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Victorian Gold Necklace & Earrings, ca. 1870 | New Orleans, Hour 1 | Preview

Victorian Gold Necklace & Earrings, ca. 1870 | New Orleans, Hour 1 | Preview

GUEST: I’m not really quite sure what I brought
in. My mother went to visit her sister, Aloise,
and Aloise was Mrs. William F. Buckley, Sr. So William Buckley, the statesman, whatever,
this was his mother’s jewelry, originally. And they traveled around quite a lot, and
so I don’t know where she picked it up, but she didn’t want it anymore, so my mother took
it. There are five girls in my family, and so
she brought it back, thought one of us would like it, and the others were, like, “Ooh,
no, it’s not, no.” I was, like, “Oh, I kind of like that.” It’s a little on the gaudy side, but I liked
it. So I took it, and I hope they’ll be sorry
that they didn’t now. APPRAISER: Well, they probably will be after
this. Have you ever had the piece appraised? GUEST: I did. Maybe 20 years ago. The jeweler said it was acid-etched gold and
he thought it was maybe $3,000 or $4,000. APPRAISER: Okay. Let me tell you what he means by that. If you look at the patina on each of these
little square plaques, they use acid to get that kind of frosting on the plaques, so that’s
what, when we refer as “acid-etched,” that’s what we’re talking about in the jewelry business. I believe this is a Victorian necklace and
earrings, and I think it’s probably from about 1870. GUEST: Really! APPRAISER: This necklace had a pendant on
it, and if you flip this square up you can see the pendant loop. So you could wear it just as it is or add
another little element to it. Your chain, it’s an old woven chain, so that’s
original to the piece, as well. And then I love these little balls. But something I find fascinating about this
piece is, usually they are broken apart. In a family situation like yours, someone
goes, “Well, why don’t we make earrings out of these?” Or make a pair of earrings and a pendant for
someone, because you certainly have enough plaques to do that. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: So it’s very hard to find these
pieces intact. I noticed there are no markings on the necklace,
so it could be American, but just the same, it could be from Europe. You also have a pair of earrings. Not necessarily that they went with this style,
but again, you have a bit of wire work here, you see that around the starburst? GUEST: Yeah. APPRAISER: And the starburst is a very common
element in Victorian jewelry. And then, they’re, again, repeating these
balls. It’s a beautiful ten-karat Victorian necklace
and earrings. And I would say if you went to buy this in
a retail store today, you would be looking between $6,000 and $8,000. GUEST: Oh, wow! Nice! Very nice! APPRAISER: Do you wear it? GUEST: I do wear it, I do wear it. APPRAISER: I think it’s gorgeous. GUEST: Well, thank you so much. APPRAISER: Thank you for bringing it. GUEST: I’m delighted to know that.

24 thoughts on “Victorian Gold Necklace & Earrings, ca. 1870 | New Orleans, Hour 1 | Preview”

  1. Omg gaudy??!! This piece is stunning amd timeless, but somehow has a modern edge to it. This can be worn now with almost any clothing style, from a white tee and jeans to a sleek LBD….

  2. Those Earrings definitely were a "Set" – odd that the Appraiser would even question it? there are so many repeated elements on both pieces. I was also surprised she didn't try to figure out if possibly an Earring was switched in for the Pendant.

  3. When she said, "oh wow, nice, really nice". what she meant to say, 'are you f**King kidding me. Its gotta be worth more than that, that's bullsh1t'.

  4. "I love these little balls," lol.

    Like Schweddy Balls from Seasons Eatings on The Delicious Dish, on NPR/NPR.

  5. Ewww that woman is seriously snotty! She said the necklace was offered to 5 girls in her family and she grabbed it – and she hopes it's worth a fortune so they'll be upset?! Nice.
    She already had it appraised, so why did she claim at the start she 'didn't know' what she had brought in? She was clearly expecting it to be worth tens of thousands, and gutted when the expert said it's only slightly increased in value since she last had it appraised.

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