Professional appraisers Rochelle Eisenberg and her associate Elana Markus participated in the Treasures Roadshow in Coronado, CA on October 15th, 2015. This day was sponsored by the Historical Association of Coronado in Southern California.
One of the pieces that they appraised at the roadshow was brought in by a gentleman who had purchased a sculpture of metal flowers. It was purchased in a gilt store for his wife because she is a flower lover.
When the piece was examined, it was discovered that it was enamel on metal and marked “750” which is the mark for 18 karat gold. It was inscribed “Milano, Italy”. There were 11 small diamonds in the center of the flowers that were authenticated by a gemologist.
The owner had never looked for a mark on the piece, which found was in a disguised location on the bottom stem of the flowers. He was delighted to find that his piece was a Gold, Enamel and Diamond Sculpture made in Italy and worth $11,000 Dollars.
Lesson to learn is to look closely for marks or signatures on items you acquire - you never know what is hiding in an unlikely place!