Floyd & Green Jewelers is celebrating its first year selling vintage, estate and trade jewelry as a regular facet of their business with a special estate and trade-in sale this weekend.The sale will feature three showcases of vintage jewelry with markdowns of 25, 40 and 60 percent off regular prices; one showcase will feature trade-in jewelry, one will have local estate jewelry and one will have pieces from a worldwide estate broker, including museum-quality pieces from the legendary Marcus & Co. private vault.The sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Floyd & Green, located at 515 Silver Bluff Road."A year ago, we weren't even in this business; we sort of backed into it through our appraising business. We'd always worked with lawyers and estates, because we have an AGS Certified Appraiser, and from time to time a family would say, 'make us an offer,' or, 'we don't want to fight over the jewelry pieces; just sell them for us.' But this last year, so many people have been selling their gold because of the high cost of precious metals now, and so many of the pieces we got were too nice to just melt down," said Floyd & Green co-owner Steve Floyd. "We were buying so much gold, and getting so much estate jewelry, that it just got that big, that fast. We went from zero to 15 linear feet of trade and estate showcases every day."The local pieces featured in this weekend's sale will remain in the store's inventory, but the Marcus & Co. pieces are here for a limited time only, Floyd said. The centerpiece of the estate collection is an Art Nouveau opal and diamond brooch, 6 by 41âÑ2 centimeters, valued at $88,000. The brooch was featured in the book "Masterpieces of American Jewelry," and was included in a 100-piece exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York."In our industry, the Marcus & Co. collection is pretty famous, and to be included in this book, that's pretty special," Floyd said. "Trade-in and estate jewelry is now our No. 1 product category in our store; people love the history of previously owned pieces. We wish we knew more of the stories that went with some of these pieces. It's been fun watching it develop."For more information about the sale or about the trade-in and estate jewelry facet of the business, call Floyd & Green Jewelers at 649-6005, or visit the business' website at www.floydandgreen.com.CONTEST: Draw your mom!Enter the Mother's Day drawing contest for a chance to win prizes from Floyd & Green.
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