What is the value of jewelry anyway? is it just a dollar value based upon supply and demand? is there any truth to the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder?" what about the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure?"
traditionally, the value of a gemstone is based on three things: 1. the rarity 2. the durability 3. the beauty. So a rare and beautiful sapphire is worth considerably more than a simulated stone.
metals of course are divided into base metals and precious metals whose value is determined by the world market.
some pieces, because of the prominence of the artist, rise above this method of valuation of materials. others accrue value over long periods of time as they become antiques or collectibles.
in the end, the real value of jewelry has much to do with the way it was acquired and how much the owner likes it. a trinket gifted by a loved one may have more value than a genuine jewel in an unattractive setting.
tHIS IS A SIGNED vintage Schreiner brooch - a collectible in like-new condition! online you will find comparable pieces ranging from $395 to $800. this one has a coppery hue which is very popular now, and an interesting array of colored stones. i have not seen one exactly like this particular piece.
it's an outstanding one of a kind!
while this textured and appliqued brooch is pretty, it is not a signed piece and is not collectible. the center purple stone is not genuine. the pin itself is brass and is fairly substantial in weight and appears to be well-made.
online prices for such a piece range from $10-40.
stamped "made in west germany" and plated with a gold-colored metal but not stamped, assumed to be base metal. The stones are very sparkly because they have foil on the backside (hence the name "foilbacks") and some of the smaller stones are missing. The plating is worn off on one part. probably from 1960's - if it were in better condition, it might be worth $30.
There are many things that set custom-designed jewelry apart from mass-produced jewelry, but the personal meaning behind a custom piece is arguably the most important difference. As we browse through the picture books that make up our portfolio here at The Art of Jewelry, we are reminded of the story behind each and every piece we’ve made. Most are happy celebrations of momentous occasions and milestones in our customers’ lives. Others are bittersweet - poignant memorials between customers and loved ones who have passed.
I think of this part of our webpage as a forum for sharing the stories and the thought behind the pieces - with emphasis on the painstaking efforts that go into making certain that each piece precisely reflects the emotions invested in it.
With our customers’ permission, here are some of our favorite stories: