by: Ben Tseytlin - on Vintage & Luxury Watches
wempe luxury watches

Although Switzerland is Europe’s most well-known destination for the manufacture of luxury watches, Germany has made a name for itself, especially in recent years. This is best seen in Wempe watches, which have a unique identity both for design and movement. These German watches emphasize minimalist design, while some display more advanced mechanical movements with base plates that are about three quarters in size.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
engagement ring trends

Everyone has been talking about the engagement ring worn by Meghan Markle, who plans to marry Prince Harry next month. The ring is special not only because of its elegance; diamond cut cushion and yellow gold, but also because it has set new trends in the jewelry industry. Below are some of them.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Gold & Bullion
physical gold and mining shares

There is a big difference between investing in shares of gold mining and gold bullion. Shares are ultimately speculative, and require good timing to be profitable. In recent years gold mining has become more complicated and risky. This is why many experts feel that purchasing physical gold is far safer and cost effective than mining shares. Below are some ways in which gold shares influence gold bullion, making it more attractive.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
1917 $1 Washington Saw Horse Note

Issuance for the 1917 $1 Washington Saw Horse note lasted from 1917 to 1923, when a final change was added after which the government decided to transition to smaller notes. This is the last example of American currency that displays a design which is asymmetrical, and it also features dual vignettes along with scroll work which is quite intricate.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
onyx jewelry

Onyx is the quintessential black gem and has been worn in jewelry since antiquity. In the past it was extremely valuable and outside the reach of most people but in recent years it has become a bit more affordable. However, before shopping for it, there are a number of important things you should know.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
1857 $10 49er Horseman .906 Fine Gold Coin

Baldwin & Co designed a gold coin in 1850 which would be called The Horseman. This is due to the image on the coin’s obverse side, which depicts an image of a horse being ridden by a cowboy, while the reverse side shows an image which was typical of $10 Federal Eagle issues of the time. Acquiring an authentic Horseman is a significant achievement, and depending on the variant and condition of the coin can sell for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. When most people think of gold coins from this time period, they think of coins which were manufactured by the federal government, but in fact, many private mints existed which produced their own coins, of which the Horseman was one of the most popular.

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