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My Recent Buy:  A New Piece to Enhance Linda’s Victorian Jewelry Type Collection
  • Jan 11 2019
  • 11 Jan 2019

My Recent Buy: A New Piece to Enhance Linda’s Victorian Jewelry Type Collection

“My Recent Buy” will be a regular feature in The Insider. What did you buy recently that brings a smile to your face? Share the […]

Beginners’ Guide to Fine Jewelry Metals
  • Nov 1 2018
  • 1 Nov 2018

Beginners’ Guide to Fine Jewelry Metals

There are 3 main metals that you’re likely to stumble upon whilst jewelry shopping: gold, silver, and platinum. This guide aims to break those down […]

What is a Cluster Ring?
  • Sep 20 2018
  • 20 Sep 2018

What is a Cluster Ring?

An unusual engagement ring or a dazzling cocktail ring; clusters are suitable for so many occasions! They are certainly gorgeous pieces, but what exactly is […]

What is a Cameo Brooch?
  • Aug 16 2018
  • 16 Aug 2018

What is a Cameo Brooch?

Cameo brooches have been worn by both men and women throughout history.  Napoleon loved them enough to wear one to his own wedding. Queen Victoria was […]

A Fabulous Find Indeed:  A Hero's Watch
  • Jul 5 2018
  • 5 Jul 2018

A Fabulous Find Indeed: A Hero’s Watch

As a dealer and appraiser I’ve been called upon at times to do charitable work, by donating my time for local appraisal events. For a […]

  • Mar 8 2018
  • 8 Mar 2018

4 Tips for Spotting Knockoff Vintage Costume Jewelry

We live in a world of knockoffs. Fake designer goods are everywhere: street corners, online, estate sales, even bricks-and-mortar shops. Some fakes “inspired by” originals […]

  • Jan 31 2018
  • 31 Jan 2018

Vintage and Antique Gift Ideas for Her on Valentine’s Day

It’s a dilemma for most men on the run up to Valentine’s day, all the way back to the 1840s when Esther A. Howland, “the […]

  • Oct 18 2017
  • 18 Oct 2017

Antique Jewelry Hallmarks

The provenance behind any piece of antique jewelry is one of the reasons why antique jewelry is so appealing.  The styles, the cuts, the stone, […]

  • Oct 2 2017
  • 2 Oct 2017

The History of the Engagement Ring

Despite the nature of marriage and engagement constantly evolving, the romantic symbol of the exchanging of rings remains consistent. It has been a well-established tradition […]

  • Sep 5 2017
  • 5 Sep 2017

Auction Talk with Wayne: September 2017 Auction Highlights

Welcome back… Labor Day is behind us, and auction houses are bringing out their “big guns” to kick off the fall season. If this month’s […]