Photographing Jewelry

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We know you have seen it – the photo of a brooch taken from five feet away in a dark cave. According to the title, this might be just the piece you want, but the dark, unfocused image provides no clues as to the design of the piece, the material from which it was made,… Read more »

December’s Birthday Gemstones

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The month of  December, with all its Holiday shopping, is known for offering a wide range of choices in everything imaginable. The same holds true with the birthstone for the month. Those born in December are offered 5 different choices! Lapis and Zircon are the two most traditional choices, with turquoise being a bit later… Read more »

All That Glitters Guide To Gold

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Beware! When shopping on the Internet, all that glitters is not gold! Has this happened to you? You’re surfing online and find a fabulous ring for sale – a 14K gemstone ring. Pleased with the style, and thrilled by a bargain price, you read on, only to discover in the "fine print" that the ring… Read more »

Precious Metal Testing: A Beginner’s Guide

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If you buy and sell vintage and antique jewelry long enough, you will acquire some pieces that though unmarked, seem to be made of fine metal. Maybe it is their heft, their color or their style, but something tells you these are “better” pieces. Many fine jewelry items of karat gold and sterling silver are… Read more »

A Guide To Cameos

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Think of cameos and you are likely to picture a brooch with the profile of a woman carved in shell. Did you know that this style of cameo is only one of a broad array of carved miniatures considered cameos? Indeed, the very popular profile cameo is largely a 20th century creation. To understand more… Read more »

Beware: New Reproduction Jewelry

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Fakelite, contemporary reproduction Bakelite jewelry, is causing even expert dealers in Bakelite jewelry to make mistakes, and it has the potential to cause a dramatic decrease in value of Bakelite jewelry collections. History has shown us that when reproductions are introduced into the marketplace in, any area of collecting, the result is a negative impact… Read more »