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Gemstones – Hard versus Tough

Gemstones – Hard versus Tough

When choosing a gemstone, color, clarity, cut and carat weight are critical. You want a diamond, ruby, sapphire or emerald or semiprecious stones to be a good match for your style and taste. Once you choose your stone your pendant, ring, necklace, earrings...
Tsavorite Garnets – Beautiful Green Semiprecious Gemstones

Tsavorite Garnets – Beautiful Green Semiprecious Gemstones

Among the many semi precious stones used in jewelry is the tsavorite garnet. Green in color, these gemstones are often confused with emeralds. This species of garnet stone was named by Tiffany and Company after the Tsavo National Park in Kenya close to...
Rose Gold

Rose Gold

Gold, after it is refined, has a yellow color. It is also somewhat soft and needs to be alloyed with other metals to increase its strength for use in jewelry such as chains, bracelets and rings. The metals used to make the alloys have affect the final...
February Birthstone – Amethyst

February Birthstone – Amethyst

Birthstones are precious or semiprecious gemstones associated with either a sign of the Zodiac or a particular month.  Gifts of jewelry with the recipient’s birthstone are very popular.  Parents are often given jewelry with the birthstones of their...
Gold and Silver Coins Inspected for Integrity at “The Trial of the Pyx”

Gold and Silver Coins Inspected for Integrity at “The Trial of the Pyx”

In the United Kingdom, there is a procedure in place to test coins minted. It is a very old procedure, created in the past to ensure that coins made of precious metals were in fact the correct weight and purity stamped on their face. Called the Trial...
Choosing Quality Jewelry Matters

Choosing Quality Jewelry Matters

In the weeks before a holiday where gifts are exchanged – Valentine’s Day or Christmas for instance, retail stores that sell jewelry roll out beautiful looking earrings, pendants, rings, necklaces and bracelets at unbelievably low prices.  How...
With Coins, What Does “Silver Layered” and “Gold Layered” Mean?

With Coins, What Does “Silver Layered” and “Gold Layered” Mean?

In the realm of coins, there are coins that are or were legal tender, and “coins” that are struck as commemorative pieces. In the United States, there were millions of silver dollars, quarters and dimes, and historically many gold coins used as currency....
The Melt Value versus Numismatic Value of Coins

The Melt Value versus Numismatic Value of Coins

Not all coins are created equal. Most coins will have both a numismatic value and a melt value. A numismatist is a coin collector, and the value of a coin to a collector may exceed how much the coin is worth in precious metal. This difference is tied...
Movements Matter for Watch Values

Movements Matter for Watch Values

What makes a watch valuable? There are many factors, but one of the most important is the type of movement. The movement of a watch refers to the mechanism that moves the hands (or other chronological displays) – it is the beating heart of a timepiece....