Does Gold Tarnish?

Silver tarnishes, does gold? Tarnish is a nice way to say rust or oxidize. Silver changes color when exposed to the air and darkens.   It constantly needs to be polished. Gold is inert to most chemicals and does tarnish or oxidize. However, as gold is an alloy, metals used in the manufacture of gold may

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Pearls: Natural vs Cultured vs Imitation

Where do pearls come from? Basically, pearls are formed when a grain of sand or other foreign object gets into an oysters shell and body of the oyster. The oyster then produces a crystalline secretion to protect it from irritation. The minerals which are deposited around the foreign object are Calcite and Aragonite. This Pearly

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National Estate About to Turn 20!

What can I say…time moves too fast. 20 years to be exact. In 2019 National Estate will be 20 years old! I would call it the ride of a lifetime. I started the business with 2 employees and 900 square feet. At the end of the first year, I doubled my space to 1900 square

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Investing in coins!

Should coins be cleaned or polished? Rule #1: Collectible coins should never be cleaned or polished! This includes silver polish or dip, polishing cloths or machine polishing Collectible coins are defined as coins in demand which are rare and hard to find.  Usually collectible coins are from times gone by or might be minted today

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WHY BUY ESTATE JEWELRY

First of all, I want to define Estate Jewelry as any jewelry that was previously owned. We use the word Estate. Instead of the word used. Who wants used jewelry. Ie a used car. It doesn’t sound good It might be 50 years old or brand new. it becomes estate jewelry when the owner decides

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What’s It Worth?

IF I AM NOT FOR MYSELF WHO WILL BE FOR ME? BUT, IF I AM ONLY FOR MYSELF WHAT AM I? Me, Myself and I: Ethics of the Fathers 1:14 I remember this quote from when I was a teenager My interpretation is that we are all parts of a mankind Each individual is a

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WHAT IS A PAWNBROKER?

WHEN YOU NEED MONEY FAST BARRY’S JEWELRY LOANS WHAT IS A PAWNBROKER? A Pawnbroker is a business which loans money secured by collateral. Depending upon the expertise of the pawnbroker this collateral can be many different things. Loans can be secured with Jewelry, Diamonds, watches, precious metals ( gold, silver, platinum), coins, artwork, automobiles, Real

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Ever Try To Get A Round Tuit?

I remember being given a small round disc and on the back was written: “A Round Tuit”. For those how can’t seem to accomplish tasks or just procrastinate. I frequently think about this little disc and think how much it changed my life! I am looking into buying these Round Tuit’s for a special give

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Guideline for Knowing When to Sell Precious Metals

PRECIOUS METAL DEALERS: “THE PRESENT IS SOMETHING YOU GIVE YOURSELF”  Anonymous Living in the present moment is so important! In the present moment, there is no stress! Stress only exists when you worry about the future or live in the past. How does this apply to my business of buying and selling? People often ask

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What’s it worth? A DIAMOND IS FOREVER

A marketing slogan invented by the ad agency N.W. Ayer for DeBeers (The Diamond syndicate) in the 1940’s. “A DIAMOND IS FOREVER” This was an extremely successful campaign. Its purpose was to link Diamonds to romantic love. The meaning of A Diamond is Forever is that a diamond is a never-ending sign of love. A

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Local Jewelry Appraisals

If you have something to get done give it to the busiest person you know House calls for local jewelry appraisals are very important to my business and my clients I consider it  a service which National Estate Jewelers provides at no charge I do home visits bank vault appointments for both appraising and purchasing I

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Forced Sale or Liquidation

There never enough time to do it right. But there’s always time to do it over….. Quote from a jeweler friend of mine. What you need to know and do when you need to cash fast! There are times when we either need money in a hurry or just need to physically move fast and

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A picture is worth 1000 words…

A picture is worth 1000 words… A picture is worth 1000 words”. Attributed to Tess Flanders newspaper editor in the year 1911 At least once a week I get a phone call from a  person who wants me to tell them what something is worth over the phone.  I know this sounds funny, but it

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The title of the yearbook was Our Crowd with a denim colored cover

I recently looked at my high school yearbook. The title of the yearbook was Our Crowd with a denim colored cover. Below my picture was one of my favorite quotes! “The nicest thing you can do for a friend is to simply be a friend.” I still feel this way 45 years later. My phone

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