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Sapphires of September

The Beauty of Sapphires Did you know that the birthstone for the month of September is the sapphire?  The scientific name for this popular gem is Corundum.  They can be found in an array of colors, but when the corundum is red, we have what’s known as a Ruby. Sapphires are known for their beautiful ...

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Heart of Ice that Fuels the Flame of Desire

Written By: Donna Pulese-Murphy Sounds incredulous? Not at all! Who can view this magnificent 6.25ct. heart-shape diamond and not yearn to possess it? It is the iconic symbol of romantic love and life’s ‘secret place’ for passion. So if you don’t want your diamond to look just like every other woman’s, and you want to ...

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Verdura’s Visions

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Fulco di Verdura- even the name evokes an air of nobility and bravura! As a designer, he embraced bold color and fantastic forms and mixed them imaginatively with a myriad of natural stones and combinations. He was particularly drawn to the natural world and art objects. And his creations reflected this. ...

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Bvlgari – Classicism meets Contemporary

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Bvlgari was a master at creating jewelry that appeals to today’s fashion sensibility and yet pays homage to the past. Such is the case in this recently acquired Bvlgari 18kt yellow gold link pendant embellished with cultured pearls, diamond rondelles and cabochon ruby terminals. Suspended from this intricately designed pendant is ...

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The Gold Market: September 24, 2012

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant In our business we watch the price of metals every day. Gold of course is the main barometer we follow.  Our clients spend a lot of time considering if now is the right time to sell their gold jewelry. Broken, old and unworn gold jewelry should be seen as an asset. ...

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Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby & Diamond Cosmos Clip – It’s No Mystery

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy It’s no mystery why Van Cleef & Arpels continues to captivate with one of its perennial favorites- The Cosmos Collection. This Cosmos Clip is a perfect example of VCA’s mastery in perfecting the ‘sertimysterieux’ or invisible setting which the firm patented in 1933. Surrounding a brilliant white diamond center are these ...

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The Market: Summer 2012

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Hello to all.  For those of you who follow my blogging and entries I am sorry I have not written in quite some time.  During the summer I like to spend time with my sons & family, and I thank you for tuning back in to check on the gold and ...

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Jewels, Gems and Treasures – Ancient to Modern

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy On a recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, I had the distinct pleasure to experience the ‘Jewels, Gems and Treasures- Ancient to Modern’ exhibit. Organized by Yvonne Markowitz the MFA’s first curator of jewelry, I use the word experience because not only was it a treat for ...

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Koh-i-Noor Diamond- Fit for a Queen

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy In honor of the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee held in June, we would like to acknowledge one of the greatest diamonds in history owned by the British Royalty- the Koh-i-Noor Diamond.   The Koh-i-noor Diamond, meaning Mountain of Light, had a most troubled past. But today, it burns brightly in a ...

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Wildly Imaginative Jewelry

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy At Andrew & Peter Fabrikant we recently acquired these unusually-shaped Seaman Schepps cabochon sapphire, aquamarine, pearl and diamond earrings. So marvelously designed, I was inspired to re-visit the appeal for Schepps’ boldly imaginative jewelry. Throwing aside any notion of traditional principles used in jewelry design, Seaman Schepps garnered a notable list ...

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Criss Cross Cuff – Embracing Verdura

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy We at Andrew & Peter Fabrikant are enamored with Verdura pieces as they have enduring appeal to a clientele with discerning taste. Throughout their rich history, Verdura attracted clients that read like a Who’s Who of notable people- Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Brooke Astor, William S. Paley, Tyrone Power, Olivia de ...

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My Love Affair with Period Jewelry

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Andrew Fabrikant recently asked me why I embraced period jewelry in my life and in my career. It actually was a little bit of serendipity. On a train ride to NYC shortly after I graduated college, I was conducting a job search. Unbeknownst to me, the Vice President of a large ...

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Edwardian Period: Diamonds and Delicacy

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy As the 19th Century drew to a close, women embraced a fresh fashion style influenced by King Edward and Queen Alexandra. These stylish monarchs led English society to new taste levels where sophistication was paramount! Femininity and loveliness now graced the woman of the day’s delicate silhouette. With the discovery of ...

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Tiffany & Co. An American Icon Celebrates its 175th Anniversary

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy At Andrew and Peter Fabrikant, we would like to acknowledge the 175th Anniversary of an American Icon- Tiffany & Co. We respect the integrity and the quality of the Tiffany standard of excellence.  W frequently buy Tiffany diamonds and jewelry and we sell Tiffany diamonds and jewelry as our international clientele ...

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Selling a Diamond? An Expert Informs

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Years ago, Peter’s father ran an advertisement that explained that an “expert informs.” Recently, an elegant woman in her early 70’s entered our office. She was very nervous and upset about an experience that she had with a jeweler she saw previously and was sure that all of us in the ...

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Nature Blooms in Jewelry

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy As Springtime is in the air much earlier than expected, flora and fauna has been ever present on my mind. And not only what’s blossoming outdoors, but what’s blooming and buzzing indoors. One might refer to these as ‘jeweled imitators!’ So I want to take you on a nature hike, so ...

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Sensational Sapphires

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Sapphire, the “celestial” blue gemstone, is a variety of the corundum family, and also comes in a myriad of fancy colors – yellow, pink, purple, orange, or green. The most valuable of sapphires are mined in Kashmir and Burma, like the Burmese sapphire featured in our article, Sapphire Savvy. The famous ...

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Sapphires – Plain and Fancy

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Sapphire, the “celestial” blue gemstone, is a variety of the corundum family, and also comes in a myriad of fancy colors – yellow, pink, purple, orange, or green. The most valuable of sapphires are mined in Kashmir and Burma, like the Burmese sapphire featured in our article, Sapphire Savvy. The famous ...

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The Jewelry Do Not’s

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Over the years, we at Andrew & Peter Fabrikant have unfortunately seen clients lose opportunities to achieve fantastic prices for their jewelry because the jewelry is not intact.  Selling the jewelry of a recently passed loved one is a stressful experience. Before you make drastic decisions on how to equally distribute ...

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Assets Waiting to be Discovered

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant It may be cliché but I bet you have at least 3 months mortgage payments in your jewelry box or drawer.  There may be a condo in your safety deposit box. A trip around the world may be sitting in the darkness of your vault. I have been buying diamonds, gold ...

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Buccellati Bellissimio!

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Ever have one of those days that’s simply golden? That’s how we, at Andrew & Peter Fabrikant, felt when we purchased these two beautiful Buccellati pieces. Laden in luscious gold, the wide cuff is fashioned in 18kt, delicately hand-finished and accented with round-cut diamonds set in quatrefoil motifs.  The Florentine pattern ...

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Jewelry with Multiple Personalities

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Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy A person having multiple personalities is certainly problematic, but in the case of jewelry, this is a very appealing trait. Here is an example of a recent necklace that we, at Andrew & Peter Fabrikant, have purchased with “distinct versatility” that adds to its value and desirability. This lovely diamond necklace, ...

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The Buying Power of Gold

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Once again I have been asked if this is a good time to sell gold.   After all gold has gone down $100 in the last week and has only slightly climbed back. Why would you think now is a good time to sell? The real answer is I do not ...

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Women’s History Month: Hedy Lamarr – Glorious Movie Star by Day, Inventor by Night

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy In honor of Women’s History Month, I have chosen an unusual woman to profile- Hedy Lamarr. Unusual in the sense that on the surface she was a raving Austrian-American beauty, but she had the soul and smarts of a scientist. According to science writer, Richard Rhodes, “It was Hedy’s idea for ...

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The Market: March 2012

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant The recent bounce back and the sell off of gold has exacerbated the risk of playing the market and has many worrying too much if they are selling at the very top of the market or if the metal has a long way to go up. I agree with many professional ...

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Diamonds Rule on the Red Carpet

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Glittering Hollywood Glamour reigned supreme on the Red Carpet! In direct contrast to the Big and Bold jewelry worn at the SAG Awards, it was Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds, that were in the limelight at this year’s Oscar Awards. It was a night of nostalgia, as the “classics” were worn en masse. ...

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Fire and Ice

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Last week a distinguished gentleman walked into our offices and Donna and I were fortunate enough to sit and talk with him. Retired and enjoying life, he came to us to sell some of the jewelry his wife no longer has occasion to wear. As it turns out, he was very ...

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Whitney Houston – The Girl With The Golden Voice

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Who among us was not moved by Whitney Houston’s singing voice- so melodic and graceful yet emotionally charged.  One might say that her voice had a golden quality! Her gospel foundation coupled with her pop sound was truly a force to be reckoned with. According to Jon Caramanica of the New ...

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The Market : Gold & Diamonds

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Market conditions in the gold market have been very interesting.  Gold seems to be inching its way upward again but its fluctuations have driven many non-professionals crazy. We have had several clients offer gold for sale, but hesitate to sell at the day’s price due to a fear of a meteoric ...

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Jewels of Love to be Embraced for Valentine’s Day

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we, at Andrew & Peter Fabrikant, have ‘embraced’ some of our favorite jewels which signify romance and enduring love. The Tiffany Key is a romantic tribute to lovers and their desire to unlock the key to one’s heart. The vast Tiffany key collection includes an array ...

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Andrew & Peter Fabrikant’s Weekly Question & Answer

Q. “I don’t live in New York, but your quote on my jewelry was more than anyone in my area! How can I safely ship my jewelry to you?” A.  Thank you for your question, I will be happy to help you and answer any other questions you may have.  We work with clients outside ...

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SAG Awards Jewelry – Bold is Back!

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy At last Sunday’s SAG Awards, jewelry was eye-popping! The L.A. Times reported “The days of just piling on the diamonds are over.  The jewelry on the red carpet at the SAG’s is really unique and different.” And unique it was. From Mayim Bialik’s jewel-encrusted frog bracelet to Maya Rudolph’s black shiny ...

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Making the Cut

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Living in the jewelry capital of the world proves to be interesting once again. If you have a diamond, especially a diamond that is over 3 carats and is an older style and you sell it anywhere but in New York City, you have missed a great opportunity to get much ...

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The World Diamond Market

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant India’s Economic Times, reports that diamond prices could rise faster than gold due to “increased spending on luxury goods in China, India, and the Middle East.” The theory is that as their middle classes grow, they become consumers. A few things we should remember are that diamond prices have gone up ...

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Van Cleef & Arpels “Belvedere” Necklace – Haute Joaillerie

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy To say that we, at Andrew & Peter Fabrikant, are thrilled to own this fantastic VCA “Belvedere” necklace is an understatement. Who but Van Cleef & Arpels can create such grand ‘haute joaillerie’, like the necklace featured below, using Russian nephrite jade beads and peridot beads interspersed with purple pink sapphires. ...

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A New Beginning

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant I met a man today who has really moved us all. He came into the office with hundreds of pieces of jewelry from his mother and his first wife who had passed away.  We had never met before but he was rather forthcoming about his situation. He had lost his wife ...

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Has Gold Lost It’s Edge?

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant I have been asked many times how to sell gold jewelry and if this is the best time to sell. Everyone seems so obsessed with gold values. Will gold reach $2,000 or even $5,000? I cannot begin to guess. The question always seems to be, “Is now a good time to ...

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Art Deco Bracelets: Sleek & Sophisticated

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy The Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s was an exciting era and so were the bracelets created at that time. Contributing to the spirit of the Art Deco design were cultural events and movements like the Ballet Russes, Orientalism, the Roaring Twenties, Hollywood glamour, cubism, and the discovery of ...

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What Historical Periods Might Add Value To My Jewelry?

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant This is a great question. There are several notable periods within the jewelry industry. The Edwardian, Belle Epoque, Art Deco and Retro periods can be highly desirable. Jewelry from each of these eras can frequently bring a premium because of their distinctive artistic styles and vintage values. There are many more ...

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Where the Money Is

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant In recent months I have found that clients have become more introspective and are thinking through what is they would like to achieve financially with the sale of their jewelry. For many raising the most money while still feeling comfortable with their timing of the sale is critical. The trick to ...

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Harry Winston Necklace – Gems on Fire!

Written by:  Donna Pulese-Murphy Ablaze with fiery rubies and brilliant diamonds, this superlative Harry Winston necklace was recently purchased by Andrew & Peter Fabrikant.  Along with other magnificent jewels we have procured over the years, including Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Graff, this Harry Winston necklace is a very desirable find for our ...

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Jewels of the Red Carpet

The 2012 Award Season is upon us!  Every year we look forward to seeing our favorite celebrities wearing gorgeous gowns and dripping in diamonds and jewels.  At Andrew & Peter Fabrikant we purchase some of the most beautiful and exquisite jewelry pieces in the world.  Here is a sample of our favorite pieces that we ...

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The Market: 2012

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant In the last month we have seen the price of gold go down $150.  In my recent market posts I had said that although there are valid arguments for gold to go up, I was afraid that in the near term gold may go down.  This has proven true. The question ...

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On the Road to Ruins… It’s a Gamble!

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Still making those New Year’s resolutions? Can’t decide which vice to give up or indulge in with moderation? Here’s an option for you. When weighing your options, take a peek at these  “Road to Ruins” cufflinks and they’ll act as a friendly reminder to take it easy this New Year. Surely ...

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Working on a Miracle

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Several months ago I was visited by an extraordinarily nice southern gentleman who showed me a very nice quality, but poorly proportioned diamond.  It measured over 5 carats with great color and clarity.  I presented him with a few options on how we could help. He thanked me for my time ...

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Why Not Divorce Your Jewels?

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy As the saying goes, “A Diamond is Forever”; but unfortunately marriages are not. So give your diamond engagement and wedding ring the burial it deserves! As a buyer, and a woman myself, who has dealt with women grappling with the decision as to whether to sell their diamond betrothal rings, ultimately ...

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On the Wings of Angels – Sparkle this Holiday Season

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Apropos for this holiday season, Andrew & Peter Fabrikant’s featured jeweled piece this week is a haltingly lovely 20th century stylized diamond angel wings. Magnificently crafted, these winged clips are encrusted with pave set old cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 20.00 carats mounted in platinum with a yellow ...

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A Heart of Gold

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Over the last 19 years in the estate diamond and jewelry business I have found myself inspired by many of our clients. We have met individuals who have, with the proceeds of a jewelry or diamond sale, paid for the college education of children and grand children, as well as helped save ...

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The Market: The 2011 Holiday Season

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant The big change over the last several weeks has been in the gold market. Gold has slipped from historical highs to the mid $1500’s of dollars.  In my last market blog I had indicated that I thought the immediate down side risk was greater than potential price climbs. Diamond prices have ...

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A “Moving” Tribute to the Modernist Jewelry Movement

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Andrew & Peter Fabrikant have recently purchased one of the most imaginative and sculpturally rendered bracelets of its time. Designed by Pol Bury, A Belgian sculptor, the bracelet featured here is a fine example of the kind of jewelry Modernist artists (such as Calder, Dali, Ernst, Picasso and Man Ray), were ...

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Fancy Facts

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy We at Andrew & Peter Fabrikant love fancy yellow diamonds! Here are some “fancy facts” we have assembled for our devoted readers. Did you know… In 1953, the alluring American icon Marilyn Monroe wore a splendid pear-shaped canary yellow diamond, The Moon of Baroda, 24 carats, to the premiere of her ...

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The Market: Estate and Antique Jewelry

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Estate and Antique jewelry are in very high demand.  Turn of the century diamond and floral jewelry is the hottest segment of the market.  The size of the jewelry does not seem to matter as much as the style, condition, craftsmanship and the material used to make it. Well made pieces ...

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A Golden Opportunity

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy A Golden Opportunity was presented to a client of ours when she sold us her 6.05 carat Intense fancy yellow cushion-cut diamond ring. At Andrew & Peter Fabrikant, we love fancy yellow diamonds! We aggressively buy and sell them.  It’s no wonder that yellow diamonds are cherished and collected for their ...

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Why People Sell Jewelry

There are many reasons why people sell jewelry and diamonds.  The sale of jewelry can benefit you in many ways, both financially and emotionally. Here are some of the common reasons why people sell diamonds and jewelry: 10. Trade In, or Trade Up:  Styles evolve over time and you may be in the mood for ...

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Follow the Smart Money

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant My father, Wiliam Fabrikant, taught me quite a bit about all sorts of things, but his best investment advise was a simple slogan: “follow the smart money”.  It was his favorite expression and one that I truly appreciate. He meant that if the people you respect, those who are knowledgeable about ...

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Graff Sapphire Necklace – A Cornucopia of Color

Written by: Donna Pulese-Murphy Andrew & Peter Fabrikant / FABON5TH.COM announce with distinct pleasure the acquisition of a splendid necklace created by Graff.  Outbidding many to buy this exceptional piece with its array of multi-colored sapphires, Andrew & Peter Fabrikant were immediately mesmerized by the vitality of its color. This necklace is simply breathtaking. Created ...

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The Times, They Are A’ Changin’

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant The times, they are a changin’. As life changes occur, so do changes in style.  Recently more and more people have approached us to sell their jewelry because they are changing their lifestyles.  All the kids are married and charity functions are a thing of the past. I met with a ...

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The Diamond Shape Up

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant The market conditions for diamonds are very interesting at the moment.  Prices are at their strongest in over a decade. Diamonds up to two carats are doing very well in the United States because the bridal market remains strong. Round diamonds are always the most popular shape diamond and bring a ...

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Add a Little Sparkle this Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us!  Each year, we all strive to get the perfect gift for our loved ones- the hottest toy, the newest trend in clothes, and of course, the classic: an exquisite piece of jewelry.  What better way to celebrate the holidays than to add a little sparkle? Every woman has her ...

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The Gold Market: Ride the Wave or Sell?

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant The last few weeks in the gold market have shocked even the most seasoned investor.  I have received many inquiries from clients asking if this is a good time to sell gold or should they wait for the market to rebound to the two thousand or above. This is a tough ...

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The Beauty of Art Deco Jewelry

Written by: Donna Pulese- Murphy During the Universal Exposition of 1900, French artisans formed a collective known as the society of the decorator artists. The beginning of the Art Deco movement and the styles created were bold and gregarious. The use of geometric shape containing the beauty of nature was inspirational. The bold design of ...

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Why Should You Sell Jewelry?

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant We had a client in today that we have both sold to and bought from.  He has amazing taste in jewelry, as did his mother.  It is always fun to be around knowledgeable, intelligent people.   He is quite a remarkable person. He does not sell jewelry because he needs the money ...

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How’s the Market?

Written by: Andrew Fabrikant Oftentimes I am asked how the market for diamonds is faring.  The diamond market is similar to every market place in the world.  Diamonds go up and down in price.  They do not reflect the stock market or the gold market, but are directed by supply and demand. When there are ...

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Andrew & Peter Fabrikant Fine Diamonds & Estate Jewelry Buyers

Welcome to Andrew & Peter Fabrikant Fine Diamonds – FabOn5th.com Andrew & Peter Fabrikant are fourth generation jewelers spanning 130 years in New York specializing in diamond and estate jewelry buying. We are a service business that must meet the demands of our clientele and always need to buy diamonds and jewelry. At FabOn5th.com, we ...

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