VIKING AGE SILVER JEWELRY FOUND ON THE ISLAND OF SYLT IN THE NORTH SEA

VIKING AGE SILVER JEWELRY FOUND ON THE ISLAND OF SYLT IN THE NORTH SEA

Back in 2015, a local farmer located a piece of silver jewelry along the coast of Sylt, located in the North Sea. Upon retrieval, the farmer’s family relinquished the piece of jewelry unto their family doctor, who was able to confer with local archaeologists. The area had been determined, and a continued dig had commenced. It was confirmed that the silver jewelry artifact was dated for the tenth century. Over one-hundred and eighty pieces of jewelry were recovered from the island, coming in at a total weight of one kilogram. Ingots, as well as coins, were also found, as well as bracelets, finger ringers, and one neck ring. Given the past associated with Vikings, it’s not completely out of the question that they would have plundered loot from various sources, and carried it with them across the North Sea. A rough translation of old English puts “pirate” and “Viking” in the same light, as well. Claus von Camap-Bornheim, head of the state archaeologists’ office, had the following to say: “This is one of the largest ever silver treasure troves from Schleswig-Holstein.” There’s no telling what the rest of the island of Sylt holds. Excavations are underway. It is significant in understand the last millennium of our global history. In the future, these finds shall be showcased in a permanent exhibition at the State Archaeological Museum, centrally located within the city limits of Schleswig. It is not confirmed at this time if this exhibition will be available for daily view from the public, or if they shall remain event...
GOLD RISING HAS A WORLDWIDE IMPACT ON THE JEWELRY MARKET

GOLD RISING HAS A WORLDWIDE IMPACT ON THE JEWELRY MARKET

The price of gold is synonymous with global markets. There are very few valuable metals or gems that can be considered “global currency,” though throughout history, Gold has always been just that. Widely accepted everywhere, with an often volatile market. In nations like India and China, we’re seeing a rise in gold prices all across the board, especially from 2016. The demand for jewelry is elevating, bringing in a higher demand for everybody’s favorite setting—gold. The Worldwide Impact India and China have the seventh and second largest economies, respectively, per the rating of the United Nations. With such a hefty stake in the global economy, their set prices for gold affect the rest of the world. Using both India and China as examples, here’s how their shifts in prices may affect gold prices for the rest of the world in 2017. India’s Impact In 2016, India faced a great financial shock in the form of demonetization. With their recovery gaining slowly—the way national recovery should regain momentum—we’re seeing their effects take place on the world’s economy in the gold market. Gold prices leapt up 16% from the previous year’s detrimentally low levels, signifying that the market conditions are changing, and changing for the better. This has jewelry retailers rejoicing, ensuring that their businesses will stay afloat after all. When the Rupee suffers, the rest of the economy suffers. The RBI specifically eased on their laws, allowing residents to withdraw larger sums of money with fewer restrictions, with the hopes of surging the economy in a similar fashion to George W. Bush’s famous move back in 2007 in the United...
DON’T THROW OUT YOUR COSTUME JEWELRY!

DON’T THROW OUT YOUR COSTUME JEWELRY!

Next time you’re going through an old box of ornamental, seemingly cheap and worthless jewelry, you might want to take another look (or better yet, have a jewelry appraisal expert take a look)—you may be surprised on how much your junk costume jewelry is really worth! Costume jewelry, by definition, is jewelry crafted from cheaper materials and/or mock gemstones. But according to Erik Hoyer, co-owner of EJ’s Auction & Consignment and J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, there’s a certain style of this vintage jewelry originating from the 1920s and booming in the ‘50s that could be worth a pretty penny, depending on the quality and craftsmanship. Upon a recent visit to a woman’s house to sort through unwanted items for an auction, he thumbed through a box full of jewelry the woman had deemed worthless and made a few surprising discoveries. “I quickly scanned what she had,” said Hoyer, “…and started pulling out pieces that weren’t, in fact, cheap costume jewelry but actually well-known brands. Some contained 14-karat gold.” The woman, who’s box of jewelry had been passed down from her grandmother, was quite delighted in finding out that some of her “outdated, junk jewelry” was actually worth hundreds of dollars. And who wouldn’t be? So before you donate that box of Granny’s old rings and necklaces from the ‘50s to your local Goodwill, you might want to consider having someone experienced in jewelry appraisal to a quick gander at the goods. It doesn’t even have to be gold! Many vintage pieces are worth some serious cash without having any gold in them at all. You can also scan...
TAYLOR SWIFT TUB OF DIAMONDS – REAL OR FAKE?

TAYLOR SWIFT TUB OF DIAMONDS – REAL OR FAKE?

Apparently the only thing fake about Taylor Swift’s eyebrow-raising bath in a tubful of diamonds was the act of bathing itself… Maybe. On August 27, 2017 pop star Taylor Swift released a music video for her single “Look What You Made Me Do” on YouTube, which has racked up almost 130 million views in just a week. Now, Swift is no stranger to going above and beyond in the production of her music videos and this one does not stray from that trend. But there’s one scene that stands out that gave the celebrity gossipers plenty to talk about—Ms. Swift submerged in a bathtub of sparkling, shining diamonds. The video starts off in a cemetery, presenting an undead Taylor Swift bursting through the ground like multi-millionaire zombie seeking revenge on some unsuspecting boys that broke her heart. If that’s not ridiculous enough, the video then juxtapositions to Swift in the recently iconic scene of her bathing in diamonds, which raised the question many tabloids were asking: “Wait, were those real?” The answer: “Yes. Well, kind of.” According to Neil Lane, an infamous jeweler known for supplying celebrities with extravagant bling for award ceremonies, outings, and now music videos, all of the diamond jewelry that Taylor Swift is wearing is 100% real. But as for the shiny jewels covering Swift’s naked body? Eh, not so sure about that. Some of the same sources that are asking these questions are also claiming that the net worth of the diamonds Taylor Swift “bathed” in were worth in upwards of $10 million. That being said, an authentic diamond necklace alone like the one...
JEWELER REPLICATES FAMILY HEIRLOOMS FOR RELATIVES TO ENJOY

JEWELER REPLICATES FAMILY HEIRLOOMS FOR RELATIVES TO ENJOY

One of the premier spots in all of Minnetonka for antique jewelry would have to be Jewel of Minnetonka, where you’ll also find a jeweler with a specific knack for recreating antique jewelry, Ann Eliason. Not only is she also the shop’s owner, but she helps her customers remake piece of inherited jewelry that aren’t quite their style. Outfitted as one of the premier spots for jewelry appraisal in Minnesota, Eliason also brings this specialty to the table. “A lot of people come in and have things they inherited from family members that are out of date or don’t fit them,” Eliason said. “They want something modified into something a little more wearable. A lot of people inherit something and put it in a drawer, and never wear it their whole life.” Eliason doesn’t just make her income from jewelry appraisal. Jewelry appraisal only accounts for a portion of her business, and does what she loves by redesigning family heirloom jewelry. Some of Eliason’s most prominent clients go so far as to learn her travel schedule, so they can see her findings upon return. Her shop and service has become somewhat of a phenomenon to the people of Minnetonka. Eliason designs everything by herself as well as working alongside expert craftspeople to accomplish the physical construction of her pieces. She aims to keep her clientele’s family heirlooms, while creating a piece of jewelry that they can actually wear. Located on the corner of Minnetonka Boulevard and Country Road 101, the Jewel of Minnetonka is brimming with antique pieces of jewelry that Eliason has managed to purchase from numerous estate...