Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Facts about Buying Jade/Jadeite



From an article in Asiaweek, by Ester Wensing:

Is it a good time to buy jadeite jewelry?
Absolutely. It's a buyer's market. Prices started going up around 1995, and peaked in 1998. Since then, prices have gone down. Jadeite prices have essentially followed the decline of the Hang Seng index. Now is also a good time to buy before the mainland Chinese market opens up. As the Chinese become richer in the next three to five years, collectors and investors from the mainland will probably start buying up jadeite, which is a very traditional Asian purchase. This will certainly push up prices, because there's a limited supply of the finest quality jadeite.

Christie's held an auction earlier this month. How did jadeite do? About 66% of the jadeite lots were sold. The smaller pieces did very well. For example, a bamboo-and-jadeite brooch sold for $5,769, which was double the presale estimate. The big pieces all sold just within their estimates, however, probably because there weren't a lot of buyers at the top end of the market. If there were no Sept. 11 attacks, the bidding would have been much better.

How much should you pay for a significant jadeite piece these days?
You could probably buy a very pretty piece for about $25,000. If it's rare and of high quality, i
t will appreciate in value [given today's low prices]. It could double or even triple. Design is very important. If the jadeite is part of a unique piece of modern jewelry, for example, that makes it more rare - and more desirable.

What about lower priced jadeite pieces in jewelry stores and jade markets?

You can buy jadeite [that are less brilliantly green] for about $400, but that w
on't give you as good an investment return. That kind of jadeite is mostly for your own personal enjoyment. Ultimately, buying jewelry is a very personal thing. Some collectors may not buy the highest grade of jadeite because they don't like it as much as they do other jewelry pieces [with less green jadeite] that they think are more beautiful.

How do you distinguish between top quality and lower quality jadeite?

No two jadeite pie
ces are the same. You need to look for color, transparency and clarity. A slight difference in the type of green makes a huge difference. The most valuable jadeite are pieces that have a brilliant saturation of green without artificial treatment. The more transparent jadeite is, the more valuable. And it must have a good, smooth texture. Age isn't necessarily important - after all, you can find lots of ugly pieces from the Qing Dynasty.

More on jade

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

15mm South Sea Pearl Necklace

15mm Silver-White South Sea Pearl Necklace 18"
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Location: New York, NY
Lustrous silver-white South Sea pearl necklace held with a 11.5 mm 18K yellow gold ball studded with diamonds.# This magnificent graduated SILVER-WHITE South Sea necklace is composed of exotic slightly ridged oval pearls with high luster and thick nacre. Pearl size: 11.5 mm - 15 mm# Pearl color: Silver-white# Pearl shape: Slightly ridged, oval# Luster: High# Nacre: Thick# Length: 18"# No. pearls: 31# Clasp: 18K yellow gold ball studded with 114 diamonds.# Clasp size: 11.5 mm# Clasp diamonds: 114.# Clasp diamond weight: Total ct wt = 2.24 ct# Clarity: VS1# Color: G-H
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Contact Information
Name: Judy
Phone: 800.847.8878
Pricing
Asking Price: $17,500.00 per item
Seller Information: Established seller of fine and estate jewelry since 1910.
Payment Methods: Paypal, Check, Money Order
Flexibility: Firm
Features
Quantity Available: 1
Condition: Excellent
Dimensions: 18" long
Type: Necklaces
Color: Silver white South Sea pearl necklace
Delivery Available: Yes
Manufacturer: Hand-strung on silk
Finish: Round, clean pearls

Italian Coral Jewelry

Italian Coral Jewelry
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Location: New York, NY
Unique selection of superior quality Italian coral in 14K and 18K jewelry.
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Quantity Available: 1
Condition: Excellent
Type: Other
Delivery Available: Yes
Manufacturer: Italian Coral
Finish: 14K & 18K gold
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Contact Information
Name: Judy
Phone: 800.847.8878
Pricing
Seller Information: Established seller of fine and estate jewelry since 1910.
Payment Methods: Paypal, Check, Money Order
Flexibility: Negotiable
Additional Details
14K yellow gold
18K yellow gold
Salmon coral
Angelskin coral
Red coral

Diamond Broach/Fur Clip

Estate Broach/Fur Clip: 8.5tct Diamond 18K Yellow & White Gold Pin/Brooch
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Location: New York, NY
166 brilliant cut diamonds set in 18K white gold surrounded by 18K yellow gold fur clip. Mint Condition.
Features
Quantity Available: 1
Condition: Excellent
Type: Pins
Delivery Available: Yes
Finish: 18K yellow gold
Information
Contact Information
Name: Judy
Phone: 800.847.8878
Pricing
Asking Price: $10,500 per item
Seller Information: Establised seller of fine and estate jewelry since 1910.
Payment Methods: Paypal, Check, Money Order
Flexibility: Firm
Additional Details
18K yellow gold

Emerald-Cut Emerald and Diamond Platinum and 18K Ring

1.69 ct Emerald-cut Emerald and Diamond Platinum & 18K Gold Ring
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Location: New York, NY
# One-of-a-kind ring. Center emerald-cut emerald in platinum and 18K yellow gold mounting. The intricate and unusual band is composed of an inner band of platinum under an 18K yellow gold "frame" band. Emerald wt: 1.69 ct# Origin of emerald: Colombia, South America# 48 brilliant cut round diamonds: total weight 1.00 ct# Diamond color: G# Diamond clarity: VS-1# Ring size: 6. Resizeable.
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Contact Information
Name: Judy
Phone: 800.847.8878
Pricing
Asking Price: $6,000.00 per item
Seller Information: Established seller of fine and estate jewelry since 1910.
Payment Methods: Paypal, Check, Money Order
Flexibility: Negotiable
Features
Quantity Available: 1
Condition: Excellent
Dimensions: Size 6. Resizeable
Type: Rings
Delivery Available: Yes
Manufacturer: Emerald and diamond platinum ring
Finish: Platinum & 18K yellow gold
Weight: 1.69 ct Emerald
Additional Details
18K yellow gold
Platinum ring
1.69 ct Emerald-cut Emerald
1 tct diamonds

Lapis lazuli Jewelry

Lapis lazuli Jewelry
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Location: New York, NY
Unique selection of superior quality Afghan lapis lazuli in 14K and 18K jewelry.
Features
Quantity Available: 1
Condition: Excellent
Type: Other
Color: Dark blue lapis lazuli, Royal blue lapis
Delivery Available: Yes
Manufacturer: Lapis lazuli
Finish: 14K & 18K gold
Information
Contact Information
Name: Judy
Phone: 800.847.8878
Pricing
Seller Information: Established seller of fine and estate jewelry since 1910.
Payment Methods: Paypal, Check, Money Order
Flexibility: Negotiable
Additional Details
14K yellow gold
Lapis lazuli
18K yellow gold
Lapis strand
Lapis beads
Lapis pendant
Lapis earrings

Burma Jade Jewelry

22 mm Burma Jadeite & Diamond 18K Ring
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Location: New York, NY
The fine Burma jade is enhanced by a circle of 32 brilliant cut diamonds, totalling 1.14 carats in total weight. This is superb quality jadeite, in a smooth even apple green color from Burma (Myanmar).# Superior quality Burmese jadeite cab: 22 mm x 20 mm# No. of Diamonds: 32# Color: G-H# Clarity: VS-1# Total weight of brilliant cut diamonds: 1.14 tct# Ring Size: 6 resizeable
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Contact Information
Name: Judy
Phone: 800.847.8878
Pricing
Asking Price: $20,000.00 per item
Seller Information: Established seller of fine and estate jewelry since 1910.
Payment Methods: Paypal, Check, Money Order
Flexibility: Firm
Features
Quantity Available: 1
Condition: Excellent
Dimensions: Size 6. Resizeable
Type: Rings
Color: Apple Green Jadeite
Delivery Available: Yes
Manufacturer: Burmese Jade
Finish: 18K yellow gold
Weight: 22 mm jade cabochon
Additional Details
18K yellow gold
1.14 tct diamonds

13.9 mm Tahitian Pearl Strand/Necklace 18" + Diamond Clasp
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Location: New York, NY
These are multi-hued natural color Tahitian pearls from the South Seas. The pearls range from 9.5 mm up to 13.9 mm at the center.Note the range of colors, from platinum gray, peacock, eggplant, black. The 18" necklace is composed with a yellow gold diamond clasp. Magnificently luxurious necklace with clean, round, well matched pearls hand-knotted on silk. Pearl size: 13.9 mm - 9.5 mmPearl shape: RoundPearl type: TahitianClean pearlsColor: multi-huedLength: 18"Nacre: ThickLuster: highClasp: Diamond clasp
Information
Contact Information
Name: Judy
Phone: 800.847.8878
Pricing
Asking Price: $10,000.00 per item
Seller Information: Established seller of fine and estate jewelry since 1910.
Payment Methods: Paypal, Check, Money Order
Flexibility: Firm
Features
Quantity Available: 1
Condition: Excellent
Dimensions: 18" long
Type: Necklaces
Color: Multi-color tahitian pearl strand
Delivery Available: Yes
Manufacturer: Hand-strung on silk
Finish: Round, clean pearls
Additional Details
13.9 - 9.5 mm round Tahitian pearls
Diamond clasp

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Diva Pearls Debuts



Ta-Ta - Pearls For Divas is now open for business. Devoted exclusively to fine cultured pearl jewelry, and including jewelry composed of a myriad of cultured pearls: akoya, freshwater, mabe, keshi, tahitian, South Sea, Biwa - each piece of jewelry is special.

Quality mountings in 14K, 18K and platinum are used throughout the collection
-- with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Angelina Jolie Wows in Tahitian Pearl Choker

Angelina Jolie does not need exotic cultured pearls and precious gems to enhance her look. Nonetheless, Jolie's choice of jumbo size black Tahitian pearls in a choker pearl necklace sets off the deep V-plunge neckline and perfects a near perfect image.