What’s It Worth? Designers, Styles, And Geographical Value

A California jeweler offered us a long David Yurman tiger eye necklace in 18k gold that retailed originally for $10,000 (Today, it would likely retail for $16,000 or more).

He only wanted a bit over the gold value so we speculated, buying the almost 60-gram necklace for $2,400.

The San Francisco seller said he bought it for scrap value and had “no market” for tiger eye and “no market” for Yurman.

True, in many parts of the US, interest in David Yurman has waned. And tiger eye, is, many insist, just a “rock.” A piece of common brown quartz. So why did we speculate? Many reasons. Our robust online marketing team is not confined to local fads, favorites or styles. Yurman many be weak in San Francisco, but his designs are still strong in hundreds of American cities. And for sure, tiger eye is just a piece of faceted brown quartz. To be specific, chalcedony or cryptocrystalline quartz. But it’s cool. And many younger buyers LOVE the mid-century look of brown gems. A number of millennials adhere to the ancient belief that quartz has magical properties and benefits health and spiritual well being. Many think it is a psychic protector and “great for business, and an aid to achieving clarity.”

If you have an interest in buying it, drop us a line. We will deliver it to you with free shipping. The price? With a modest 20 percent markup, $2,880. (The necklace is 36” long.)

Keep in mind, we buy David Yurman and all designer-signed jewelry – from $100 to $1,000,000.

If you have any pieces of David Yurman-designed jewelry you would like to sell, we would like to see it. If you need an appointment in St. Petersburg or Tampa, give us a call or email jeffreyphess@aol.com.

We will meet you at your home, bank, or attorney’s office. Always buying diamonds, fine wristwatches, pocket watches and expensive jewelry. Gold is high; sell NOW! No estate too small or too large.

JEFF HESS, Owner & Appraiser.
Comments, questions or suggestions for this column, please send to jeffreyphess@aol.com.
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