I’ve been wondering about what constitutes the actual value of piece
of jewelry to a knowledgable person. A high value seems to go with
name recognition or famous branding but, that is a bit too elusive
for this discussion.
You can take a $1,000 diamond and put it in a $200 production
setting and probably call it $2k-4K in retail store. That’s not what
I’m looking for. I’m looking for the value of an item that would be
praised in the Orchid Gallery,
Perhaps in a formula like this:.
I know that quality must be good in all of these but, what carries
the most weight in today’s marketplace?
Could an extraordinarily well designed and crafted Argentium pendant
with a jasper cabochon equal a ruby set in a well balanced white
Is any imbalance due to the stones? The metal? Can a dazzling design
over ride the value of components? Can a popular design be applied
so well that it overshadows the components?
Is the value of our work surpassed by the value of the metal/stone?
Or can pure design and workmanship out weigh and carry higher
percentage of the value.
Without high name recognition, and to a knowledgeable buyer, is
silver & cabochon normally limited to less than $200 market and the
gold/platinum & diamonds over the $1,000 market?