• 13
    May

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair” or “gold joinery.” Kintsugi originated around the 15th century as a replacement for metal staples, the usual repair method of the time. Staples […]

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  • 13
    May

The California Gold Rush’s Effect on Chinese Silver and Hong Kong

加州淘金热对中国银器和香港的影响 The more it is researched, the more Chinese Export Silver is shown to be by far the most complex and diverse silver category. It is virtually impossible to pick up an item of this silver without it being far more than what its outward appearance conveys. Picking up a piece of Chinese Export Silver […]

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  • 6
    Feb

Selling Your Gold: What You Should Know About the Process

As a professional independent appraiser, people have come to me over the years to sell their gold. During the consultation, I would sort their gold items into what should be sold for gold weight and what should be sold as jewelry (usually antique). This article is to help educate you on how to sell your […]

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  • 20
    Mar

Estate Sale Misidentification Almost leads to Melting of $33M Fabergé Egg

What a difference a few minutes of research can make. If you haven’t heard by now, collectors around the globe are talking about the discovery of the third Imperial Russian Fabergé egg, identified last week by Kieran McCarthy of London’s Wartski jewelers. The Fabergé community is extremely excited about the find, as the egg has […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The $10-Million Gold Coin Hoard Find

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host an exciting interview with Kagins Inc.’s, Donald Kagin, PhD, and David McCarthy, who are handling a once-in-a-century find—The Saddle Ridge Hoard; $10-million worth of rare gold coins—that was buried sometime in the late 1800s and recently discovered by a couple out walking their dog on […]

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  • 27
    Feb

$10M ‘Saddle Ridge Hoard’ Gold Coin Treasure Rocks Numismatic World

Whether it was fate or purely by accident, February seems to be a great month for prospecting for gold. Two years ago in February a worker renovating an old vineyard building in France discovered a treasure trove of nearly 500 U.S. Double Eagles gold coins that had been located in the rafters of that old building. […]

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  • 25
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Fabergé Revealed at the Peabody Essex Museum

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis hosts a fascinating discussion with Dean Lahikainen, Peabody Essex Museum’s Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art about an upcoming exhibition: Fabergé Revealed. The exhibit is from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is on view at […]

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  • 3
    Jun

A Double Eagle Treasure: Collection Lanson Champagne Captures Nearly $1 Million

Normally when coin collectors think of lost gold treasures, especially when it pertains to the glorious Double Eagle or $20 gold piece, the more prestigious of the pedigrees would include the famous shipwrecks and the bounty of the SS Central America, the SS Republic or the SS Brother Jonathan. However, on June 3, 2013, at Bonham’s […]

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  • 1
    May

Gold Alert: From Investing in Gold to Buying it over the Counter

As an appraiser often I am asked, “Should I invest in gold?” Let me go over the basics before you decide to invest in gold. I watch TV and listen to the radio and I hear all of the commercials about investing in gold, and if you have read my article on “Selling and Buying […]

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  • 10
    Oct

Certified Early Gold (1795-1834) and Why They Are Scarce, Part I

Certified Early Gold (1795-1834) and Why They Are Scarce, Part I

By Silvano DiGenova

Methodology of This Study

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