Here’s my advice that I gave in the talk: If you’re going to buy signed Cartier or signed Tiffany, you should buy unusual things. I’m talking about fine jewelry pieces that were done on a smaller run and that are not mass-produced. I think the unfortunate trend is that some collectors forget to really look at the piece and just buy a signature. Also, it’s important to make sure that the signature is correct.
Author Archives: Gloria Lieberman
The Tucson Gem Show attracts gem dealers and jewelry professionals from all over the world, including professional gem cutters from the Idar-Oberstein region in Germany, stone dealers from India, and dealers in Chinese freshwater pearls. This year, it was 17 degrees below zero in Tucson, Arizona—the lowest temperature on record! A lot of the vendors set up in tents outdoors, and they all sat around huddling. Despite the cold, it was an excellent show, and gave me a glimpse of what’s going to be “in” for jewelry this year.
I spent six months working in a jewelry store, learning more about materials like gold, silver, and diamonds. After all of this, I went to Bob Skinner with a proposal to start a jewelry department. He asked if I was a gemologist. I said, “No, I just took this week long course and I’m smart and honest.” He said, “You have the job.” I almost fainted.
People ask me all the time, “How do I get started buying fine jewelry?” Here’s what I say to them, “Don’t be afraid to buy something and make a mistake.”
Even in our recently turbulent economy, Fine Jewelry remains as one of the strongest auction markets worldwide. Why so?