I recently received a Champagne gift set for a wedding gift. Its a Royal Cuvee 1990 Brut Millennium Library Edition that has 2 flutes that have 24kt gold decorations on them. It looks a little like a stain glass window with a few other colors too. My new wife and I were told that the set may be valuable. Do you know any about this particular set or do you know where I may go to check its value.
Thank you for your time,
Your gift sounds very lovely. Every year sparkling wine makers and importers out do themselves coming up with gift sets for the holidays. For the most part the glasses are not valuable unless there is an indication of value on the package, e.g. Riedel Glasses, Bacarat Crystal, etc., The primary value for these gifts are the wine. And since you did not tell me the maker of the champagne I can't assess the value.
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QUESTION: Thank you for answering my question so fast. Here is some additional information on the wine set. the classes are "one of a kind antique" made by Tirge Jiu. The wine is by Gloria Ferrer.
Thank you again,
Answer That is indeed a very handsome gift. The sparkling wine is from a California producer and so is less valuable than actual Champagne. Probably between $20-$30. The glassware looks stunning and is from a city in Romania known for its glassware. Still it is not actually antique glassware so probably not valuable; perhaps another $25-$35
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