A necklace that once belonged to Prince—the late singer, songwriter, and musician—and a money clip owned by actor and dancer Patrick Swayze, famed for his roles in “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost,” will be among celebrity items featured at an Estate Jewelry Show and Sale on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, at Karen’s Jewelers in Oak Ridge.
The show and sale will offer hundreds of jewelry pieces priced from $500 to more than $50,000, including rings, bracelets, earrings, brooches, pendants, and necklaces. The event will take place from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Karen’s Jewelers, which is located at 1120 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge.
“The show will feature an array of precious and semi-precious gems, as well as platinum and a wide selection of colors and karats of gold, reflecting the beauty and craftmanship of bygone eras,” said Martha Hart, of Karen’s Jewelers. Jewelry is considered estate jewelry if it is previously owned, though not always from an estate, she said. Such jewelry is considered antique if it is more than 100 years old.
Among other celebrity jewelry featured at the show and sale will be pieces that belonged to actors Bette Midler, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Basinger, Bea Arthur, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Linda Gray, and child star Shirley Temple. Other famous names represented in the show and sale are Gene Autry, Elvis Presley, Hugh Hefner, Joan Rivers, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis.
Jewelry collected in world travels will represent the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Belle Epoque, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Retro eras through the late 20th century at the event.
Yellow gold was the metal of choice in the Victorian era. Black also became popular after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861, and the country mourned with her. Pearls, memorial jewelry, and revivals of earlier styles of jewelry were other highlights of the era.
During the Art Deco era, women of the 1920s wore long gold necklaces and long multiple strands of pearls with their flapper dresses. Hollywood glamour was much in vogue, and many fine jewelry houses, including Cartier and Tiffany, became famous for their opulent designs, Hart explained.
Many one-of-a-kind selections of older jewelry, often hand-made by master craftsmen, will be shown during the event. Unless a piece is a rare collector’s item, a savings can be passed along to customers on many pieces of older jewelry that were probably acquired at prices below today’s market, Hart said.
For more information about the event, to request that a specific gem or jewelry from a specific period be available, or to request an appointment the day of the show and sale, contact Karen’s Jewelers at (865) 483-6717. Also, see the Karen’s Jewelers Facebook page and the website at www.karensjewelers.com.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release and photos were submitted by Kay Brookshire.
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