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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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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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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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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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