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Treasure Hunting - Part Two


Treasure hunting begins at home. People regularly find famous old books and valuable antiques in their attics, so get up there and look.

An Easy Way to Understand Your Collectibles


What kind of gifts you often receive? Is it toy dolls, animal figurine, antique, pottery, game, memorabilia or something you consider as a collectables? Well, what ever it is, as long as it pleases you, those entire gifts are full with memory which you then consider as a collectibles. Gifts and collectibles are not contradicting each other; instead they are supplementing each other.

What is a Battle Ready Sword?


You'd think that the term "battle ready sword" would be pretty much self explanatory wouldn't you?Unfortunately, many of the swords being described as "battle ready" are anything but. And to quote Adrian Ko from Sword Forum International, "a lot of these swords I wouldn't want to take into battle even if they were strapped to a M-16.

Amish Quilts - A Dying American Art


Amish quilting has been a tradition for more than a century here in rural Pennsylvania. Amish women create quilts, often in groups called quilting bees.

Civil War Uniforms: 5 Tips on Making Your Trousers Last Forever!


Are your pants wearing out too fast?Does it look like you are expecting a flood because your pants are too short?Make your Civil War Uniform trousers last forever by following these 5 tips!1. Cut your trousers long, so when you first start wearing them you will have to roll them up a few times.

Tips for Flower Arranging at Home


Floral design is an art and for some it comes easy. If you have tried and failed or never tried at all, take heart, all is not lost.

Ideas for Making Gift Baskets


Do you want to give gifts to your friends or family for birthdays, Christmas or some other holiday, but you just don't know what to get them?Just take a decorative basket and you can create a gift basket filled with great items that either your friends or family will love.The items basically you will need to create a gift basket will include:**A decorative basket;**Shrink wrap;**Any color tissue paper;**Different assortment of shredded paper.

Airbrushing Does Not Have to be All Disappointment, Heartache, and Bloody Hard Work!


A smart, but irritating man once told me that Airbrushing did not have to be all blood, sweat and tears. If only I had someone guiding me back in those hard, frustrating and sick in the stomach days of airbrushing, I wouldn't have wasted all that time and money!So here you are.

Are Your Airbrush Products Selling? If So, Here Are 3 Ways To Further Skyrocket Sales!


One of the biggest challenges faced by airbrush artists are proof of what you say is true! The potential customer is going to find it hard to believe you. Whether it is, if you can do the work, whether they think you are charging them too much, or it is simply that you are artistic, potential customers are going to find it hard to trust you.

How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home or Work


It looks like a million dollars but after a couple of months it doesn't have the same 'Sparkle' or look it once had (a bit like me really).So what are we to do?The first thing is to make sure it is SAFE to be cleaned!Naturally, delicate items should be best left to a professional Jeweler to clean.

How to Invest in Antique, Vintage, or Modern Jewelry


As Antique Jewelry is 'Really' based on the 'Collectability' and Style of an item, it is hard for clients to appreciate the 'Craft' involved in Handmade work, as they only see the Gold value or Diamond Value fluctuate over the years.If Gold goes up or the older something gets, the value increases, right?No.

Security Advice for Gold Jewelry, Diamonds, and Gemstones


For you to enjoy your treasures, they need to be somewhere close and accessible, but NOT in the Bedside Jewelry Box.Although we DO advise a Jewelry Box on the Dresser and easily seen, BUT ONE CONTAINING SEVERAL PIECES OF JUNK JEWELRY.

Jewelry and the Art of Selling


Two of the most frequently asked questions we get at the Online Jewelry Appraisal Center is:"How do I sell an item of Antique or Estate Jewelry?" or..

Jewelry Insurance - Hints and Tips So You Dont Get Ripped Off


As crime and drug use increases, the risks involved in having Antique and Estate Jewelry just lying around your home seem to treble. It becomes a nightmare and you find you are just not sure what to do.

Gold Jewelry Hallmarking Secrets Revealed


We should be familiar with the BASIC hallmarks mentioned on the website. It might pay you to read them again, just to bring you up to speed and ensure you have grasped the principles.

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