Know your Pearls.

Know your Pearls.

I have been asked several time recently, if I buy Pearls? The answer is yes I do but 8 out of 10 times when I go to look at these Pearls I fined they are not real. I have no interest in Faux Pearls because they are today costume jewelry and of low value. Real Pearls have unique characteristics and over the years, like most quality estate jewelry have retained their value and the best sets have appreciated. On the web site for Sarasota Antique Mall (sarasotaantiquemall.com) I have a page that gives some ways to tell if you have real or faux Pearls. (All about Pearls and other Estate jewelry.) Or you can always set up an appointment and I will be happy to advise you. You never know, possibly you have a valuable set like these.

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The Cowdray Pearls, a natural grey pearl necklace from the collection of the late Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson (1860-1932) – sold at Christie’s London for $3.35 million

Sarasota Antiques is actively buying fine estate and old Jewelry including Pearls. Please give us a call if you are selling or just looking for a second option.

Phone Robert (941) 809-2388 Go to website www.sarasotaantiquemall.com Email ukfurniture@aol.com

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What is Sterling silver?

What is Sterling silver?                               silver-tea-set

In recant months the silver buying business has been very strong. We have had many customers asking “What is Sterling Silver and what is the difference with Silver Plate?”

Firstly, Sterling is the term used to describe the purity of a silver item. Most silver items are not made of pure silver because it would be to soft. So a small amount of other metals are added to give more strength to the item.
Pure silver is rated as 99.9% Sterling is 92.5% That is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other (most often copper)
Sterling silver is the most common standard used it was established in Europe in the 12th century. Markings vary and it can be hard to tell if your item is sterling so my advice is to contact a dealer. Sarasota antique Mall is always happy to look at any item if you are interested in selling or not. www.sarasotaantiquemall.com or phone (941) 809-2388

Silver plate: This refers to an item that has been made of a less valuable metal and then a thin layer of sterling silver is applied over the surface to give the appearance of real Sterling silver This is usually to save money and yet have a good looking item. Silver plate items do not have any commodity value but may have an intrinsic value. Again it is sometimes hard to know if you have a plated item as the markings were often made to be misleading. Seek the advice of an expert.

Hear is an example of English sterling markings known as Hallmarks

Also some interesting infomation on some of the best American silver companys.

Tiffany

Gorham Sterling Silver

sterling silver hallmarks
From Sarasota antique mall