Collecting

The Splendor of Diamonds

By: Allison Ryan | Apr 3, 2009 The Diamonds in the Smithsonian's Exhibit The Smithsonian's Splendor of Diamonds was a display of seven of the rarest diamonds in the world. The diamonds ranged in size from 5.11 carats to 203.04 carats. The exhibit ran from June 27, 2003 to September 15, 2003. The seven diamonds displayed were the Allnatt, the Millennium Star, the Ocean Dream, the Moussaieff Red, the Heart of Eternity, the Steinmetz Pink, and the Pumpkin Diamond. The Allnatt is a cushion-cut, Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond, as rated by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA.) It is currently owned by the SIBA Corpora.

The Many Stories of the Spoonmaker's Diamond

By: Allison Ryan | Apr 3, 2009 The Spoonmaker's Diamond, also known as the Kasikci, is the most valued exhibit of the Topkapi Palace Museum. The Topkapi Palace Museum is one of the most famous treasuries in the word. Inside of its walls are ancient maces, daggers, pendants, book covers, chests, rings, and various other ancient artifacts, studded, encrusted, and artfully decorated with beautiful stones. The Spoonmaker's Diamond rests prized among these. This 86 carat (17 g) non conflict diamond is cut in a pear shape and surrounded by a cluster of forty nine smaller, brilliant-cut diamonds. It has been compared to the c.

The Thrills of Rare Coin Collecting

By: Borge Nielsen | Apr 3, 2009 “In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.” Alan Greenspan, 1966. One of the things every investor quickly discovers is that there are no sure deals or “can’t lose” investments in this wild and wooly world. There is always risk in the marketplace. Always. The key to success is to weigh the pros and cons of every investment, and determine the prospects of success. For those who are beginners to the world of coin collecting, if you’ve already amassed a decent collection of coins, the first thing that would probably enter you.

The Origin of Jewelry

By: Allison Ryan | Apr 3, 2009 Jewelry is typically made from gemstones (diamonds and rubies) or precious metals (gold and silver), but really it can be made of any kind of material at all such as ceramic beads and cloth, even bits of animal remains. The oldest known pieces of jewelry are 100,000 year old beads made from shells. Other pieces of jewelry from ancient times were made from bone, animal teeth, wood, and carved stone. It can have several functions; it can be used to hold hair or a garment together (although buttons are NOT considered to be jewelry), it could be a simple body adornment, or it can be a way fo.

Books of great value to compliment the book Coin Collecting Starts Here

By: Borge Nielsen | Apr 3, 2009 First, I would like to introduce my own book "Coin Collecting Starts Here". It is certainly the cheapest (and I truly believe, most valuable) coin collecting book available! I hope you will take the time to see the describtion of it at the end of this article. Collecting coins is an interesting, truly educational and profitable hobby. Collecting may at times, provide a special comfort to the individual collector, as they are able to gather a collection of familiar objects, as well as build a repository of valuable assets. Successful coin collectors take a lot of time to learn everything t.

Why Diamonds Are So Special

By: Allison Ryan | Apr 3, 2009 There is much more to a diamond than just a pretty and expensive rock used to make pretty and expensive jewelry. They are made out of carbon; in fact they are the second most stable form of carbon, after graphite. Diamonds are ideal for jewelry because they are difficult to scratch; they are the hardest naturally occurring mineral known to man. A diamond can only be created when carbon molecules are put under high pressure in a high temperature area (although the temperature is comparatively cool, considering where the location is). There are only two places on the entire Earth that meet .

A Brief History Of Coins

By: Borge Nielsen | Mar 30, 2009 One of the most popular hobbies today is coin collecting. Anyone can start collecting coins anytime and any day. You may begin by collecting the coins you have in your piggy bank, or in your pocket. Coin collecting starts to get more interesting, and sometimes more costly, when a collector is willing to cough up a considerable amount of cash for a particular coin, like a vintage or turn-of-the-century variant. Many veteran coin collectors buy expensive coins to shore up the value of their repository. Today, millions of people all over the world are fascinated about the art of coin collect.
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