Just a SUPER question. Of course!! If one of our pendants is to your liking but you would prefer a chain that is a bit longer, or a bit shorter, or of a different style, just let us know. We have a number of gold chains in inventory which can be paired with any of our pendants. Too, we can eliminate the chain if you already have one that you would prefer to use. Use our Contact Form on the "Contact" Page. Tell us which item by SKU number, and what style and length chain you would like to have instead. We'll see what we can do. Please note that there may be a small pricing adjustment up-or-down based upon the gold purity and weight of the substitute chain. For lighter weight or no chain we will adjust price downward, for heavier chain we will adjust price upward, consistent with fluctuating price of gold. Thank you Candace, for your question.
When we hear the terms refurbished or restored it sounds as though there’s something lacking in the item. Rest assured that all of the pieces of our collections are complete and in excellent condition for their respective age, with many pieces being as-new.
That said, it is to be expected that settings, bracelets, pendants, and other pieces made from precious metals will have acquired various “character marks” across their lifetimes. Precious metals are soft, and can be easily scratched. Many of our clients are wholly satisfied with this appearance and do not want it changed. Others, however, enjoy the brilliance and shine of new pieces and will, accordingly, visit a professional jeweler or goldsmith to simply polish the existing settings. This simple polishing, usually done inexpensively by the goldsmith, will restore luster, shine, brilliance, and remove most, if not all, light scratches on the precious metal.
It really is a question of personal taste. If you like the estate, vintage, or antique look, leave the finish as-is. If you prefer a higher shine or luster, that can be done for a modest price. As the new owner, it will be your choice.
There are several factors that directly bear on, and influence, the price of fine gold jewelry. This would include bracelets, but also rings, necklaces, pendants, and so on.
First and foremost are jewelry items made by top designers such as Cartier, Tiffany, Roberto Coin, Bvlgari, and others. Here you are paying not only for the gold content, design and manufacturing quality, but the aesthetic of owning the designer name. Take three gold bracelets with a similar design, one by a fine Italian goldsmith, the second by Tiffany, and the third by Cartier and you'd likely see prices of $1,000 for the Italian goldsmith, $6,000 for Tiffany, and $10,000 for Cartier.
When speaking of fine gold jewelry NOT made by the top designers, cost criteria includes manufacturer, unique design or form, and eye appeal; fineness of detail; finish and construction; and weight and gold purity (i.e., 10k, 14k, 18k). For example, we find that Italian made gold jewelry is, in the main, better made and of better quality than gold jewelry from Turkey. Too, finer jewelry tends to be of heavier weight. Given two similar bracelets in 14k gold, one with a weight of 12 grams and the other weighing 9 grams, by rule of thumb the heavier bracelet is probably the better made of the two - but still bears examination.
We expect that our clients are purchasing jewelry items that will ultimately become family heirlooms so we are very selective of the jewelry we acquire. We examine each piece for design appeal, karat purity, origin, weight, condition and fineness of detail so that each piece can become a quality heirloom to pass on, and then pass yet again, and yet then again.
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