One to Three Months Salary for Engagement Ring?

One to three months salary for engagement ring? This is baloney. The idea that a proportion of ones salary should be used to calculate the purchase price of an engagement ring is totally wrong. Please follow the rules I am sharing with you today. Financial rules: 1. Save 10% of your net salary in a

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How Can You Become a Gemologist?

There are a few schools… – Gemological Institute of America – California Institute of Jewelry Training – International Gem Society – Jewelry Arts and Design College – Santiago Canyon College – European Gemological Laboratory – Gemological Association of Great Britain – Canadian Gemology Association Before you choose a school you need to decide on your

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The Value of Foreign Coins and Currency

Do foreign coins and paper currency have value? The simple answer is yes and no! Very often clients bring in bags of foreign coins and paper currency. There are a few things to consider… Are any of the coins gold, silver or another precious metal? First thing I do is separate out any coins which

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Where Do Diamonds Come From?

Where do diamonds come from and how are they formed? Diamonds are created in volcanic regions over hundred so or even thousands of years. Or more! They form from molten carbon under extreme conditions. 1165 degrees F to 2125 degrees F and under high temperature and pressure. Diamonds are mined all over the world and

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Who’s The Boss?

Who are my clients? Or… who is my Boss? People frequently ask me how it feels to be in my own business! My response is…actually I am not the Boss! My clients are in charge! I once heard someone say if you treat your clients with respect and honor, you will have the lions share

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Giveaway and Sale!

We know men wait for the last possible minute… Last minute Valentine’s Day giveaway and sale for one day only! Wednesday, February 13th from 10AM to 5PM. 100 plush stuffed toys to the first 100 people. All new with tags and no purchase necessary! Must share email and cell phone number (for our use only will

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Miami in January: My Yearly Trip to the Original Miami Beach Antique Show

Every year about this time I pack my best merchandise from My Store and send it by armored car to the Miami Beach antique show. This year I had my best show ever with almost $300,000 in sales oh WOW! The highest ticket items were vintage diamond jewelry engagement rings, fine watches, and period jewelry.

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What does it take to become a Jewelry Buyer?

How long does to take to be a jewelry buyer?   The first thing you need is a real interest! My father was a retired pharmacist and my mother was the bookkeeper in addition to being a homemaker. They always had an interest in antiques and estate jewelry.    On the way back from graduation

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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? I.E. a used car. It doesn’t sound good. It might be 50 years old or brand new, but either way, it becomes estate jewelry when

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Diamonds: Hardness vs Toughness

If a diamond scratches glass, is it a real diamond? Can diamonds chip or break? Diamond is one of the hardest natural substances known to man! But what does this mean? There is a scale called the Mohs scale of hardness, with Talc being #1 the softest and diamond being #10 the hardest. What does

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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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