Enamel Artwork: Cloissone & Plique-a-jour

Cloisonné is thought to have been used as far back as Byzantine times for jewelry and religious items. However, the items we are apt to find today when shopping estate sales and flea markets will most likely be Chinese or Japanese pieces produced somewhere between 1900 – 1950’s. These mass produced, un-marked items were […]

Collectible Mexican Jewelry

Most of the time when we think of Mexican jewelry, we think of the items produced for the souvenir shops. But did you know that fine Mexican jewelry dates to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and earlier? And while we typically think of Mexican jewelry being in silver, they also used gold, copper, and […]

Know Your Metals: 9 Different Types of Metals

There’s a lot of talk these days about investing in precious metals such as bullion, coins, and bars. Both gold and silver. However, when buying gold and silver bullion, you don’t have to wonder what your buying. You know. However, for those purchasing antiques made of metal, it helps to know a little bit […]

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