Jewelry Appraisers Take Their Show on the Road

What motivates people to poke through every nook and cranny of their closets, root through jewelry boxes, rise at dawn, and drive hundreds of miles to stand in lines for hours? The answer can be assessed weekly on the “Antiques Road Show,” the widely viewed TV program now in its fourth season on PBS. The “Antiques Road Show” is part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt. Jewelry specialists from the country’s leading auction houses—Butterfield & Butterfield, Christie’s, William Doyle Galleries, Skinner Gallery, Phillips Auctioneers, Sotheby’s—together with independent jewelry appraisers travel to U.S. cities offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. The 11-week tour covers 22,000 miles and attracts some 60,000 visitors. Each week, viewers watch as jewelry owners discover the history and worth of family heirlooms and bargains picked up at

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