A shop within walking distance of me opened up a couple of weeks ago. They purchase estate pieces for resale. Not really expecting to see anything of any consequence, I went in the shop to introduce myself and told the owner if he got in some pearls, let me know.
I was surprised to see he had, indeed, taken in some pearls. Madoff made a killing in this area and people are liquidating anything they even think might have some value.
He had a strand of akoyas, bad quality, bead showing, but nice clasp -- platinum fishhook with diamond a sapphires for $350. I thought the clasp was worth the price.
Then I spied a cultured silver blue akoya cluster ring in 14kt yellow gold with about eight 5-6MM pearls in a vintage setting. $400. He said I could take pics to show here. It's unusual. I think that price was good too.
He also had a platinum tahitian ring in a ballerina setting. Nothing special about it. I didn't ask how much because he was fascinated that I could identify cultured.
Then he called his partner and asked "where's that tahitian." Apparently his partner took in a natural tahitian pendant about 12-13MM. We shall see. He's going to bring it in for me to look at. I'll take pics.
Pretty Panda pic by nlerner on her U.S. excursion last year, San Diego Zoo.[/SIZE][/SIZE]