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Welcome To Our New Blog!

Welcome to the Flora Gems Vintage and Estate Jewelry blog. My name is Mark, and I'll be your guide as we explore the many different topics that vintage and estate jewelry present to us.

Posted July 25, 2019

This blog is a new and exciting endeavor, and I look forward to sharing with you, on a monthly basis, my knowledge of vintage and estate jewelry.

About Your Guide

My name is Mark Fandel, and I've been a jeweler and Graduate Gemologist (GIA) since 1982. Over the last twenty years I've gained experience buying and selling vintage and estate jewelry. I've learned much over the course of those years and it's time to share it here in our monthly "Vintage and Estate Jewelry Insider." If you're like me, you weren't born with experience or expertise about vintage and estate jewelry. If you're like me, at some point something triggered an interest inside of you. And, if you're like me, you developed a love and appreciation for the many different styles from all the periods in time from which so many interesting, unique, and sometimes irreplaceable pieces of jewelry were created. If you haven't yet been bitten by the estate jewelry "bug," then maybe this blog will be just the thing you need in order to become a big fan.

About Flora Gems

There are two Flora Gems locations, one on Kirby Avenue in Champaign, and one in Downtown Decatur. We buy jewelry, coins, diamonds, silver items, and watches in both stores. We buy every day of the week... every week of the month... all year long. Selling jewelry and coins is a popular thing to do, especially when prices and values are high. In years past, Flora Gems dabbled in the estate jewelry business, buying and selling an item here and there, and occasionally buying an entire estate if a bank trust department or an executor of an estate approached us. But, it was in April of 2008, when gold skyrocketed to $1,000 per ounce for the first time in history, that we decided to begin buying in earnest (gold is currently hovering in the $1,300 per ounce range). Customers who had precious jewelry to sell, needed a place they could trust. Before we made our first purchase, we decided that we wanted our offers to be the highest that our customers would receive. This philosophy has earned us many new customers, and has helped us to maintain our good reputation. Since then, our estate department has been robust, to say the least.

What do we hope to accomplish?

A blog is 100% customer service. It is a way to give away valuable information for free. Simply put, we hope to serve our customers by giving away free information that you can use. Each month, I will cover a different and interesting topic specific to vintage and estate jewelry. I'll write about various time periods and eras, such as Victorian, Edwardian, art deco, art nouveau, retro, and contemporary. I'll give you insight into how and why you might want to buy vintage and estate jewelry, or why you might want to sell your jewelry. I'll explain how the process works, what we look for, and what you should look for. Knowledge is the key. I sincerely hope you learn something here.

Why is it important?

This blog and the information in it, provide transparency. At times, transparency can be hard to find. Transparency can be equated to honesty. Here is a good quote about that:

"The single most important ingredient in the recipe for success is transparency because transparency builds trust." ~ Denise Morrison

See you next month. It’s going to be a good one!

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