Welcome to My New Website

Welcome to My New Website

Welcome to my completely renovated website! I used conventional mail to send my first newsletter in July 1998, and sent my last in that form in Spring 2004. One consistent feature throughout those twenty-five or so missives was "Estate Jewelry Finds," featuring some of the best pre-owned jewelry that happened my way. Sometimes they were from trade sources; but, as is always the case, the best values came from private owners, who have entrusted their pieces with me to sell on their behalf since I opened my business in May 1991. 

With this post, I rededicate myself to the beauty and value of estate jewelry. I do this by providing buyers and sellers with both in-person and online consignment venues for estate jewelry, in a professional environment that is safe for both sides, free of the uncertainty that surrounds gems and jewelry. This is a vetted marketplace that assures sellers they are not selling too cheap and buyers they are not buying too dear. More about my on-line consignment shop here.

In those newsletters, I indulged my love of writing (and, at times, crossed over into vanity press) by describing estate pieces and my feelings towards jewelry as best I could. When I first went online in 2000, my imaging capabilities were weak. 

One thing I hope to do now is to present the jewelry items I receive from private owners as accurately and beautifully as possible, so that their true character shows through. I am excited by the prospect of learning how best to photograph these special objects, to whom light is as water to living things. 

The gems and jewelry field is as broad and deep as the earth and all the people in it. For nearly the past forty years, I and my colleagues around the world have faced the many challenges this endeavor presents through the science of gemology and the discipline of appraising. Now, it is a wonderful prospect to me to add the tool of beautiful pictures to bring gems and jewelry and their value to you.

In the end, each piece of jewelry is a vessel of meaning filled with our personal history: where things started, and when, and what we do together each day, the promise that our days will be renewed. What her eyes looked like when I gave it to her, and the spark I've seen ever since; the feeling she gets each time she sees it on her hand.

This is the true value of jewelry, and I hope many of you will walk with me as we explore all that it means.

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