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I'm looking antique rock crystal, amethyst and smokey quartz

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I'm looking for an antique rock crystal, amethyst and smokey quartz chandelier appraised. The chandelier (including crystals) is approximately 46" from top to bottom and 28" wide. 15 arms/lights. Hanging on the light are an assortment of rock crystal, amethyst, smokey quartz and glass.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
5 detailed images added.
Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help.

Is there any maker's identification? What's on the tag?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I purchased the chandelier yesterday at an antique show but unfortunately they did not provide me with a maker's identification. Where would this typically be on the chandelier? I can look now.
Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 1 year ago.

Look at all the metal parts. What information was on the tag?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I just looked the chandelier over and no identifying marks jumped out at me. The tag said late 19th century rock crystal and amethyst chandelier along with the price. It was purchased from a dealer called Antique Liquidators, LLC out of Dallas, TX.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I personally believe the chandelier to be later - probably 1920s? Are you unable to assist without a maker's mark? My understanding is that many chandeliers are unmarked.
Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for this information.

I can still value the chandelier for you. Sometimes a signature or manufacturer's identity will add to the value.

This is truly a wonderful fixture! They made good use of quartz - both the smokey and the amethyst.

The chandelier appears to be European, possibly French, and looks as if it was made at the turn of the 20th century.

It is difficult to identify the metal from your pictures, but it looks like bronze. If it is bronze, and if the chandelier is in excellent cosmetic and working condition, its current retail (replacement or insurance) value is approximately $25,000. If you were to sell it, you could expect to get the fair market (private sale or auction) value of approximately 40% of the retail amount, or $10,000, depending on location and actual condition.

I hope this answer has been helpful to you.

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Thank you so much!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. Can you please let me know how you arrived at that figure? It's much higher than I thought it would be - and much, much more than I paid for the fixture. It is in working condition and appears to be in very good cosmetic appearance.
Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 1 year ago.

Yes, of course.

I researched similar chandeliers, most of which were bronze and French, all of which had rock crystal and quartz pendants. A great deal of the value hinges on the chandelier being bronze. If it is brass or iron, the value would be about half the figure I gave you.