AZGem Gems
December, 2009

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Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
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Gemstone and Fine Art Auction Houses




Gemstone and fine art auction houses are where you find fine gems and estate jewelry at auction.

Last month's lead article mentioned that some of the world's famous gems were acquired through auction houses. A reader responded with questions regarding how to find the websites for these high-end auction houses... and do they offer newsletters?

Most auction houses that deal in fine jewelry and superior loose gems also deal in other estate goods, art, and fine collectibles. Many also allow people to register to receive information and view  catalogues.

Gemstone and fine art auction houses are the appropriate websites to search for when looking to visit and browse upcoming sales. Just searching for "jewelry auction" will most often lead you to online jewelry auction sites such as eBay and bidz.

By entering keywords such as "gemstone and fine art auction houses" into a search engine should lead you to sites such as...




Bonhams & Butterfields

Or you can just click on the names above.

For those so inclined, the links above will get you started. A little research will lead you to similar sites.

Recent auction sales of fine jewelry have made big news. Christie's recently sold the Annenberg Diamond for a price that exceeded all pre-sale estimates.

The 32.01 carat emerald cut D-Flawless diamond is set in a ring with pear shaped diamond side stones.

Christie's estimated it would sell for between $3 million and $5 million. The auction house said the previous record for a 30-carat square cut diamond was $3.1 million.

The diamond ring actually sold for $7.7 million to an unidentified buyer. 

Sotheby's recently completed another Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva, Switzerland. This event featured some spectacular treasures, including a rare ruby and diamond necklace and earrings, several fancy-colored diamond rings, and important colored gem pieces.

Bonham's Hong Kong sale is underway as I write this. This event features many pieces of jewelry with colored gems, diamonds, pearls, and jade.

Gemstone and fine art auction houses are world class and worldwide. Even if most of us cannot afford to buy, we can look and read about these amazing pieces of jewelry.




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Gem Industry News...


Hyperinflation Coming - Stock Up Now


The term "hyperinflation" refers to a very rapid, very large increase in the price level.

A current Bloomberg article sounds this warning...

"South African billionaire Johann Rupert suggested investors stock up on bespoke Cartier necklaces or Van Cleef & Arpels rings if they’re concerned that economic stimulus programs and government debt will fuel inflation.

“If we enter hyperinflation, you’re going to be so glad that you bought that stuff two months or six months ago,” Rupert told investors on a call today that followed results from Cie. Financiere Richemont SA, which is controlled by his family. “If inflation picks up, you’re going to see people running into your stores, buying high jewelry.”

Johann Rupert is among the world's richest billionaires, so he may have some insight on the subject.


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Jewelry Dealers


Now is the time! You should be focusing on serving your customers' holiday gift needs. You can provide quality, value, and service. An ailing economy is an opportunity for you, the independent jewelry dealer.

If you need more sales, consider a promotion... maybe a jewelry party for the guys only, or distributing coupons offering an incentive. Your prices should already beat local jewelry and even discount stores, so the incentive should offer an additional gift item, not a price reduction.

You can be The Quality Jewelry Discounter without reducing your revenue.



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Jewelry Dealers Program

Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?sapphire ring

Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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