Appraisal Video: (2:55)
GUEST: It was handed down in my family. It belonged to my grandmother, and she got it on a wedding trip to New York, back, probably, about 1918. And then my mother got it after she died. And when my mother died, I received it. So that's how...
APPRAISER: And what have you found out about it?
GUEST: I've tried to find something out about it, but I've never been able to. I've gone to some jewelers and, you know, they say, "Oh, it's pretty, but we don't know anything."
APPRAISER: And what do you think it is?
GUEST: Honestly, I don't know.
APPRAISER: Do you think it's real?
GUEST: I don't know. I mean, it could be a piece of glass. I think it's pretty and I just like the design and...
APPRAISER: You know what? You're on the right track. It is a piece of glass. It's frosted glass, but it's made by a great French maker; very, very rare. We found the signature-- I was looking. I said, "This looks better than just glass jewelry." And right in the back of this is a signature.
GUEST: Oh, my.
APPRAISER: And it says, "G. Fouquet." Georges Fouquet comes from a great French jewelry house. His father, Alphonse Fouquet, started the firm back in the 1800s, and Georges continued the firm until about 1930s. When the crash came, they closed it. And then his son, Jean, actually worked with him from about 1925 on and then continued. It's quite rare. You know, these are diamonds.
GUEST: I thought maybe they might be.
APPRAISER: Yeah, they were diamonds. The metal could be white gold, doesn't necessarily have to be platinum, because Jean Fouquet, the son, didn't really care for white looking like platinum. He liked blackened white. He liked odd materials. That's what I love about the French designers, they would use insignificant materials like lacquer, like silver, onyx. The material was not what's important, it was design. And the son, Jean, I think is actually who designed it, because he was known for large planes, flatter surfaces. But I see you changed it, or your mother shortened it, and made some earrings, because it was very long, because that was the style then. So, the earrings are really not worth much, but if we add up the glass and the few diamonds, it doesn't amount to much. But this is where design is everything. So, I'm going to say,
conservatively, $10,000 to $15,000.
GUEST: Oh, my gracious.
APPRAISER: Yeah. So what do you think? A nice piece of glass, huh?
GUEST: It is a nice piece of glass. It really is.