Marcus & Co. Tiara Ring, ca. 1890
Appraised Value: $6,000 (1999)
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Appraisal Video: (1:22)
GUEST: My fiancée at the time and I went to a little auction out in McGill, Nevada. It was in somebody's home. And somebody told me it came from a man that had come out and made it rich in the mining company and gave it to his wife, and it was dated 1846, but...
APPRAISER: I see you've got your receipt, which you paid $1,250 for it. That's not bad for an auction sale. It's made by a company called Marcus & Company in New York. They're a late 19th-century, early 20th-century firm. This is an unusual piece for several reasons. One, it's in 18-karat gold. It's got green enamel around it. It's called a tiara ring. And it's got quite a few karats of diamonds in it as well. It's really quite a beautiful thing. And it was in the pre-Art Nouveau style. And in today's market, you're talking about in the neighborhood of $6,000.
GUEST: Well, good. Not bad for what I paid for it.
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