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28-Carat Kashmir Sapphire sets Price-Per-Carat Record at Sotheby’s Auction

NEW YORK – An exceptional, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for $5,093,000 on April 29 at Sotheby’s, setting a new world auction record price per carat for any sapphire. The square, emerald-cut sapphire weighs 28.18 carats and is one of the finest sapphires ever to appear at auction, described by the American Gemological Laboratories […]

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Rinker on Collectibles: Our Future Relies on Kids Collecting

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, Linda and I drove from Kentwood to 1350 West Randolph Street, Chicago, home of the Randolph Street Market Festival. It was the 2013 season opening day and marked the 10-year anniversary of the market. Known simply as “Randolph Street” in the trade, its promotional literature bills it as “America’s Largest […]

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March Auction to Feature Fine Art, Jewelry, Native American Objects

GENESEO, N.Y. — Approximately 900 quality lots of fine arts and antiques in an array of categories will be sold on Friday, March 22, and Saturda, March 23, by Cottone Auctions. The auction will feature original oil paintings by many by notable artists, bronzes, jade and ivory Asian objects, sterling silver items, estate jewelry pieces, […]

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Victorians Mourning Their Dead Monumental To Mundane

Although paying hommage to the dead goes back as far as recorded time, we are probably most familiar with the widow in mourning, all dressed in black, of the mid 19th century, who was destined to wear black for the rest of her life, or at least a significant part of it.

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