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 “A lot of people come in and have things they inherited from family members that are out of date or don’t fit them,” Eliason said.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...
ON THE BLOCK, AN EMERALD WITH A PAST

ON THE BLOCK, AN EMERALD WITH A PAST

Half the excitement of what we do at AZ Jewelry Appraisals comes from knowing that we often hold priceless pieces of history in our hands. Granted, that might sound as though we assign some pretty lofty importance to examining and professionally estimating the value of exquisite necklaces, rings, brooches and the like. We wouldn’t exactly disagree with that observation, either. However, some of the world’s oldest, most valuable and cherished jewelry could tell some stories to make even our heads spin, if only they could talk. That’s why we always keep one eye trained to such marquee Sotheby’s auctions as the sale of the acclaimed Stotesbury Emerald for a jaw-dropping $996,500 on April 25: believe it or not, many a precious stone has quite the tale to tell. In the instance of this verdant hexagonal-cut 34.4-carat Colombian beauty, the odyssey has already passed through the hands of some significant American names before hitting the auction block with expectations to fetch somewhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million a few months ago. Around 109 years ago, Cartier first fashioned the Stotesbury Emerald into a necklace along with the equally stunning 94.8-carat Star of the East diamond on behalf of colorful mining heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean. The stone’s origins are a mystery prior to that particular piece, but its travels after are so astounding, we can’t imagine any beginnings that could compare. AZ Jewelry Appraisers can find out the past of any piece of jewelry. McLean’s complicated trade three years later involving the lavish Paris house, the Stotesbury Emerald and the legendary Hope Diamond ignited a court standoff that eventually returned the...
JEWELRY BECOMES SHINING ARMOR IN ROUGH TIMES

JEWELRY BECOMES SHINING ARMOR IN ROUGH TIMES

There’s so much to fine jewelry beneath those precious metals and artfully polished and cut stones. Underneath it all, the most celebrated crafters in the world see to it that each piece fills its wearer with a singular irreplaceable spirit. Something much more than 24-karat gold and starry diamonds defines the most exquisite pieces AZ Jewelry Appraisals has examined through the years. Much like New York-based designer Pamela Love, we recognize and honor the art of jewelry that emboldens the soul with its presence. Her acclaimed decade-old Dagger collection’s demand rose to new heights after President Trump’s historically polarizing January inauguration, in no small part because the titular ferocious-but-subtle miniscule knives that dangle from necklaces and earrings exude strength beyond anything the sharpest of tailored power-suits could ever hope to evoke. “Women want to feel tough,” she told The New York Times said. “They want something that reminds them they are tough, and they want something that shows the world they are tough. It’s not about violence. It’s about feeling strong and protected.” Clothes make a fine shield, Love would say. It simply isn’t always “protection” one seeks when vulnerable, so much as a revival of influential fortitude and to be seen as one not to be reckoned with lightly. As AZ Jewelry Appraisals and our esteemed customers know very well, civilizations spanning centuries have cherished the potential for exemplary handcrafted jewelry to inspire unsurpassed bravery, resolve and connection to one’s heritage. Given America’s stormy socio-political climate since Trump’s stunning November 2016 victory to claim the Oval Office, it should come as no surprise that women across the country...
KIM KARDASHIAN SHOWS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER IN DIAMONDS, IT’S WHAT THE JEWELRY APPRAISAL SAYS THAT COUNTS

KIM KARDASHIAN SHOWS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER IN DIAMONDS, IT’S WHAT THE JEWELRY APPRAISAL SAYS THAT COUNTS

Kanye West is a showstopper and when it came time for him to pick out a ring for wife Kim Kardashian he stole the show. The music star gifted his wife with one of the holy grails of jewelry appraisal, a 15-carat diamond ring. Although the ring is smaller than than the one that Kim received from ex-hubby Kris Humphries, some jewelry experts think it may be worth more. The catch is that sometimes in appraising, the smaller diamond may be of higher quality than another even if it is smaller in size. Compared to the 20-carat ring that Kim got from Humphries, experts at az jewelry appraisal can tell you that the stone in the new ring may be worth a lot more according to an evaluation. The ring Kim received from Humphries recently went to auction for a measly $750,000 which is a whole lot of a load lower than its $2 million retail value. Experts at az jewelry appraisal can tell you that when it comes to getting your jewelry appraised on your special and valued items, the retail value may not matter much to anyone outside of insurance companies. Often, the appraisal returns two very different values on your piece of jewelry depending on why you are getting the appraisal done. Experts at az jewelry appraisal can tell you that the retails value and the actual value of your item can sometimes differ vastly after a jewelry evaluation. Especially when it comes to diamonds, the value of the stone in a jewelry evaluation reflects the quality of the stone instead of simply the size. Like many things...
 ELAINE ALDEN ENGAGEMENT RING: A JEWELRY APPRAISAL POINT OF VIEW

 ELAINE ALDEN ENGAGEMENT RING: A JEWELRY APPRAISAL POINT OF VIEW

Every once in a while there is a spectacular piece of jewelry which has become a part of a larger news story. This is exactly what happened this week when Landry Fields proposed to Elaine Alden. His proposal was accompanied by a magnificent ring which was designed around a 3.5 to 4 carat center diamond. This diamond is surrounded by two rows of smaller diamonds in a setting called a halo and double pave with a classic double band. A jewelry appraisal would estimate that the retail value of this piece is between $100,000 and $110,000 due to the unique design and high quality. Any appraiser like AZ jewelry appraisal would determine the exact value of this piece based on the color, cut and carat weight of the center stone predominantly but would also factor in the features of the smaller surrounding stones. Numerous instruments such as a gemological microscope, a refractometer and a 10x triplet lope would be used to closely examine each stone to determine a precise value for any of the three most common types of appraisals. The most common appraisal is for replacement cost of a new piece of jewelry and is used for insurance purposes. This takes into account the quality and availability of the stones as well as the cost and time involved in making custom pieces. Another type of appraisal is replacement cost of a used piece which would apply in the case of antiques. This applies a value to pieces that are no longer in production or could not be replicated due to lack of availability of necessary materials. The final...
JEWELRY APPRAISALS ARE THE WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT MY JEWELRY IS WORTH

JEWELRY APPRAISALS ARE THE WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT MY JEWELRY IS WORTH

The world of jewelry appraisal can seem complex and complicated to a person not familiar with the terms. Maybe you have recently inherited some jewelry or have some items that you no longer want and are looking for a way to make sell them for cash. Maybe you even know the retail or insurance value of your item, but have heard somewhere that your item could actually be worth less than that– or much more. You just want a clear answer for what your items are worth. In the terms of jewelry appraisal, what you are looking for is the resale value. Jewelry appraisal experts at AZ Jewelry Appraisal know that the average person is simply trying to discover how much their item is worth and doesn’t want to bother with all of the intricacies of the business. So when a customer comes in for a jewelry appraisal, the most important question to ask is what the appraisal is for because there are two main types of appraisals and sometimes the value differs. The first kind of jewelry appraisal offered by AZ Jewelry Appraisal is what is known as a jewelry appraisal for Retail Replacement Value. The retail replacement value is the price of the item when it was bought new and is more of a standard to measure that item by that it’s actual real world worth. In jewelry appraisal, retail replacement value is for insurance purposes mostly, in case the item is lost or damaged the insurance company can pay out this value. However, when people are seeking a jewelry appraisal it is not always for insurance...
AZ JEWELRY APPRAISAL IS NOT JUST WHAT THE PIECE IS WORTH

AZ JEWELRY APPRAISAL IS NOT JUST WHAT THE PIECE IS WORTH

Experts at AZ Jewelry Appraisal are with everyone else and love to find an exciting and unique piece brought in and determine what it’s worth. Finding out that grandma’s heirlooms are worth more than you expected is one of the great joys of jewelry appraisal. Jewelry appraisal can be much more than just the price of a piece however, and AZ jewelry appraisal experts would like to explore some of the various other reasons people might want to bring their piece in for a jewelry appraisal. One common reason that AZ Jewelry Appraisal experts see from people who come in for jewelry appraisal is for insurance purposes. Insurance companies want to see an official document from a jewelry appraisal expert to determine how much an object is worth in case of being lost or stolen. Experts at AZ Jewelry Appraisal are keen to determine the exact value of a piece so that it can be insured in case the worst happens. Only through jewelry appraisal can a person obtain a formal appraisal report in order to show their insurance company. The jewelry appraisal verification will allow a person to add a rider to a policy so that their objects can be safely insured. AZ Jewelry Appraisal experts are always very happy to provide the jewelry appraisal services and reports for insurance purposes. Jewelry appraisal reports are required for many legal reasons. Some reasons include: • Charitable contribution • Collateral loan • Marital dissolution • Conservatorship or guardianship • Consumer resale • Equitable distribution • U.S. Customs issues As well, it is important to understand that not all jewelry appraisal appointments are made equal....
AZ JEWELRY APPRAISAL REVIEWS ELEUTERIO FILIGREE JEWELRY STYLE AT THE GRAND PRIX

AZ JEWELRY APPRAISAL REVIEWS ELEUTERIO FILIGREE JEWELRY STYLE AT THE GRAND PRIX

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is the night that some call the biggest night in watchmaking and AZ Jewelry Appraisal is no stranger to the event. Eleuterio made a splash with their specially crafted and designed filigree jewelry. As far as jewelry appraisal goes, there is no finer night to experience the best of the best and to be exposed to some gems of AZ jewelry appraisal. The Filigree technique in jewelry is an ancient and prized technique originating from Portugal. Invented by the seafaring Phoenicians thousands of years ago, the technique is rarely seen outside of its homeland of Portugal in its true, handmade form. For AZ jewelry appraisal the filigree technique is highly sought after and a glory to behold. The process of Filigree involves spinning gold into fine wires that can be as thin as a human hair. After constructing the threads in a delicate process, the threads are then bent into shape to form lush and elaborate designs that would impress any impresario of jewelry appraisal. Traditionally, the threads are made from yellow gold and silver, however in recent times other colors of gold have been used which makes the job of AZ jewelry appraisal so much more exciting when a unique piece arrives. The technique, often very prized in modern jewelry appraisal, is the specialty of maker Eleuterio. However the company takes a unique spin on the historical technique by placing precious diamonds within the designs and creating truly distinguished looks. In the opinion of AZ jewelry appraisal experts, the pieces are very fine and exquisite. At the Grand Prix, Eleuterio showed pieces from their Couture line and their...
JEWELRY APPRAISAL CAVE CREEK EXAMINES FAKE CARTIER SOLD AT FANTASY JEWELS

JEWELRY APPRAISAL CAVE CREEK EXAMINES FAKE CARTIER SOLD AT FANTASY JEWELS

It is hard to believe that a jewelry store in San Rafeal, California would be accused of peddling fake Cartier watches. But sometimes real life is stranger than fiction because that is exactly what happened to one jewelry store in San Rafeal’s Northgate Mall last week. Cartier is luxury jewelry and watch brand that bears worldwide recognition to its name. According to the complaint that Cartier issued to the courts of California, the defendants are accused of manufactured, advertised, offered for sale, sold, distributed, imported, and/or exported counterfeit and/or infringing jewelries under the Cartier marks and/or bearing substantially identical marks and style. The plaintiffs do not throw out this accusation lightly. They claim to have visited the plaintiff’s store many times to confirm themselves that it was actually going on. They even issued a cease and complaint letter. The jewelry shop failed to respond to any of these accusations and continued selling the items in question. The plaintiffs tried their best to put an end to the fake products before heading to the good old legal system to help them handle the issue. The plaintiffs seek reparations for the damages including prodding the store to turn over infringing materials for destruction; grant plaintiffs the gains, profits, savings, and advantages from infringement; damages; costs; attorneys’ fees; interest and further relief as the court deems just. These consequences are very serious and the jewelry shop found guilty of selling these fake Cartier watches could see themselves lose a lot of money. Jewelry appraisal Cave Creek believes that this accusation is bad for both parties involved. Since counterfeit products flood the market,...

About Me

Robert Connelly GG (GIA), GD, AGA, NAJA, ISA AM has examined and appraised several thousands of pieces of exquisite jewelry the world over since beginning his exploration of the jewelry industry in 1989 as an international wholesale buyer and seller in Brazil and United States. A Graduate Gemologist finishing with at the top of his class with a 97% rating from the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA, he established AZ JEWELRY APPRAISERS in 2013 to serve a complete array of appraisal needs within the Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff areas following an educational global odyssey in gemology.

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