Reproduction Gilt Cobalt Oyster Plate Marked Limoges

Plates for serving oysters were not particularly common, even when originally popular, long ago. If made by one of the past makers of better quality ceramics oyster plates can be extremely appealing to a modern collector. Because of this, many new fakes, reproductions and fantasy pieces have been appearing in the last few years. All are intended to appeal specifically to oyster plate collectors (and their wallets).

Tips for Designing A Great Shop Logo

One of the most important decisions you will make as a business owner is the design of your shop logo. It communicates who you are and what you do as a business in a visual format. It is the first impression visitors get when entering your shop for the first time and will often determine if they will stay or leave.

Mark Chervenka: How to Photograph Hanging Lamps and Shades

Photographing hanging lamps and shades can present online sellers a real challenge. Unless you go to the extra work and time of actually hanging the piece, it can be difficult to give buyers an accurate and attractive view of the piece. Following a few simple tips, though, you can easily photograph most pieces in a way that creates the illusion of being suspended from the ceiling.


New Section Just Added to the Ruby Lane Shop Forums

We are pleased to announce that we have just added a brand new educational section to the Ruby Lane shop forums. This new section, entitled Research & Resources, is designed to offer informational and educational materials to shop owners on topics ranging from Periods and Styles to Gems and Gemology, Patent Date Marks and many other antiques & art, collectibles, and jewelry-related topics. You'll also find links to many resource sites we think you'll find helpful.

RubyPlaza.com to Close December 31, 2012

Two years ago we opened Ruby Plaza to much fanfare. At that time, all of us at Ruby Lane (Ruby Plaza's sister site) were extremely excited about the possibilities that lay ahead for the site after our grand opening. In contrast to Ruby Lane, Ruby Plaza was designed to attract buyers and sellers of new items, as opposed to vintage and collectible items.

Green Listing Day Update - $372 Donation Made to the World Wildlife Fund

On April 20th, 2012 Ruby Lane held a “Green Listing Day” where all items listed on that day were only charged 10 cents instead of the regular 30 cent listing fee. This was in celebration of Earth Day which was on April 22nd. All of the proceeds from those listings were donated by Ruby Lane directly to the World Wildlife Fund. The total donated was $372. Ruby Lane conducts several Green Listing Days throughout the year.

Ruby Lane Radio Interview with Shop Owner Melissa Smith

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Video - Basic Photoshop Tips for Product Photography

Helen Gilbert of Ruby Lane shop Catisfaction says she gets lots of compliments on her product photos. She has been kind enough to do an excellent video that offers tips for using Photoshop or Gimp (a free program) image editing software to improve your product photography:

Green Listing Day is Friday, April 20th, 2012

Every day is Earth Day at Ruby Lane! We're celebrating Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, by offering our shops a Green Listing Day ahead of time.

Mark Chervenka: An Easy Way to Photograph Mirrors

 Some of the most challenging subjects for online sellers to photograph are mirrors and other highly reflective surfaces like polished silver.

It’s all too easy for a photograph of a beautiful antique mirror to become a distracting hodgepodge of your cluttered garage reflected in the glass. Or even more embarrassing, an extremely unflattering reflection of the photographer.

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