Why Red & Green? The History of Holiday Jewelry Colors

Christmas has long been associated with red and green, but the colors of December holidays also include blue, gold, silver and white. These colors are reflected in the wonderful holiday jewelry that makes an appearance each December.  Today’s holiday jewelry includes both modern and ancient symbols of the season. From green trees with red decorations, to white snowmen

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Tiny Stamps on Shiny Objects: A History of US Gold & Silver Marks

You’ve probably seen “K” and 925 marks before, but unless you are really into jewelry, those marks may not mean much. There are so many different markings, it can be downright confusing. At the simplest level, you should know that any number with a K mark after it indicates the purity of gold, and a 925 stamp means the jewelry is made of sterling silver. Read on to learn more about the purity marks you’ll find on jewelry in the United States. Check back for future posts on marks for other countries.

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Precious Metals – Jewelry, Coins & Bullion

Mankind has valued precious metals for millennia. Gold artifacts have been discovered dating back 7,000 years and the oldest known gold coin was made in the ancient kingdom of Lydia (located where Turkey is today) more than 2,700 years ago. Precious metals have typically included gold, silver, and platinum. More recently, pallidum has been added to the list. All are considered “precious” because of their

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The Pearl In Literature

pearl – pərl, noun  1. a hard, lustrous spherical mass, typically white or bluish-gray, formed within the shell of an oyster or other bivalve mollusk and highly prized as a gem. 2. a precious thing; the finest example of something.   A lustrous gem produced by  found in the oceans surrounding every inhabited continent, pearls are a rare

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An Introduction to Pearls

Pearls have been treasured by mankind for thousands of years. These beautiful spheres with gorgeous luster have been traded as currency and prized as some of the most valuable jewelry on the planet. They are revered in literature, adorn the bodies of royalty and celebrities, and conjure images of wealth and prosperity. Until the 20th century,

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Safe & Easy Silver Dip Recipe

Safe & Easy Silver Dip Recipe By Things Grandma Kept Our Safe & Easy Silver Dip Recipe is perfect for removing tarnish from your silver with a few cents worth of ingredients you already have at home! Silver jewelry, particularly if it’s vintage, can easily tarnish if not worn frequently.   This dip is great for all genuine sterling silver and

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