The value of a pearl can vary from only a few dollars to millions of dollars. Some of the factors that influence a pearl's worth are its type, size, shape, luster and color.Continue Reading
Most pearls on the market are cultivated from farmed oysters. Natural pearls are increasingly rare and far more valuable.
"Luster" is the term that describes the quality of the pearl's reflection. Pearls with the sharpest, brightest and most distinct reflections are given a rating of AAA. Other ratings are AA+, AA, A and sub par.
The size of a pearl directly affects its value. Often, a 1-millimeter difference can significantly alter the pearl's price.Learn more about Jewelry & Watches
In 2015, "WatchTime" magazine considers the world's most expensive watch to be the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication, at a cost of approximately $2,497,00 in U.S. dollars. The German luxury watch manufacturer makes fewer than 5,000 watches a year and only six of the Grand Complication exist.Full Answer >
Carat weight is only one factor used in valuing diamonds; however, in May of 2014, a 100-carat yellow diamond sold at auction for $16.3 million. Other factors include the cut of the diamond, its clarity and the color of the gem.Full Answer >
To find a value for your vintage costume jewelry, hire a professional appraiser or research similar items on auction or specialty websites. If the jewelry comes from an actual brand, check books or magazines that list specific collector's items from those brands. Vintage costume jewelry contains various metals and gems or stones that are easy to value individually.Full Answer >
The value of vintage Trifari jewelry is determined by a jewelry appraiser. However, a person can tell if she has a genuine piece of Trifari jewelry by the hallmark found somewhere on the piece. Pieces of Trifari jewelry have a crowned T, T.F.K, Jewels by Trifari or Trifari in all caps as hallmarks. The hallmark on a piece of Trifari jewelry depends on when it was made.Full Answer >