Rolex for many years, in 2006, Daniel Craig donned the notable Omega Seamaster for his turn as James Bond. Omega invested a great deal in order to associate itself with the James Bond brand. The same model was worn by Craig in Quantam of Solace (2008) and by Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye (1995) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is not Enough (1999), and Die Another Day (2002). For more information, read a comprehensive history of Omega’s relationship with James Bond.

Drive (2011) – Ryan Gosling as Driver

Patek Philippe with brown strap

Ryan Gosling shined as a getaway driver in this 2011 film, sporting a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe watch with a brown leather strap. Though this understated model isn’t available for public purchase, the watch played a notable role in the movie and left a lasting impression on viewers. Five or six models were used during filming and stunts, and reports say Ryan Gosling requested to bring one home from the film set as a souvenir once filming wrapped.

TIPS FOR SELLING JEWELRY

First, let’s learn a bit more about Tiffany’s illustrious history:

CAN I SELL MY TIFFANY JEWELRY WITHOUT BOX AND PAPERS?

If you are looking to sell your Tiffany jewelry, one of the first steps is to gather all information and paperwork you can find about your item, including any receipts, warranty cards, certificates of authenticity, information booklets, presentation boxes, and any appraisals or other certificates you may have. This paperwork can assist potential buyers in accurately pricing your item and can make the sale of your item a simpler, smoother process. Additionally, many buyers will pay a premium for the box and papers along with your item.

Still, if you do not have the box and papers for your Tiffany item, it is absolutely still possible to sell your piece. Though you may receive a slightly lower price than you would have with the box and papers, a satisfying and successful sale is still achievable. If you do not have any information regarding your Tiffany piece, the best thing to do is see if the item is still listed on the Tiffany website as this will detail all of the jewelry’s characteristics. Any information you can provide to a potential buyer will be helpful. Learn more about selling your Tiffany jewelry without box and papers.

WHERE CAN I SELL MY TIFFANY JEWELRY ONLINE?

Selling your jewelry online is a more convenient, simpler way to sell your jewelry than finding a buyer locally. Oftentimes, selling online can help you get a better price for your good, as you have access to a larger market of potential buyers. Some of the most popular ways to sell your Tiffany jewelry online include:

  • Online auction sites – A popular option for many people is to sell their Tiffany pieces on websites like eBay or Craigslist. These websites offer user-friendly ways to list items. Still, selling on these websites can be time-consuming, and it can be very difficult to accurately price your item without knowledge and expertise about the designer jewelry market. Additionally, many dealers will search websites like eBay and Craigslist for good deals on jewelry from inexperienced sellers.
  • Online Auction House – There are many online auction houses that accept Tiffany jewelry, but only for extremely high value, rare pieces. While these online auction houses can seem convenient, the process is often lengthy with high fees and no guarantee of sale. Additionally, if the reserve is set low, someone may purchase your item at a bargain.
  • Online Specialist Buyer – Online specialist buyers such as WP Diamonds offer a quick, easy online service for selling your Tiffany items. The knowledge and expertise of these specialist buyers ensure you get the best price for your good.

HOW DO I SELL MY TIFFANY JEWELRY THROUGH WP DIAMONDS?

WP Diamonds offers an easy, secure service for selling Tiffany and other designer jewelry, diamonds, and luxury watches. With an A+ rating from the BBB and excellent customer reviews, we offer a quick and transparent service with no fees.

Simply follow these five steps to have a satisfactory sale:

  1. Fill out the online form.
  2. A member of our team will be in touch shortly with an initial price range.
  3. Make an appointment or mail in your Tiffany jewelry via our free, fully insured FedEx Priority Overnight shipping.
  4. Receive your final offer.
  5. If you accept the final offer, you can get paid in as little as 24 hours. If you are not satisfied with the offer, we will return your item to you insured and free of charge.

DESIGNER JEWELRY 2017

  • Harry Winston

Harry Winston was founded in New York City in 1932 with Harry Winston, himself, as the founder. He was soon crowned the “King of Diamonds” and “Jeweler to the Stars” for his high-end creations. One of the most notable pieces he acquired was the 45.42-carat Hope Diamond, a heart-shaped grayish-blue diamond crown centerpiece, which was passed along to King George IV of the United Kingdom. Today, it is found in Washington DC as part of the Smithsonian Institution displays.

Famous Wearers: Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Julie Andrews, Natalie Portman

Price Range: $4,000-$20 million

Most expensive Harry Winston sold at auction: The Gulf Pearl Parure, a 325-carat natural pearl and diamond parure, sold at $4,189,165 in 2006

Cartier

Founded in 1847 by Louis François Cartier, Cartier is been best known for their fine jewelry collection. The brand earned its reputation as “The Jeweler of Kings, the King among Jewelers,” pioneering the combination of platinum and diamond.

Famous Wearers: Andy Warhol, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Zac Efron, Kate Middleton

Price Range: $1,000-$2.76 million

Most expensive Cartier sold at auction: A 25.6-carat Burmese Ruby, called the Sunrise Ruby. It was dubbed as the most expensive ruby, gemstone, and non-diamond gemstone in the world, and sold at $30,335,698 in 2015

Chopard

Chopard is a Swiss brand started by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in the 1980s, originally known for creating watches and pocket watches for women. When Chopard was sold to Karl Scheufele in 1963, the brand was noted for its Art-Deco inspired timepieces and Happy Diamonds jewelry line.

Famous Wearers: Javier Bardem, Colin Firth

Price Range: $2,000-$16.26 million

Most expensive Chopard sold at auction: A suite of Emerald and Diamond jewelry, sold at $1,171,932.51

Van Cleef & Arpels

After their marriage in 1895, Alfred van Cleef and Estelle Arpels started a luxurious jewelry line in 1906 that still exists today. The brand has patented an innovative creation called Mystery Set—an intricate piece with a clip that takes about 300 hours for a skilled jeweler to create.

Famous Wearers: Queen Marie Jose of Italy, Margot Robbie, Cameron Diaz, Mariah Carey

Price Range: $1,500-$490,000

Most expensive Van Cleef & Arpels sold at auction: 8.24-carat Ruby and Diamond ring, sold at $4,226,500 in 2011

 GraffGraff origins began in England in 1960, when Laurence Graff founded the company. The brand is famous for its large diamond jewelry designs and also widely known for buying and resetting prominent diamonds.

Famous Wearers: Melania Trump, LMFAO, the late Princess Diana, Princess Charlene of Monoco

Price Range: $1,350-$46.2 million

Most expensive Graff sold at auction: The Graff Pink, a rare 24.78-carat pink diamond, sold at $46 million in 2017

David Yurman

This jewelry line was founded by David and Sybil Yurman in 1980. It has been known to sculpt designs reminiscent of the American Craft Movement. One of the popular designs is their signature cable bracelet in sterling silver and gold, embellished with colored gems.

Famous Wearers: Kate Hudson, Shakira, Brad Pitt, Jessica Simspson

Price Range: $300-$50,000

Most expensive David Yurman sold at auction: 18K Gold, Diamond, and Citrine interchangeable necklace, sold at $7,380

HOW TO DISTINGUISH IF YOUR JEWELRY IS REAL:

  • Look out for brands or logos – Premier brands usually have their brand or name stamped on the jewelry.
  • Find hallmarks – Common hallmarks for gold are 18K, 14K, 10, 750, 585, 375; for platinum, 950, PLATINUM, PLAT; and for silver, 925, Silver, 800, and Sterling.
  • Diamond Certificates – Authentic jewelry come with certificates from grading laboratories such as their own brand certificates or GIA, EGL, IGI, etc.
  • Have your jewelry appraised ­– If you are having second thoughts about your jewelry’s authenticity, have them appraised. Many jewelers will offer an appraisal service for a fee.

WHAT MAKES DESIGNER JEWELRY VALUABLE?

A number of essential factors affect the value of designer jewelry:

Brand –Luxury, high-end brands such as the ones listed, have held their popularity throughout the years. Their brand names are synonymous with luxury and high-end craftsmanship. Extensive marketing has established these

The Market – The value of luxury jewelry is dependent on market demand.  Should you have a classic, timeless design that you are looking to sell, this will likely sell more quickly and for more than a less known design. The reason being is that classic designs are always in demand.

HOW TO SELL YOUR DESIGNER JEWELRY ONLINE

If you are looking to sell your designer jewelry, WP Diamonds has your back. We offer a quick, safe and hassle-free online process as well as appointments at our New York office located on Fifth Avenue. Our in-house designer jewelry experts will be able to assist you and ensure you that you get the maximum value for your jewelry.