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Coral

Coral has been viewed as a mysterious gemstone, gifted with spiritual, energetic powers.

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Micro Mosaic Jewelry

One of the greatest bargains in Jewelry is micro mosaic jewelry, because of the painstaking and time intensive process of crafting these jewelry pieces. They are fine works of art design, and craftsmanship. Usually, they are crafted into brooches and bracelets. Micro mosaic jewelry first began in Italy in the late 1700’s, and the highest […]

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Turquoise

One of the oldest gems to be mined was turquoise. Turquoise was mined by the ancient Egyptians over 6000 years ago. The finest turquoise in the world is mined in Iran. The Aztecs used turquoise in Mosaic work, dating back thousands of years. Today, turquoise is often mined and transformed into jewelry in the southwestern […]

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The Tubular Clasp

One way to date antique or period jewelry is to look at the clasp on the jewelry. Back in the 1890’s bracelets were frequently made with tubular clasp, or a trombone clasp. It was popular in the late 1800’s, and was used in jewelry making up until the 1940’s. There are two types of tubular […]

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Dating Antique Pins

Look at the back of the pin to date it. In the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, fabric for women’s clothing was heavier than it is today. Pins and brooches had clasps that extended beyond the pin. This was needed to attach the pin onto the fabric, so that it would stay in place. Pins that […]