by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
hermes jewelry

For more than 180 years, Hermes has remained one of the world’s most prestigious jewelry houses, producing merchandise which has been coveted by many. Below is an overview of their design approach and the traits which have given them a popularity which has endured for generations.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Vintage & Luxury Watches
watch design

Whether you plan to buy a luxury or vintage watch, it is essential to be able to recognize good watch design. There is a lot one can learn from Dieter Rams, a legendary watch designer who is famous for his work with the Braun house. Below are some of his core design principles.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
1934 Chicago $500 Bill

Like other historical high denomination bills, the 1934 $500 Chicago note is determined by issuing district, as well as the serial number, seal color, star note and condition. The total number of these bills printed is 917,628, and the number still in existence today which can be acquired by collectors is approximately 72,476.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Gold & Bullion
silver prices investors

For years, silver enthusiasts have been making predictions of spectacular future prices, due to a combination of low silver supply, economic demand, advances in technology and the heavy debt carried by nations worldwide. Some point to the recent crisis in Venezuela as a sign of things to come. However, since 2011 silver prices per ounce have actually fallen by 70 percent, going from about $50 ounce to around $14 an ounce by the end of 2018. This has discouraged many, prompting them to sell their positions in silver. But below are some reasons why the low silver price shouldn’t be of concern.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Gold & Bullion
gold prices 2018

2018 has been an interesting year for gold. Many are misled by the current economic boom, and feel the Federal Reserve will continue pushing up interest rates. However, the boom is mostly in the stock market, which benefits Wall Street more than Main Street. However, gold’s price has remained quite low, which has discouraged uninformed investors but is seen as a bargain for those in the know.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Opal Jewelry

Opal is essentially silica in a form that is amorphous and hydrated. When deposited it will occur at temperatures which are relatively low, and has become prized for its rarity and beauty. It is the official Australian gemstone and is extensively mined in that country. Below is a guide for those who are buying it for the first time.

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