Jade Beads with Tiffany Clasp

Value (2013) | $35,000 Auction$45,000 Auction
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GUEST:
My cousin was in China in the 1920s, and he brought them back at that time and gave them to my grandmother, who in turn left them to me. And so I don't ever remember seeing anyone wear the beads.

APPRAISER:
Have you worn them?

GUEST:
No, I have never worn the beads.

APPRAISER:
And why not?

GUEST:
Well, I don't know. I just...she valued them, and we just put them away in a safe place, and we haven't worn them at all, no.

APPRAISER:
Well, when I saw you come in today and open the box, I was so excited, because jade is one of my favorite things. In fact, I wear jade rings all the time. And this is the first strand that I've seen in three years on the show, and I just couldn't believe my eyes. They are in fact jadeite jade. And they measure only four millimeters-- that's the smallest one-- to 8.1. And that's a negative. We always like to see them be bigger because they're worth more. But what I'm going to show you is how we look at jade. I'm going to take these off. And what we do to determine how good jade is is we backlight them to look for translucency. We want to see if you can see through them, because if they're opaque, the light doesn't come through as well. But these are very translucent, so that's great. When I looked at them carefully, what I did notice was some cracking, some veins, and that's a negative. But what I loved about them was the color. They are not the best color. The best color we would say is emerald green, and they're not quite that green, but they have a lovely tone and quality. And I was so excited that I forgot to look at the clasp, and when I turned it over, it said, "Tiffany and Company."

GUEST:
Oh.

APPRAISER:
Whoever brought them back probably took them to Tiffany's, had them strung...

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
...and then put a very appropriate clasp on them. Now, do you have any idea what these...

GUEST:
I really have no idea.

APPRAISER:
I'm going to say $25,000 to $35,000.

GUEST:
Oh, my goodness, how wonderful. That is wonderful.

APPRAISER:
So are you happy?

GUEST:
Yes!

APPRAISER:
I think you should wear them.

GUEST:
Oh, you do?

APPRAISER:
I absolutely think you should...

GUEST:
I'd be a nervous wreck now to wear them.

APPRAISER:
I absolutely think these should be worn every single day.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Skinner, Inc.
Boston, MA
Update (2013)
$35,000 Auction$45,000 Auction
Update (2012)
$25,000 Auction$35,000 Auction
Appraised value (1998)
$25,000 Auction$35,000 Auction
Event
Richmond, VA (August 28, 1998)
Period
20th Century
Form
Necklace
Material
Jade

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