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Jewelry Appraisal- Appraise! Appraise, and Re-Appraise!

Jewelry Appraisal – Appraise! Appraise! and Re-Appraise!

Have your jewelry appraised! Theft is on the rise and if your jewelry hasn’t been recently appraised, it needs to be! Diamonds, gold and platinum have made huge gains over the last couple of years and if you haven’t had your jewelry updated with your insurance, you could be potentially loosing more than  your jewelry if stolen!

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Have You Appraised Your Jewelry Lately?

Diamonds have increased in value almost 50% while platinum and silver have seen historical jumps in value as well.  Once you have had your appraisal, you need to call your insurance agent right way to update and validate the new value of your precious jewelry.  For example, if you paid $5,000 for a diamond necklace more than 5 years ago, it could cost you $10-$15,000 today if you had to replace it!  Of course non of us want to think about our homes being broken into, but it is a common occurrence and we can never be too careful.

Where can you find a reputable appraiser that you can trust?  One suggestion is to go through either THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JEWELRY APPRAISERS or THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS. These professionals are considered ethical and are required to be continuously educated.  Or you can go to your Boca Raton, FL own Raymond Lee Jewelers to meet with their own in-house expert and can help guide you to ensure protection and appraisal accuracy.

 

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Also, please remember to contact your insurance agent to be aware of your insurance policies and making updates to policy to be ensure you are most protected.

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TrendLuxury Interviews Raymond Lee Jewelers President, Jeff Josephson: The Final Word on Fashion

 The Final Word on Fashion from Raymond Lee Jewelers President, Jeff Josephson

TrendLuxury is an award-winning publication, as well as leading social media outlet and interactive influence on luxury, glamor and fashion trends. With an International fan-base, fashion experts and industry leaders, TrendLuxury has been coined ‘ the international online trend.’

This successfully savvy company prides itself on keeping consumers both well-informed and entertained with coverage on fashion trends, tips, product reviews, event coverage and interviews with today’s luxury style influences and fashion industry leaders.’

It would therefore come as no surprise to those who know him, and have seen his keen eye and spot-on style related observations in both jewelry and fashion, that Jeff Josephson was approached for an interview with the International fashion news outlet.

Trendluxury conducted an interview with Raymond Lee Jewelers President Jeff Josephson, which includes a fun variety of fashion-related inquiries, in addition to how Raymond Lee Jewelers came to be and why we have remained a trusted, innovative and evolving industry leader.

Read the full interview here for in-depth analysis of the strong comeback of sophisticated ’70s glamor, yellow gold jewelry pieces and accessories, colors and designs that Jeff suspects we will be seeing this Summer.

As a gal that has embraced yellow gold jewelry for the first time in her life, and has both seen and sported the style inspirations which Jeff Josephson discusses here with TrendLuxury, I promise that you will enjoy these professional jewelry, accessory and fashion insights!

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Sneak Peak:

Jeff Josephson: This has been a year of two extremes, neither one is overpowering the other just yet but I suspect as the year progresses and as fashion continues through the 70’s style evolution we can expect larger, bolder pieces to begin to overshadow more delicate designs.

Raymond Lee Jewelers at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2011 Auction: Buying Your Jewelry!

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Raymond Lee Jewelers is proud to announce its upcoming participation in the Palm Beach 2011 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event!

The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2011 Auction will be taking place April 7th- 9th, 2011 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Florida.

We will be present all three days of the Event, located at Booth EH32. As the Auction draws near, we will keep all of our valued readers updated as to exactly where you can find us at the South Florida Fairgrounds during the Palm Beach 2011 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event.

Raymond Lee Jewelers will be offering to purchase your designer jewelry or timepieces, offering an impressive display of designer jewelry and luxury timepieces for purchase, as well as giving visitors the option to trade their luxury jewelry pieces.

Looking Forward to Seeing You There!

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Event and Ticket Information:

9th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL  33411

(480) 663-6255

Click Here for Site Map

Purchase Your Tickets for the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2011 Auction HERE!

Rolex Unveils The Ladies Datejust Special Edition- Watch Repair

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Watch Repair

The Rolex ladies Datejust has seen many irritations over the years and has become one of Rolex’s most sought after watches. Its sleek design, elegantly petite case and classic femininity ascetics have aspired women all over the world to adorn their wrists with this stunning wristwatch. The Rolex ladies Datejust’s radiance is only matched by its near perfect time keeping abilities. This model could never have garnered such a following by relying on its resplendent looks alone; Rolex ensured that every Rolex Datejust was created with one of the most sophisticated and precise self-winding movements on the market.

Due to its popularity ever few years Rolex will release a special edition of this watch, these special editions tend to forgo elegant simplicity for an provocative intricacy. And this year is no different! Rolex has released the 2011 Ladies Datejust Special Edition encased for the first time ever in 18ct Everose gold. This bold new edition features a brand new dial design and materiel, creating an extraordinary one of a kind look.

One of the first new design change that really caught my eye was the 18ct Everose gold case, bezel and bracelet. The Datejust traditionally is found in 18ct yellow gold and stainless steel which is a very timeless air to it but does not stand out as much as the Everose gold. This seductive gold gives this watch a personality all its own; mixing serenity and vitality it is no wonder the special edition has watch enthusiasts clamoring for more.

The most significant change is the Datejust’s dial which has been transformed into truly outstanding piece of art. The regular dial was replaced with a Gold dust dream dial which is a mixture of mother-of-pearl and gold dust. The gold dust sparkles and releases stunning iridescent reflections that allow the mother-of-pearl to shimmer with every ray of light.  The dial design has also been updated with an angelic display of gold vines and leaves; the new dial is a complete departure from the customary Rolex models which normally have very stark and simple dials.

The Rolex ladies Datejust special edition has a 34 mm case set with 12 brilliant cut diamonds and is water resistant up to 100 meters. It also features bidirectional self-winding movement and a oyster five piece link band.

At Raymond Lee Jewelers, we offer luxury Watch Repair, as well as a wide selection of both ladies and mens Datejust Rolex wristwatch models.

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-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Gwyneth Paltrow: Baume & Mercier’s New Watch Ambassador- Jewelry Appraisal

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Jewelry Appraisal

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of those rare celebrities that Hollywood loves yet the public seems to hate. There is no doubt that Ms. Paltrow is an amazing actress but her off-screen comments and actions really make it hard for the general public to embrace her. Born from wealth, Gwyneth Paltrow has been highly criticized in the past for the life tips she offers her fans through her blog. Some gems include: which hotel to stay when traveling to Paris (The Ritz), which purse should be  bought this season (Balenciaga) and the virtues of eating a Macrobiotic diet; it is no wonder many find her a tad snobbish.

In reality Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the few celebrities that honestly enjoys interacting with her fans and often will respond to emails personally; her advice does come from the heart even if it can be a bit ostentatious. She even took a break from acting to focus on her family and raise her children, something many mothers can relate to. Unfortunately the tabloids tend to ignore this side of her personality as it does not sell magazines. She recently has stared in a string of high-profile roles and events such as her new movie Country Strong, her guest appearancee in Glee, hosting Saturday Night Live, her role in Iron Man 1/2 and even singing at the Grammys. Gwyneth Paltrow may be on her way to dethroning Sandra Bullock as America’s sweetheart.

It is no wonder that Baume & Mercier has chosen her as their latest “friend” which means she will be seen wearing some of their amazing timepieces to high profile events. Ms. Paltrow has quite a few wristwatches to choose from like the classic Classima, the Capeland and Linea collections. Baume & Mercier will also be releasing a new line called the Hampton Collection which has an updated, classic look and will look amazing gracing the arm of any women.

If you have a Baume & Mercier watch makes sure you get it and any of your Jewelry Appraisal at Raymond Lee Jewelers.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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President Obama’s Watches: Part 2- Jewelry Appraisal

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This is part two of a series of posts on President Obama’s watches, click here if you want to be directed to part one.

In late 2007 while on the tail end of his campaign for Presidency of the United States, Obama’s Secret Service Service detail presented him with a watch for his 46th birthday. This special watch was purchased by the agents in the Secret Service employee’s store which is unavailable to the public. This watch replaced Obama’s TAG which he wore daily. For his inauguration many suspected Obama would either wear the TAG Heur or a new higher end watch, instead he proudly wore his Secret Service watch and honored the men that continually put their lives on the line for him. Jewelry Appraisal.

The watch is made by Jorg Gray and features a very large,  stainless steel and 47mm case. The dial is a rich black with three chronograph features and a date window. Interestingly the watch is made in China with the movement made in Japan. The watch sells in the employee store for $210. You are able to get this same watch straight from Jorg Gray with the model number JGC6500 but without the Secret Service insignia. Although some watches with the insignia are floating around online for much higher prices.

Jorg Gray has capitalized on this free publicity and has released the JGC6500 commemorative edition with a special engraving on the back of the case. The engraving stats, “The 44th President of the United States Barack H. Obama” and has the date of his inauguration. The watch is so popular that Jorg Gray has been able to open 60 authorized dealers and is enjoying brisk sales.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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President Obama’s Watches: Part 1- Jewelry Appraisal

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Barack's TAG-Heur

In the past we have covered the watches of various celebrities such Kanye West’s amazing Black PVD coated Rolex Submariner but have only briefly touched upon the watches of politicians. Today I wanted to focus on one of the most popular or polarizing (depending on which side of the aisle your on) politicians in American history, President Barack Obama. Our 44th President is known for wearing two watches, in this post I am going to cover the watch he wore as a senator and while campaigning.

In late 2007 when then Senator Obama was blazing across America on his campaign trail, many watch enthusiasts where speculating about the watch on his wrist. The flash of leather under a cuff or a glimpse of a large silver case got many thinking our future president was sporting a Paneria or even a Carrera. In actuality Barack Obama was wearing a TAG-Heur Series 1500 Two-Tone Diver on a brown leather strap.  I could not not find out whether President Obama purchased this watch himself or it was a gift but he has wearing this watch daily since 1991. Jewelry appraisal.

The TAG-Heur Series 1500 was released in 1991 as a cheaper alternative to more expensive models; and was a designed to have a bold, professional look without sacrificing its ability to be used as a diving piece. With a water resistance of 200 meters, a screw-down crown, plain white dial and  heavy duty full size case this timepiece would make a exceptional diving watch. The watch was released with a price tag of $575 with the leather strap. If you are looking to purchase this exact model you are out of luck as TAG has ceased production in 1998.

I think this is the perfect type of watch for a politician to wear, it is moderately priced so not to seem too flashy or elitist. Also I like that President Obama did not follow the traditional politician route and wear a cheap Casio or Timex to “connect” with Joe the plumber. The TAG with its raised gold triangles on the bezel make this watch look much more luxurious than it actually is.

Check back later for my the part two where I will discuss President Obama’s current watch.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked- Jewelry Appraisal

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In the past we have blogged about the beautifully industrial looking Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, which is one of Audemars’ most popular timepieces. Audemars hopes to attract a new type of clientele with their re-envisioning of the popular Royal Oak. The newest edition to the collection has a skeletonised dial and case back but retains the  sleek and contemporary lines of the original Royal Oak. These new watches have had their movements upgraded from the Calibre 3120 to the self-winding Calibre 3129. The Calibre 3129 movement consists of many intricate moving parts that when seen in motion through the transparent dial create a magnificent exhibition. Jewelry appraisal.

This exciting new watch features satin-brushing on the mainplate and bridges and intense colors that are achieved through hand-crafted beveling. Their are only a few color options though, colors range from gray to anthracite (a slightly darker shade of gray). This lack of colors was intentional, as the various shades of gray offer a beautiful contrast to the brass gear trains and the 22kt gold oscillating weight seen through the dial. The case is an impressive 39 mm in diameter and makes quite the presence.

Audemars is offering the Royal Oak Openworked in a steel case with a steel bracelet or a 18kt pink gold case on an alligator leather strap. Both versions are incredibly fascinating pieces and a great addition to any  watch collection.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers


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Tag Heuer Carrera Featured In Inception!- Jewelry Appraisal

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Christopher Nolan’s Inception is one of this summers biggest blockbusters, successfully incorporating visual, emotional and intellectual elements to create a masterpiece.  As I was watching Inception I was struck by the sleek style of the characters and could not help but notice the amazing timepieces strapped to their wrists. During one of the opening scenes we see  a close up of Leonardo DiCaprio’s watch, the Tag Heuer Carrera model number WV211B.BA0787. This beautiful watch with a stainless steel band, black dial and diamond shaped hands has many close up shots where you can see the Tag Heuer logo and “automatic” on the rich black dial.

The Tag Heuer Carrera was introduced in 1963 and designed by Jack Heuer. The Carrera was meant to have a simple yet elegant design, with only the registers and applied markers on the dial. These early Carreras were available with a variety of dials but the most popular were all-white or all-black.  Many of today’s Carreras have chronograph features and have sacrificed simplicity for a more modern industrial look. The model featured in Inception is a return to the vintage Carreras  of the past and complements DiCaprio’s style in the movie. Jewelry appraisal.

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Tag Heuer’s brand ambassadors and this is the reason for the Carrera making an appearance on the big screen.  You don’t have to be a movie star to have the movie star look, just take a look at our website for the latest watches at the lowest prices.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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$200,000 Opal Hat Up For Auction- Jewelry Appraisal

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If you are a frequent reader of our blog you may already know that October’s birthstone is opal. In honor of this beautiful gemstone San Francisco’s Bonhams and Butterfields will be holding an auction devoted to opal. This auction will be among the first held in the U.S and the first of its kind at Bonhams and Butterfields. The auction will feature a diverse group of high quality and distinctive jewelry, unmounted stones, mineral specimens, lapidary works of art, decorative objects, decor and opalized fossils, made from the opulent gem. Many of these pieces will highlight opals unique ability to seemingly hold fire, water and air in the stone itself.

Possibly the most unique and expensive item on the auction block will be a opal hat called “The Deep Blue Sea”. Estimated at $200,00, this piece is made from hand-blocked Australian felt, adjourned with feathers and has 26 opals weighing approximately 1,447 carats! A partnership between Australian master milliner Ann Maree Willett, opal miners Vicki and Peter Drackett and opal carvers Daniela L’Abbate and Christine Roussel, resulted in the creation of this one of a kind hat.

Some other exceptional items that will be auctioned off are a opal and 18kt gold presentation box set with large 224.24-carat oval cabochon of white opal, estimated at $100,000- 150,00. There will be a 34.80-carat Boulder opal and briolette diamond necklace, estimated at $90,000 – 110,000 and a Mexican Fire Opal and diamond necklace, mounted in 18K yellow gold, comprised of 40 opal cabochons and 11.3-carats of diamonds, estimated at$20,000- 30,000, with a matching pair of earrings.

Raymond Lee Jewelers may not come across $200,000 opal hats but if one did come into our store we would be able to give a accurate and fair jewelry appraisal.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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David Yurman Cable Bangle- Jewelry Appraisal

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The cable bangle is one of our most popular items that we sell. Designed by David Yurman and his wife Sybil, this unique design has brought David Yurman to the forefront of the Jewelery industry. The cable bangle consists of  a twisted helix adorned with gemstones at its ends. Inspired by the ancient Celtic torc which was simply  twisted wire neck ring that ends in terminators or caps at the end of the bracelet.

David Yurman was born in Long Island and first started selling his sculptures while in high school. As he grew older and more experienced he began to work closely with renowned sculptors Jacques Lipshitz and even collaborated with Picasso. The first steps in the creation of the cable bangle started in California. One of David Yurman’s creations worn by his wife was spotted by a prominent gallery owner and asked if it was for sale. Soon David and Sybil moved to the countryside and began to lay the groundwork for the founding of David Yurman, the brand and company, in 1980.

The cable bangle was introduced in the mid-1980s, and became an icon and David Yurman’s signature style. The design for this item was worked on heavily by Sybil Yurman who used her classical training as a painter to select and pair the different colored gemstones for use in the terminators. Recent bangles have been using semi-precious gemstones like Citrine and Tahitian pearls. We sell many David Yurman pieces and do jewelry appraisal.

– Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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What is a Jewelry Appraisal?

Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

A jewelry appraisal involves a complex examination of a piece of jewelry or watch in which everything about the piece is considered.  After the examination the professional appraiser will give the piece an estimated replacement value.  A written jewelry appraisal from a qualified appraiser can be used for insurance companies in the unfortunate case of loss or theft.

First the appraiser will sit down with you and evaluate your piece.  He may weight it if it is gold, measure stones, measure the size, and examine scratches.  Every evaluation the appraiser deems necessary will be considered.  Once all the measurements are calculated and the value is determined you will receive a written jewelry appraisal that you should use for the insurance company.

You may have heard jewelry stores advertise for a jewelry appraisal.  But why do you need a jewelry appraisal?  You know what you bought your piece for.  You know how much it’s worth.  Wrong, this is a common misconception.  If you are buying your jewelry brand new from a retail store chances are you are paying close to full retail.  Many times the estimated replacement value that you get from a jewelry appraisal will be significantly less.  In case of loss or theft, insurance companies want documentation of the true value of a piece.  Any time you have proper papers describing your piece it will be worth the maximum.

Before your choose a place to have your jewelry appraisal done you should consider a few things.  First, is the appraiser qualified?  The appraiser should be a graduate gemologist who has knowledge about all precious and semi precious stones.  Second, you need to make sure the appraiser is experienced.  The more experienced they are in the jewelry business the better knowledge they have of the market.  Finally, a jewelry appraisal should never cost a percentage of the final value of the piece.  True appraisers will either charge on an hourly basis or a standard piece by piece rate.

Getting a written jewelry appraisal for your expensive jewelry is a great idea.  Insurance companies will accept them as a valuation for your jewelry in case of loss.  Protect your investments with a jewelry appraisal.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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