Most collectors are always looking for the sleeping one who is waiting to be found. One story tells how a collector went to a pawnshop and asked the owner if he had any gold pocket watches for sale. The pawnshop broker replied, “No, but I have a pocket watch brand” 23J “with a silver case at a good price.” Even though the pocket watch was in a cheaper case, the collector decided to investigate the mechanism. When he opened the back of the watch to inspect the movement, there he saw the signature “24J Bunn Special” engraved on the plate and immediately decided to buy this watch. The mechanism was working and in excellent condition. The collector asked for a price. The broker said that he is trying to get rid of the watch, but he does not succeed in this, and if he wants to buy it, he is ready to sell it for $ 35. The collector bought a pocket watch and replaced the silver case with a gold-plated case “J. Boss, ”and sold the watch a month later for $ 400. He spent a total of $ 100, when he sold the watch, he made a profit of $ 300 Continue reading
Antique Brooch – as a piece of jewelry – reaches its peak in the middle of the 17th century, it was during this period that European and Russian craftsmen began to actively use diamonds in brooch decoration. And, perhaps, this period can be called the diamond in the history of the evolution of the brooch. It was the works of this period that laid the foundation for diamond cutting of diamonds, which is used today. The brooch itself changes its purpose. If before this brooches were used more as beautifully decorated clasps, then in this period agraphs were more used in ceremonial or other solemn events. Continue reading
The Swiss watch Vasheron & Constantine is considered one of the most expensive and prestigious in the world. In the second half of the 18th century, Switzerland, from a country full of coups and military mercenaries, smoothly transferred to a country with rapidly developing industry, where one of the main areas of industry was the production of watches.
Switzerland always paid great attention to watchmaking, so in 1601 a special guild of watchmakers was formed in Geneva, and at the end of the 18th century there could already count about 200 watch shops and more than 800 watchmakers. Jean-Marc Washeron, had to work in conditions of strong competition, which served as a tendency to constantly improve the quality and perfection of the characteristics of his watches, and already in 1770, Jean-Marc Washeron released the first pocket watch “Complication” with a complicated clockwork, which served as a kind of statement on the Swiss watch market about outstanding creative abilities. Continue reading