Year: 2021

The History of Mantel Clocks and How to Identify a Real Antique Piece

Blog | June 8th, 2021

Many mantel clocks are collector’s items today, and many antique models still operate smoothly and keep excellent time. American-made mantel clocks date back to the 1600s. The majority of the original clock designs, however, were tall, stately grandfather clocks.  In the early 1800s, Eli Terry, a clockmaker in Connecticut, started mass-producing mantel clocks, which increased their popularity. Mantel clocks that were made before 1820 generally had wooden clock movements.  In the early 1840s, brass movements had nearly replaced the wood […]

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Diamond Clarity vs. Carat: What is the Difference and How Should You Choose?

Blog | May 26th, 2021

When shopping for the ideal diamond, many people wonder whether to favour superior diamond clarity or carats. It is often tempting to choose a larger diamond with more carat weight rather than a smaller one with superb clarity, cut and colour. It is good to remember, however, that although larger stones are more noticeable, their imperfections are also more visible. These flaws may include less than symmetrical cuts, natural stone flaws or tints in yellowish tones. Particularly in diamonds with […]

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Most Common Reasons Why Your Wristwatch Stopped Working

Blog | May 12th, 2021

If you own a fine quality wristwatch, it can be quite disconcerting if it suddenly slows down or stops working altogether. If your timepiece is older, it may need some maintenance or repairs due to its age. The mechanism lubricants inside your watch may be too dry or certain parts may be worn from use.  However, the reason that your watch is keeping poor time or has stopped functioning may be one of several very common issues.  Typical Reasons Why […]

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How to Assess the Value of Your Vintage Jewellery

Blog | April 29th, 2021

If you have some pieces of older jewellery, but you are not sure whether these items are true vintage designs or how to determine their value, there are ways to resolve these issues. First, try to remember where or how you obtained this jewellery.  If you bought these items in the last few years from a large retailer, they are probably not vintage. Yet if you found them at a flea market or an estate sale, these pieces most likely […]

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How to Take Good Care of Your Silver Jewellery

Blog | April 13th, 2021

Silver is beautiful and versatile, and it is used to make myriad types and styles of bracelets, necklaces, rings, tie clasps, cufflinks and other items. Silver pendants are a favourite type of necklace among many young people along with matching earrings.  Whether you favour classic styles in traditional jewellery, contemporary casual-chic designs, Art Deco designs or bohemian handcrafted items, silver is always in vogue.  How to Clean and Care for Your Silver Jewellery The best methods for cleaning and caring […]

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