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Bronze Statuary & Sculptures

Bronze Statuary & Sculptures

A popular item for home or office decor are collectible bronze statues. Bronze statuary are typically duplicates of sculptures, often smaller versions of larger works. Bronze sculptures vary in size, from small items about the size of a paperweight to...
Art Deco Jewelry

Art Deco Jewelry

Do you have a piece of jewelry that is bold, geometric, with straight lines and strong angles? Chances are you posses a piece of Art Deco jewelry. The Art Deco period covers roughly the years from 1915 to 1935. Examples of art deco design are found in...
What to Do when you Lose a Stone?

What to Do when you Lose a Stone?

We have all heard stories about replacing a missing stone in a diamond ring. Did you know you can usually find a replacement for any kind of stone, not just diamonds? Well-known precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies are usually...
Porcelain Figurines

Porcelain Figurines

One of the most popular classes of collectibles is the porcelain figurine. Porcelain figurines are manufactured all over the world. For centuries, artisans in nations such as Italy, Germany, China, Japan and England have been making porcelain objects....
What Are Jewels Doing Inside of  Watches?

What Are Jewels Doing Inside of Watches?

Have you ever heard someone refer to the number of jewels in a watch? It usually doesn’t mean bling, it means the number of jewels inside the watch. Watches can be separated into two major categories, those with mechanical movements and electronic movements....
Metal – Base, Bronze, Brass & Precious

Metal – Base, Bronze, Brass & Precious

Antiques and collectibles are made from many different materials. Items such as candlesticks or clocks, statues or figurines can be made from metals like brass, bronze or are made from plated base metals. Other items can be made from gold, or silver....
Carat & Karat – One for Stones, One for Gold

Carat & Karat – One for Stones, One for Gold

When buying jewelry, two words you hear often will be “carat” and “karat”. They sound alike, can even be spelled the same (depending on who is spelling!) but they mean very different things. “Carat” is a unit of weight, used to measure the...
Condition, Rarity, Liquidity = Coin Values

Condition, Rarity, Liquidity = Coin Values

The value of a coin beyond its value in its constituent metals is called its numismatic value. The value of a coin in regard to value of the silver or gold in it is its melt value. What makes a coin valuable, besides it’s value in precious metal? Three...
Hallmarks, Trademarks and Maker’s Marks

Hallmarks, Trademarks and Maker’s Marks

Many items, such as watches, jewelry and silver wares have marks on them. The appear as small, stamped or inscribed marks in an inconspicuous place on the item. On a silver spoon, it may be on the reverse side, down where the stem and bowl meet. On a...
Claddagh Rings – Irish Friendship RIngs

Claddagh Rings – Irish Friendship RIngs

Have you ever seen a ring that, on close inspection, is a pair of hands holding a heart with a crown on top? You were looking at a “Claddagh” ring. Pronounced klah-duh, a Claddagh ring has its roots in Irish tradition dating from the 17th century....