Gold: CIRCA Jewelry Buying & More

Birds of ParadiseA one-of-a-kind locket in 18k yellow and white gold and 20k rose gold weighs 300 grams and measures 2.5 inches long by 0.375 inch deep. With 479 pavé-set round diamonds (on the front and back) totaling 3.68 cts., the pendant was inspired by a piece of Japanese history—a carved-wood Edo-period box featuring cranes. The birds, which have long been a symbol of the soul, symbolize good luck, long life, marriage, and—when shown in flight—freedom from limitations. ($125,000; Kim Kaufman Designs, New York City; 914-462-0605; Success StoriesRicky Bromberg is happy to take diamond trade-ins at his 174-year-old store, but has less enthusiasm for estate transactions. “Buying old jewelry is just not something that we do on a day-to-day basis,” explains the president of Bromberg & Co. in Birmingham, Ala. So he was intrigued when his bro

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