John is a specialist in our Fine Jewelry department, nurturing a lifelong interest in jewelry with particular expertise in antique and period pieces. His love of antiques began in the flea markets, tag sales, and antique shops of his native Westchester County, New York, appreciating the beauty and simplicity of 18th century English silver. While studying at Boston University, John explored his interest in the auction world by joining Skinner’s Boston gallery team part-time in 2002 and the Jewelry Department in 2005.… Read More
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Antique and estate pieces of great value have been lost to the scrapper because neither seller, nor buyer, realized that the item had value beyond its metal weight. Before selling heirlooms and antique jewelry for their scrap value, consider having the jewelry evaluated by specialists at an auction house, either by making an appointment to bring in pieces, or sending detailed images. Auction houses normally do not charge for the initial review and verbal appraisal of jewelry, as it is an integral part of their business model. Owners can also send jewelry to reputable major auction houses for review through insured mail if an “in person” visit is not possible.