Four Tips for Protecting Your Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Jewelry Purchase

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, roughly half of all shoppers are just starting to search for what to buy their loved ones this holiday (another 10% will wait until February 13!). For many, jewelry will be their go-to gift of choice.

But as the saying goes, all that glitters is not gold. Especially if you’re one of the last-minute shoppers looking to make a quick jewelry purchase, failure to ask the right questions or do the appropriate pre-purchase research could invite a wide range of risks. Continue reading

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Fine Jewelry Appreciates in Value – and Risk

For decades, high-net-worth individuals have made emotional investments in fine jewelry. However, times are changing and fine jewelry is being pursued for another reason—its skyrocketing value. Whether you purchase a rare diamond in a vivid color or inherit a family … Continue reading

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Simulants: An Alternative to Real Diamonds

Part 2 in a three-part series about diamonds. A simulant is an alternative to a real diamond. It is either a natural or synthetic (lab-created) stone, or multiple stones fused together to resemble a diamond. Simulants are not as durable … Continue reading

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Diamonds: Natural, Simulants and Synthetics

Have you ever shopped for a diamond and found the options to be overwhelming? Well, you’re not alone. There are a variety of natural, simulants, and synthetics to choose from. The qualities of each vary about as much as the price for each option. Continue reading

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Passionate About Luxury Watches?

Whether you are fortunate enough to attend the holy grail of watch sales–Baselworld in Basel, Switzerland–or prefer to search for your luxury timepiece through your favorite watch specialist, there are a few things you should know about protecting your favorite wearable art. Continue reading

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The Wonders of Japanese Whiskies

In the world of wines and spirits, the Japanese whisky phenomenon exploded on the scene in 2014 when journalist and critic Jim Murray proclaimed a single malt whisky from the Yamazaki distillery “as the best in the world,” as reported by Bloomberg.com. Since then, prices and demand worldwide have skyrocketed, sending retailers into a spin as they try to locate these precious goods. Continue reading

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When Jewelry Meets Technology

The first generation of wearable technology, more specifically those items in which jewelry has fused with technology, focused so much on the “tech” that the jewelry aesthetics left much to be desired. After all, staying connected doesn’t mean you should … Continue reading

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Trends in Decorative Arts

Trends are fickle things, rising and falling like ocean waves. Today, in the world of decorative arts, the Asian art market continues to exert its influence. High-value Chinese and Japanese porcelain, contemporary furniture, ceramics, and clothing collections of Asian heritage … Continue reading

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Installing Outdoor Sculpture

Art can liven up or personalize any setting, but outdoor sculpture needs to be protected from risks as benign as a misdirected sprinkler or as severe as a major hurricane. And before installing outdoor sculpture on their property, homeowners and collectors need to identify and mitigate a variety of potential hazards. Continue reading

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Art’s Delicate Journey

Transporting fine art is an art in itself. Understanding how to prepare the art for its journey, and trusting the capability of the vendors you work with, are prerequisites for the successful shipment of your favorite piece. Continue reading

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