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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Gemstone Spotlight Prasiolite

Prasiolite gems are greenish yellow in color and are a variety of quartz which can be cut into stones that are faceted for usage in jewelry. It is processed in three different ways, which are irradiation, heat treatment and natural heating.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Gemstone Spotlight Aventurine

Aventurine is a type of quartz gemstone that is prized for its sparkle, metallic inclusions and translucency. Muscovite mica is one of its key ingredients, which gives it a green, blue or silver sheen. It produces an amazing effect called aventuresence that separates it from other stones.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Precious Metal Spotlight Ruthenium

Ruthenium is related to platinum yet it has a number of unique characteristics. It is harder and rarer but more brittle, and has a higher melting point. Its spectacular sheen makes it ideal for high end jewelry.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Jewelry Spotlight Lacquer

Lacquer is a hard and shiny finish which is applied to a variety of materials including metal and wood. It originates in Asia where objects are coated with the dried, treated and dyed sap of the lacquer tree. It can also be used to produce fabulous jewelry.

This material has been manufactured for more than a thousand years in East and South Asia, but only recently have many in the West become familiar with it. Lacquer was most famously used in the armor worn by eastern and Central Asian warriors, especially the Mongols, Xiongnu and Huns. The finish has a number of advantages, such as being waterproof, extremely tough, and pleasant to look at. Asian lacquer will often be painted with images that may be inlaid with shells or gold dusted.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Gemstone Spotlight Rhodolite

Rhodolite is a garnet gem that may appear in either raspberry or purple red. It is comprised of almandine and pyrope and has been used for millenniums. The pharaohs of Egypt used it for ceremonial and decorative purposes, and it was also prized by the Romans who were fond of garnet rings.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Ed Weiner Silver Tie Bar Review

An exceptional tie bar does more than just keep the tie from getting out of place; it showcases a stylish, sophisticated man who has a profound understanding of fashion. Tie bars have been worn by all the greats, including Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra, and below is a review of the Ed Wiener silver series.

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