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    20th-Century Tiffany & Company Necklace & Pin

    Appraised Value:


    Appraised on: July 8, 2006

    Appraised in: Mobile, Alabama

    Appraised by: Joyce Jonas

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Mobile, Hour 2 (#1111)

    Originally Aired: April 2, 2007

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    Form: Necklace, Pin
    Material: Black Onyx, Pearl
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $4,200

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    Appraisal Video: (2:44)


    Appraised By:

    Joyce Jonas

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I love estate sales and yard sales and church sales and bazaars. And I always head to the jewelry. And I found these at a church fair, and I picked them up, looked at them, I liked the way they looked, the way they feel. And I didn't know much about them. There are some names and signatures there. So I paid the dollar for them each, took them home, and kind of looked at the tags a little bit and the name on them I was familiar with. So I said, "Well, I know it's something special. I'll just keep them." And I wore them. And I decided the ROADSHOW was going to be in my home, I'll bring them and see what they're about.

    APPRAISER: Now, what was the name that you read?

    GUEST: "Tiffany & Co." is on both pieces.

    APPRAISER: Right.

    GUEST: And then there's a signature on one of the pieces. I didn't know what that was about.

    APPRAISER: Right. Both of the pieces are Tiffany & Co. The little piece that you were talking about is in the front...

    GUEST: All right.

    APPRAISER: ...that has the little marking on it. This is made of black onyx and black pearls.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: There's a very subtle contrast between the two. Tiffany loved to play with color. And you paid a dollar for this?

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: I would say this is worth about $3,000.

    GUEST: Really?

    APPRAISER: Really. Because this is not anything that Tiffany makes anymore.

    GUEST: (gasps)

    APPRAISER: It may be 20, 30 years old.

    GUEST: And which are the pearls and which...?

    APPRAISER: The lighter one is the pearl, the darker is the onyx.

    GUEST: Those are pearls? Oh, my...

    APPRAISER: Yes, but you don't see that unless you're in this kind of light.

    GUEST: Is that right?

    APPRAISER: So it's a really beautiful necklace.

    GUEST: Thank you.

    APPRAISER: Now, you're right that this has another signature in there.

    GUEST: Mm-hmm.

    APPRAISER: Do you know the name Paloma Picasso?

    GUEST: I know Picasso. Oh, Paloma, the daughter?

    APPRAISER: The daughter. Yes. Well, that's the name that's in here.

    GUEST: Is that right?

    APPRAISER: Paloma Picasso made this piece.

    GUEST: Oh, my goodness.

    APPRAISER: I would date the brooch at about the same time as the necklace. This was at the beginning of Picasso's career, when she first started making jewelry. Let's take it off and see.

    GUEST: I'm so excited.

    APPRAISER: The signature for Paloma Picasso.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: So, that...

    GUEST: I'm so tickled.

    APPRAISER: ...of course, determines the value. And this pin, I would estimate, to be about $1,200.

    GUEST: Is that right?

    APPRAISER: Because of the Paloma Picasso signature.

    GUEST: Thank you so much. I am elated.

    APPRAISER: Thank you, Jessie.

    GUEST: This is great. Oh, that's wonderful. Oh, my goodness.

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