Feb 272016
 

ted film crewJewelry appraisers have ample opportunities to quash the hopes and dreams of clients expecting to feather their nest egg when we value their heirloom jewelry.  But, then mom’s “alexandrite” or grandma’s five carat “ruby” turn out to be synthetic corundum and you are the heavy. So it was refreshing to participate in a feel good story recently that got world-wide attention for a few minutes.

The Call

So, I get this call one day from a lady who had dined in a local restaurant and bit down on something hard in her seafood dish.   I have had this story a few times before and have yet to give happy news to the diner.  Well, this lady said the thing was dark and spherical so she took it home and did some research, leading her to think she might have an elusive quahog pearl.  My initial reaction, as always, was to explain that I would have to examine it, but don’t get your hopes up. Continue reading »

Dec 122010
 

Dyed Chinese freshwater pearls sold as Tahitian pearls on eBay

Admin: Renee Newman is a Guest Author for the AIJV.
Here, Renee warns of the perils of following through with a deal that looks too good to be true.

Last January, a jewelry designer sent me an e-mail asking if the pearl market had crashed. She said she was searching on eBay for “black pearl” and the auctions came up with black pearls at ridiculous prices; costume jewelry cost more than the winning bids on these supposedly “Tahitian” pearls being sold out of China.  On pure impulse, she bought a “genuine Tahitian” black pearl necklace (see photo) when there was one minute left, and got it for $24.99, including priority shipping from Shanghai. Continue reading »