SCRAP GOLD AND PLATINUM

by on May 8, 2018

Did you know that you can sell your precious metals, gold or platinum, for money or use as a trade-in for a piece of jewelry in our inventory that you would enjoy wearing? Trading in unwanted gold or platinum can have substantial value and could be worth much more than you would ever imagine!

We pay full value for platinum, 10k, 14k, 18k and 22k gold, based on the published price the day we receive it. We will weigh and calculate the value of your metal when received and communicate the results to you promptly. You will be surprised at how quickly the dollar value adds up.

We are particularly interested in older/antique jewelry and if you have something you are not wearing, we may pay substantially more than just the value of the metal. A quick picture of your older/antique jewelry, taken with your cell phone, is all we need to give you an idea of what we would be able to offer or allow you towards a trade-in. Our e-mail is gesner@gesner.com

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The Art Nouveau time period, 1890 -1915, is a span of time which included curved and flowing lines which were inspired by nature. Images of leaves, flowers, certain insects like dragonflies and butterflies, birds like peacocks and swans and even women’s faces with beautiful hair affected the style of architecture, jewelry, fine art, furniture, glass and metalwork. As it relates to jewelry, the Art Nouveau time period embraced all of the above mentioned themes and this jewelry was often crafted in platinum as well as yellow gold. Often times, you would see enameling and the use of a variety of stones such as aquamarine, peridot, pearls, opal and diamonds, for example.  Plique-a-jour jewelry which has exquisite see-through enameling was extremely popular during that time as well. We will discuss this type of jewelry in a future blog. This ultra-feminine jewelry was unique and highly sought after then and still is to this day.

Here is a wonderful example of a magnificent Art Nouveau Antique Fashion ring that was crafted in 18 karat yellow gold and features a 1.33ct. round opal with a beautiful play of color. Notice the curved lines of the leaves, which are enameled, in this very wearable piece of artwork. It is fully marked with French gold hallmarks and has the maker’s mark, Delurret, a well known and respected producer of Art Nouveau jewelry.

J36898 – http://www.gesner.com/art-nouveau-1-33ct-opal-enamel-antique-fashion-ring-by-delurret-18k-yellow-gold.html

 

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The Art Deco time period, 1920-1935, is well known for specific styling of architecture, fashion and, in fact, everything material. In the early 1920’s, jewelry was created in platinum, the king of metals. Master jewelers took pride and valuable time, painstakingly, creating jewelry with the most detailed and intricate designs. Platinum was used because it was malleable which allowed the jeweler to create jewelry with meticulous piercings and filigree. Usually, these precious pieces of jewelry, which can only be described as artwork, contained diamonds and frequently accented with sapphires (often synthetic) and rubies or emeralds.

This Art Deco diamond Antique engagement ring is by Lambert Brothers of NYC, crafted in platinum, features a sparkling .74ct. apx. European cut center diamond with VS2 clarity and G-H color. The center diamond is accented with .16ct. T.W. apx. of European cut diamonds of very fine quality with VS1-SI1 clarity and F-G color. Notice the fine piercings, engraving and milgrain which is all finished by hand. This is a one of a kind diamond Antique engagement ring!

J34390 – http://www.gesner.com/74-ct-diamond-platinum-art-deco-engagement-ring-lamberts.html

 

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Gesner Estate Jewelry is a full service jewelry store with two locations in Tampa and Largo, Florida.  We offer everything from sales of beautiful and one-of-a-kind antique jewelry (specializing in engagement rings and wedding bands) as well as vintage and estate jewelry, such as gold and platinum bejeweled necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches, to jewelry repair and watch repair.

Our Master Jeweler is available for all jewelry repair.  He specializes in refurbishing intricate and detailed antique engagement rings, as well as other antique and estate jewelry items.  Not only does he repair and refurbish jewelry, but he can take platinum from the point of melting and create a unique handmade piece of jewelry using your imaginative ideas.

Gesner Estate Jewelry also offers full service watch repair, to include luxury brands such as Rolex, Tag Heuer, Breitling, Audemars Piguet, etc. as well as antique watches.

Our two locations are:

252 WestShore Plaza                                                                                                 

Tampa, Florida 33609                       

813.282.1008

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1600 West Bay Dr.  

Largo, Florida 33770

727.586.6000

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Diamond Color

by on August 1, 2013

Diamond color is all about what you can’t see. Diamonds are valued by how closely they approach colorlessness – the less color, the higher their value. (The exception to this is fancy-color diamonds, such as pinks and blues, which lie outside this color range.) Most diamonds found in jewelry stores run from colorless to near-colorless, with slight hints of yellow or brown.

GIA D-to-Z Color Scale GIA’s color-grading scale for diamonds is the industry standard. The scale begins with the letter D, representing colorless, and continues with increasing presence of color to the letter Z, or light yellow or brown. Each letter grade has a clearly defined range of color appearance. Diamonds are color-graded by comparing them to stones of known color under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions.

Many of these color distinctions are so subtle as to be invisible to the untrained eye. But these slight differences make a very big difference in diamond quality and price.

Why does the GIA color grading system start at D?

Before GIA developed the D-Z Color Grading Scale, a variety of other systems were loosely applied. These included letters of the alphabet (A, B and C, with multiple A’s for the best stones), Arabic (0, 1, 2, 3) and Roman (I, II, III) numerals, and descriptions such as “gem blue” or “blue white.” The result of all these grading systems was inconsistency and inaccuracy. Because the creators of the GIA Color Scale wanted to start fresh, without any association with earlier systems, they chose to start with the letter D—a letter grade normally not associated with top quality.

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Diamond Clarity

by on August 1, 2013

Because diamonds formed deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure, they often contain unique birthmarks, either internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes).

Diamond clarity refers to the absence of these inclusions and blemishes. Diamonds without these birthmarks are rare, and rarity affects a diamond’s value. Using the GIA International Diamond Grading System™, diamonds are assigned a clarity grade that ranges from flawless (FL) to diamonds with obvious  inclusions (I3).

Every diamond is unique. None is absolutely perfect under 10× magnification, though some come close. Known as Flawless diamonds, these are exceptionally rare. Most jewelers have never even seen one.

The GIA Clarity Scale contains 11 grades, with most diamonds falling into the VS (very slightly included) or SI (slightly included) categories. In determining a clarity grade, the GIA system considers the size, nature, position, color or relief, and quantity of clarity characteristics visible under 10× magnification.

  • Flawless (FL) – No inclusions or blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification
  • Internally Flawless (IF) – No inclusions and only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) – Inclusions are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10× magnification
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) – Inclusions are minor and range from difficult to somewhat easy for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
  • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) – Inclusions are noticeable to a skilled grader under 10x magnification
  • Included (I1, I2, and I3) – Inclusions are obvious under 10× magnification and may affect transparency and brilliance

How did the GIA Clarity Scale come about?

Like the color scale, GIA’s clarity grading system developed because jewelers were using terms that were easily misinterpreted, such as “loupe clean,” or “piqué.” Today, even if you buy a diamond in another part of the world, the jeweler will likely use terms such as VVS1 or SI2, even if her language is French or Japanese instead of English.

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Conflict Free Diamonds

by on July 10, 2013

What is a conflict diamond?
A blood diamond is a diamond mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, invading army’s war efforts, or warlord’s activity. The time period of the conflict was 1975-2001. Conflict Diamonds are un-cut or rough diamonds that have been used by rebel movements or their allies to finance “conflict” aimed at undermining legitimate governments. These diamonds are mined particularly in Africa, where two-thirds of the world’s diamonds are extracted. The proportion of conflict diamond has always been very small and has been shrinking dramatically in recent years because of a variety of factors —including cease-fires in the Sierra Leone and Angola regions as well as reforms and new practices adopted by the diamond industry. Other names for conflict diamonds: blood diamond, converted diamond, hot diamond, or war diamond.

Throughout the 1990s, most of the world’s diamonds came from Africa, particularly regions undergoing civil unrest. Rebel armies in parts of Africa were exploiting alluvial diamond fields to fund their wars against established governments, putting people and the environment in the middle of their conflicts. Alluvial diamonds are found just inches to a few feet below the surface, making them easier to mine, but having an adverse impact on the environment. The people working these fields were often very young and subject to exploitation, with some losing their lives or becoming permanently maimed as wars raged around them. Hence, the term blood diamonds came into being to describe these types of gems.

The Kimberley Process
Today, 80 governments have adopted a system to control the export and import of rough diamonds mined from 2003 onward. Known as the Kimberley Process, it requires that each shipment of rough diamonds –before cutting and polishing – be placed in a tamper-resistant container and accompanied by a government-validated certificate. Each certificate is uniquely numbered and contains data describing the shipment’s contents.

Participating countries have pledged to impound shipments of rough diamonds from any nation that fails to subscribe to the standard. Shipments lacking proper certification will be treated in a similar way. The U.S. Customs is responsible for enforcement at American ports of entry.

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