The One That Got Away

Sold it too quickly. Hesitated too long. Didn’t recognize the value. These are the lamentations familiar to all antique and estate jewelry dealers. Dealers have a deep respect for the history and quality of the pieces they buy and sell, and they often regard themselves as caretakers of those items—so it’s natural that they may become attached. But no matter how much a dealer loves a piece, business is business. Money isn’t always behind the regret, however. Bad luck can ruin a deal—particularly when broken ATMs or a citywide blackout are involved. Here, dealers tell us about some of the pieces and experiences they just can’t forget: Judy Rosenbloom, The Treasure Chest, Highland Park, Ill. There are lots of pieces that I wish I hadn’t sold, and I think that it all comes down to timing. Timing is everything—if you have something you love but the bills are coming due

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