Tiffany Favrile Scarab Beetle Necklace, ca. 1915

Value (2011) | $8,000 Retail$10,000 Retail
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GUEST:
As a young person, I was given an old scarab, an Egyptian scarab, and so I'd always been fascinated with those, and so about 15, 20 years ago I went to an antique show and I saw this and I thought... (gasps) It reminded me of a piece of jewelry my mother had that had Brazilian butterfly wings, and I thought, "Oh, that's the color." And then I got to looking and I thought, "I think this is Tiffany." And so I bought it.

APPRAISER:
And what did you pay for it?

GUEST:
It's been a long time, but I think around $400.

APPRAISER:
Around $400. And it was at a local antique show, something like that?

GUEST:
Yes, yes, here in town.

APPRAISER:
Well, let's talk about the scarabs.

GUEST:
All right.

APPRAISER:
A scarab is a beetle.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
And it was an Egyptian deity. They considered it a symbol of rebirth...

GUEST:
Aha.

APPRAISER:
...regeneration and life. Now, enter Tiffany. He made these beetles. This necklace is definitely Tiffany. It's Favrile glass. The chain is 18-karat. It is in the style of the 19-teens, around 1915. It has little short links and long links. The Tiffany & Co. mark is on the bottom of the central pendant. It is the legitimate and correct mark for the piece. It's a beautiful piece. And, at a good retail store, this piece would sell for $8,000 to $10,000.

GUEST:
(gasps) Gee. Did all right.

APPRAISER:
I'd say so.

GUEST:
Oh, my goodness.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Rhinestone Rosie
Seattle, Washington
Appraised value (2011)
$8,000 Retail$10,000 Retail
Event
El Paso, TX (June 18, 2011)
Period
20th Century
Form
Necklace
Material
Gold

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