Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry
at the

ANTIQUE CONNECTION MALL
and on the internet since 1996
12815 Central NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87123  USA
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Jane Haley Clarke, owner
Copyright 1994-2017 All rights Reserv
ed

 


Welcome to the beauty, history and art that is vintage jewelry. We buy and sell vintage rhinestone, costume, designer, bakelite and antique Georgian & Victorian jewelry, purses and accessories.
To be alerted when NEW ITEMS are added to the site, please e-mail jane@morninggloryantiques.com and we will be glad to add you to the contact list.
All jewelry is in excellent vintage condition unless specified otherwise.  All items are subject to prior sale.
We work constantly to offer extensive jewelry research, pictures and information in our reference, " Jewel Chat " and gallery " Morning Glory Collects ". 
We share our reference material free of charge and work hard to make it accurate, but as with any research, mistakes can be made. We are not responsible for the use you make of the information here or the honest mistakes that may occur from time to time.
We do not offer identification, valuation or appraisal services. 

TO PURCHASE: You are on a reference page of Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry. Most of these items were photographed from private collections, and are for reference only.
Jewelry that is available TO BUY can be accessed by clicking HERE
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1994-2017 All Rights Reserved

 


Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry presents
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JEWEL CHAT
Costume Jewelry Magazine

 


You may have some jewelry about which you would like more information. There are generally two areas of interest... market value and jewelry history. Whether you are researching or selling, these ideas may be of use to you.

 
SELLING
Since I receive lots of questions about selling to a dealer, let me offer a few tips.

 Even though I buy jewelry almost every day, I don't buy everything we are offered... no one could!  I buy based on what is popular, desirable and what we think will do well with our customers. And we pay well for what we do buy. Also, what we buy changes all the time as fashions and trends change.

1. Be thorough. I am sure you would like the best possible price, so take care to clearly state what it is you have for sale... name, size, color (since computer monitors can differ), and condition are a minimum.

2. Do your homework. Most dealers not keen on guessing games and "what will you offer" is only a thinly veiled request for a free appraisal. Have some idea how much you would like for what you are selling. There are rich sources of information on the internet, so there's little excuse these days NOT to know how much you want. If you are reluctant to do your homework then the price you realize if you DO happen to sell something will often be too low. Check the information below for ideas on how to do research. It is fun and you can learn a lot!

I might add here that if someone asks too little for a piece, I will offer and pay more. I always want a seller to leave the transaction happy and feeling fairly treated. My goal is to be the one they come to the next time they find something wonderful, too. That is exactly how I get such wonderful things.

3.  Be reasonable. For most antiques businesses, expenses eat up at least 25-30% of the retail price. That means if we sell a $100.00 piece, $25.00-30.00 of that will cover charge card fees, rent, supplies, web site costs, insurance, payroll, etc. These are just example figures, but you get the drift.

There is LOTS of jewelry around now and many pieces that we used to think were rare have become more plentiful as the older generations put their collections on the market. There is more "just average" jewelry looking for a buyer than ever before. Because buyers have a large quantity to choose from, they are very selective, so I must be too. That is not to say there are not some wonderful pieces out there... there are, and we buy many lovely pieces through this web site and our mall every day!

   What a dealer will pay can vary widely. It will depend on what they specialize in, how knowledgeable they are, what they are expert in and sell best. It can also depend on how fair and honest a dealer is. Sell to someone with an excellent reputation, and someone who specializes in what you have for sale. There is no set formula of how much a dealer will pay for items, but in general do not expect to get more than 1/3 to 1/2 of a reasonable retail price. There will always be exceptions, and rare or special things can bring more (especially from ME!). But a dealer isn't going to pay $20.00 for a pair of earrings they can sell at $25.00.... there is just too little profit to be worth the work and expense.

4.  Please understand that unless they know you, not many dealers are willing to send money before seeing the goods in person. Unlike individual sellers, dealers have a presence either on line or in a bricks-and-mortar shop to show their credentials. As experts, dealers may find repairs or damage that would not be obvious to a seller. That means you must feel very safe with the person to whom you are sending your jewelry. You should also have a clear advance agreement of what the payment policy will be. In the event that I am buying on approval, I guarantee a seller that they will hear from me via email the day their package arrives and that I will either send my payment the next day or politely decline the jewelry if there is a problem, state what that problem is, and mail it back the next day. Asking for that kind of agreement from a buyer is perfectly reasonable.

Hope this is useful!
Below are thoughts and links as to how to determine what you have and it's value.

 


 

 
JEWELRY VALUE

Like any antique or collectible, the value of costume jewelry is determined by several factors: materials, condition, rarity, artistic merit, selling venue, geographic area, and current trends. Costume jewelry has little inherent value because it is not usually made of precious metals or gems. It's value is not measured in a standardized way by stone size or metal karat, but rather by comparison to other sales in the market. 

It is possible to comparison shop at antique malls, shows and on the internet. Using the search engines, eBay or links pages to find jewelry web sites and browse the on-line auctions for what has SOLD can add to your understanding of what is selling well and at what price. It is amazing how much great information is on line now! It is not definitive because there can be a wide variance between asking and selling prices, but can give you general ideas about value. In addition, these Jewel Chat articles about QUALITY and DECADES will help you assess your jewelry and it's age.

In the world of costume jewelry, remember that condition counts heavily. Damaged finish, missing or dull stones and broken parts drastically affect value. We rarely purchase pieces needing major restoration as we want to give our customers the very best most original pieces possible. Jewelry that is damaged or repaired has much less value, if any, than jewelry in original condition.

There are many jewelry books with price guides, and they are fun to read and learn from. Be wary of using book values only, though, as books can be misleading. Some book values are set by the owner/collector of the jewelry rather than by actual sales and therefore can be inaccurate. Also, note the year in which the book was published as desirability can change rapidly with the fluctuations of supply and demand, and with what's hot and what's not at any given time. They can help you with identification and jewelry history, and that is handy.

Beware also of looking at the ASKING price on web sites and auctions as a value guide. Anyone can price things too high, and the tale is really told by CLOSED auctions where a buyer has actually made the purchase, rather than the asking prices. This has been especially true lately when, for reasons obscure to me, asking unrealistically high prices seems to be a growing fad.

In the end, however, your jewelry is worth only what someone is willing to pay you for it, regardless of what "The Book" says, what an insurance appraisal says, or what was on "The Antiques Road Show".

 

 

 
SELLING VENUES


After doing the research to price your jewelry you may choose to sell it yourself. If you wish to sell at retail prices you must establish a clientele, a website, rent a mall space, or sell in an on-line auction. All of these have costs and work associated with them. Some people will enjoy the challenge and learning experience of doing that. I do! But it is work.

If you would like to sell to a dealer, select one who specializes in the jewelry you are selling and who has a good reputation for fair dealing. Most dealers do not like to play a guessing game, so have an idea how much you want for your jewelry. A dealer must buy at a percentage of the price for which he/she expects to sell the jewelry.  Every dealer's percentage and the items they want to buy will vary depending on what they sell best, what they are known for, and what they have buyers for at any given time. 

As a dealer, I am often asked how I get so many wonderful pieces of jewelry. The answer is that I pay a fair price for worthwhile pieces, and deal honestly with sellers. Jewelry comes and goes, but a good reputation is irreplaceable. If you would like to see the kind of jewelry, purses and accessories I have bought in the past, you can browse Morning Glory Collects. But do know that what we are buying changes all the time according to what is selling well.

If you would like to sell, I am always delighted to see photos and a price list, and you can
E-mail me HERE. I am always interested in great jewelry, and am capable of buying anything from an individual piece to an entire estate.

 

 

 
JEWELRY HISTORY & RESEARCH

 If you want to know more about the history of jewelry there are literally hundreds of resources on the subject. JEWEL CHAT  is our wonderful reference where there is information available about many makers and styles of jewelry, and I add articles to it on a regular basis. I offer JEWEL CHAT  free of charge because I love to share information about vintage jewelry, and in that way I can share with many people all at once. I did this instead of trying to answer the hundreds of questions I used to be bombarded with one at a time.

Dates, marks and manufacturers can also be found on this REFERENCE PAGE, jewelry dating information can be found on JEWELRY BY THE  DECADES. These will help you access the multitude of resources on this web site.  Many books about jewelry are also available, and browsing an on-line book store like Amazon.com will give you an idea of what has been published in your area of interest.

There is no short-cut to learning about antiques, jewelry or otherwise. It took me years to learn about what I do for a living. It takes time and effort to learn about any area of collecting, but it is joyously rewarding.

 

 
 

 

HOWEVER....

It is no longer possible to respond to individual questions regarding your own jewelry history, identification or value, or to offer written or verbal appraisals or opinions. The demand for this kind of information is absolutely too overwhelming for one dealer to fill. 

I love jewelry, but appraising and selling are two entirely different businesses, and I choose selling as my business.

So take advantage of the information above, do your homework and be enriched by the experience for yourself.
And if do you become ready to sell, please let me know. I am interested in buying wonderful and unusual vintage and antique jewelry.

WE ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING JEWELRY & ANTIQUES
To see what we have purchased in the past you can check out Morning Glory Collects, but what we buy changes often with the current trends.

If you would like to sell, whether a single piece or an entire estate, I am delighted to see pictures and a price list, and you can E-mail me HERE.

Thank you for visiting Morning Glory Antiques!
 

 


 

 Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry                 

TO PURCHASE: You are on a reference page of Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry. These items were photographed from private collections, and are for reference only.
Jewelry that is available TO BUY can be accessed by clicking HERE
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PLEASE NOTE: Regretfully, it is no longer possible to respond to individual questions regarding jewelry history, identification or value, or to offer written or verbal appraisals or opinions. The demand for this kind of information is absolutely too overwhelming for one dealer to fill. 
I love jewelry, but appraising and selling are two entirely different businesses, and I choose selling as my business.

Instead, articles are added on a regular basis to JEWEL CHAT on line Magazine, a wonderful reference for  information on many makers and styles of vintage jewelry. 
For information on valuing your jewelry, click HERE.