No One’s Stealing My Baby

Rick Albers

It doesn’t matter who or where you are with your collector car – you can’t let it be a target for thieves who are always on the lookout for an opportunity. As the spring and summer approach, many collectors will be moving their vehicles. Whether you are transporting your supercar from Florida to New York, shipping a newly purchased vehicle from Washington, DC, or exhibiting at a car show in California, have a plan in place to keep it safe from auto theft.

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Spring For Diamonds

Maggie Reynolds

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.
— Gregorian birthstone poem

For those lucky individuals born in April, the diamond, a symbol of love, is the modern birthstone in the United States, Britain, and India. Traditionally, this gemstone, thought to be a symbol of good luck and protection against misfortune, was chosen for April in old Hindu and ancient Polish calendars and was also the zodiac stone for Aries. Continue reading

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Protecting On-The-Wall Assets: Fine Art

Frances O'BrienWith $27 billion worth of art sold during 2015 in the U.S., it’s clear many Americans are increasingly turning to fine art for both personal and financial benefit. But regardless of whether collectors are making an investment or passion-based purchase, there are a number of risks to consider.

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From Private Collector to Gallery Owner:
What to Know When Opening a Private Museum

Laura DoyleBetween the 1960s and the 1980s, a grand total of 25 private collections were made available to the public as museums. But as the number of collectors has increased and the value of the fine art market has skyrocketed over the past four decades, so too has the number of private museums.

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Fears and Facts: A Closer Look at Travel Dangers

David BloomFrom acts of terror to Zika, safety threats can prevent people from vacationing overseas. Yet, fear can be a healthy response to risk. It can motivate us to do research, learn the facts, and put the risks into perspective. Consider the following: Continue reading

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Keeping Your Treasured Vehicles Safe

Rick AlbersFor those who love their collector cars, keeping them safe and sound is a top priority. Whether you own antique classic cars, 1950s/60s/70s muscle cars, supercars, antique trucks or military vehicles – you likely have a deep emotional connection to your collection. These treasures are to be stored and secured with the highest devotion and care. Continue reading

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Dispelling the Misperceptions About Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

fire sprinklerMost homes in the United States are protected from fire by smoke detection systems, but have you considered a residential fire sprinkler system? Residential sprinkler systems reduce the chances of dying in a fire by 69% when compared to a residence without sprinklers, and by 82% when combined with smoke detectors.1

Clearly, installing a residential fire sprinkler system can have a life-saving impact. Yet residential sprinklers still lag behind smoke detection systems as primary protection from home fires, perhaps due to lack of education about sprinklers as well as a number of misconceptions. Continue reading

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What to Know Before Buying Jewelry Online

Janece WhiteAs the broader retail industry continues to experience an uptick in e-commerce sales, the jewelry segment is no exception. In fact, by 2020, online fine jewelry and fashion jewelry sales will capture 10% and 15% of the market, respectively.

While buying jewelry online can be extremely convenient, the process is not immune from issues plaguing the broader e-commerce market. Whether it is sourcing concerns or damage during shipment, there are a number of questions you should ask before clicking “purchase” on a new piece. Continue reading

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When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: What to Do When an Earthquake Strikes

Geannie BrubakerFifth in a series of articles about earthquake preparedness.

There is no way to predict when or where an earthquake will strike. It can happen any time of year, any time of day and in any kind of weather. For those of us who live in earthquake-prone areas of the country, it is a surreal and scary experience when it does happen. Continue reading

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March Birthstones: The Color of Sun and Sea

Marissa Holland

Part of a series of articles about birthstones.

March offers two beautiful gemstones to symbolize your birth month: bloodstone is the traditional stone, while aquamarine is the modern stone representing the month of March.

Bloodstone is also known as “heliotrope” in Greek, which means “sun turning” or “turning to the sun,” which seems fitting for the first month of spring. Bloodstone is a dark-green stone sprinkled with red dots from iron oxide. It’s part of the Chalcedony family and comes in many shapes and cuts including emerald, oval, and cushion. The largest source of bloodstone deposits is in India.

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