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Saturday, October 25, 2008

VICTORIAN BOOK CHAIN CAMEO NECKLACE & ANTIQUE 18K SEED PEARL RING MAKE WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR ANTIQUE COLLECTORS




























In our SHOP AT RUBY LANE and also on our sites at VINTAGE JEWELRY SHOWCASE and SHERMAN JEWELRY SHOWCASE, we carry, I believe, some of the most beautiful vintage pieces you'll find anywhere. While we showcase fabulous glitzy costume jewelry from designers like Sherman, Weiss, DeLizza & Elster (aka Juliana), Kramer, Miriam Haskell and others, we also offer some fabulous pieces of Victorian & Art Deco jewelry, along with an incredible assortment of superb quality vintage diamond and gemstone rings and jewelry. A trip though our Ruby Lane Shop is like a stroll through a display of estate jewelry and there's something for all budgets and all tastes.

Take the remarkable antique bookchain necklace shown above. This necklace dates back to the 1860's. We're talking nearly 150 years old! If you search images of jewelry from the Victorian era, invariably you'll come across a photo of some regal Victorian lady, or even her grand-daughter, wearing a book chain like this one, with a cameo that looks a lot like that of Queen Victoria. While this jewelry was everywhere back then, today it's quite rare to come across a book chain like this one, in great condition. It's a mixture of gold plate and real gold, seed pearls and carnelian hard stone on the cameo itself. Why was it called a "book chain"? Because each of the links in that chain are folded like a little book. Utterly delightful. This particular book chain weighs over 27 grams and we're offering it at $100 off right now for only $395 including insured shipping. Why not pick yourself up a true bit of antiquity? You can read more and see more photos of this piece by clicking the photo or THIS LINK.

Now, on the left is another antique ring we have in OUR SHOP AT RUBY LANE. Wow...is this one different. It's fashioned from 18k gold and features a ring of seed pearls surrounding an emerald. The emerald is showing its age and some of the seed pearls have been re-glued back into the bezel, but again, what a wonderful antique piece this is for the collectors. When you click on the photo to read up on this one and see more pictures, you'll get an excellent idea of how they made rings way back then. The construction is really something else! By today's standards, some most likely will consider it quite ugly, but it's a rare piece of antique jewelry history that can be yours right now for $325 including insured shipping from OUR SHOP AT RUBY LANE.

With the Christmas shopping season quickly approaching now, we are constantly adding more and more wonderful vintage items, including some of the most gorgeous diamond rings and genuine gemstone jewelry you'll ever find. Our prices are the best too. We know how tough the economic climate is right now and that's why it makes sense to shop with us and buy vintage. It costs so much less and is often so much better than anything you'll find in the malls. If you haven't checked us out yet, why not do it now so we can ship in time for Christmas?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

BUYING & SELLING DESIGNER VINTAGE JEWELRY THAT'S BEEN REPAIRED

Tonight's post has been prompted by a reader of this blog who wrote to me after reading about my headaches with an ebay scammer who sold me some Schiaparelli that wasn't Schiaparelli.

This reader went on to tell me about a Schiaparelli bracelet that he/she has and would like to sell but is afraid that now it has been very much devalued because of a small repair. I can only say I sympathize because of my own experiences with things like this. Take the gorgeous JULIANA bracelet shown on the right. This is a magnificent piece with fabulous colors and large clear stones. I'm selling it from my RUBY LANE SHOP for only $95 including shipping, but so far, while folks have put it on their wish lists, no-one has purchased it yet. Are they waiting for me to lower the price? Probably. Why? Because somewhere along the line, someone has removed a link from this bracelet (maybe it was too big or maybe it broke) and where they've fixed it, instead of using an original Juliana link, they're using something else.

Is this enough to stop a buyer? If that buyer is a collector, probably, because collectors want their designer vintage jewelry to be as close to perfect as possible. But someone who simply loves Juliana and wants to wear it, may not be nearly as fussy.

Here's another example. On the left is a wonderful Schiaparelli demi consisting of bracelet and earrings that is for sale from my RUBY LANE SHOP. This set is outstanding: gorgeous large aurora borealis stones in deep, dark shades and fantastic condition ... except for one thing: just after we got the set and were taking photos, one of the links came loose. We could have left it that way and it would have worked fine but didn't want to risk further damage. So I took it to my jeweler and he did a fantastic job of soldering the detached link. The soldering is not visible at all except on the underside. He smoothed it down and you wouldn't know it was there except I've told you so. BUT, this splendid set has been sitting in my shop now for months with no takers. I can't understand it: except for that soldered section, this is in near new condition and it's so very "Schiaparelli"...signed on both bracelet and earrings. I'm now selling this beauty for what it cost me BEFORE the repair. If you're not a super fussy collector but would love to own an authentic Schiaparelli, now's your chance.

I'd be very interested in hearing from others who buy, sell and/or collect designer vintage jewelry on this topic. I hope you'll comment and share your experiences and thoughts on buying, selling and collecting repaired vintage jewelry.