Starting early and learning young helps when it comes to successfully operating a business. Greg Schiek, also known as the “Antique Digger,” has early memories of buying and selling antiques and collectibles; his mother and grandmother operated a resale store, and he started going to the shop when he was about 4 years old. Read More +
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Martin Codina is the CEO of Fine Estate Liquidation, Inc., a San Rafael, Calif., business that has been serving the San Francisco Bay area with on-site estate sales, estate buyouts and auction placement services since 1996. Read More +
The variety of human expressions cast as jewelry is vast. So are values, styles and quality. Technically, a face pin might be a museum-quality cameo carving worth thousands of dollars or a major plastic physiognomy by Elzac’s Elliot Handler. In this column jewelry expert Kathy Flood reviews the use, art and values of faces in figural costume jewelry. Read More +
Elliot Handler, the inventor of Hot Wheels, co-founder of Mattel and wife of Ruth Handler (creator of the Barbie doll) died July 21, 2011. Author and jewlery expert Kathy Flood shares with us ten facts about the fascinating life and legacy Mr. Handler left on American pop culture … and the costume jewelry world.
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Jewelry expert and author Kathy Flood marvels at an unsung hero of the antiques trade: the inventory shipper. From trophy buffalo to Hershey’s Kisses sent to Afghanistan, the shipper knows all and sees all … maybe a little too much.
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Expert Kathy Flood offers a candid update on the often-fickle jewelry market, listing what’s selling and what’s sitting. "Recently I purchased an enameled base-metal pin clip for $15 and sold it for $1,500. If that doesn’t get your juices flowing for jewelry, I don’t know what will. Why, you could even pay for a week of your ungrateful child’s college tuition with such a sale."
Jewelry author, collector and dealer Kathy Flood lists her favorite types of blue costume jewelry as a side to her look at the 2011 trend of hot blue vintage jewels.
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Influenced by their father’s jewelry engraving experience, Alfeo Verrecchi’s innovation and his brother Gino’s know-how built one of the world’s greatest costume jewelry companies. Gem-Craft cemented its history in American costume jewelry thanks in part to their wonderfully diverse line of Christmas tree pins. The Gem-Craft line was a fixture at Bloomingdale’s, Marshall Field, Saks Fifth Avenue and, soon after, America’s design culture. Read More +
IOLA, Wis. – An exceptional Jadeite collection and items from the Stuart Freeman collection are just some of the 627 remarkable lots now open for bids in Collect.com Auctions Premier Jewelry Auction. Read More +
Collect.com Auctions, in partnership with jewelry specialist Kathy Flood, will open its inaugural online jewelry auction for bids on Oct. 25 with final bids closing Nov. 11. The sale features more than 500 lots of collectible jewelry including fine jadeite, … Read More +