Will Cheap Plating Liquids Make It Harder to Recognize Gold and Silver Items?

Will Cheap Plating Liquids Make It Harder to Recognize Gold and Silver Items?

In years past, it was relatively difficult to plate a bright, shiny new layer of gold or silver onto other items. To do it, you had to either immerse the items to be plated in a plating tank or, in some cases, use an electrified plating brush to apply a thin new layer of gold or silver.

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Be on the Alert for Strange Objects Made from Precious Metals

Be on the Alert for Strange Objects Made from Precious Metals

Over the years, people have made all kinds of common-looking objects out of gold, platinum and silver. If you’re not alert, you could pass them by when you search for precious metal items in antique stores, estate sales, and even online auctions

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A Guide to Investing in Liquor Flasks

A Guide to Investing in Liquor Flasks

If you’ve spent any time poking around antique stores, estate sales, or online, you already know that liquor flasks are not hard to find. That must be because in years past, many “gentlemen” and “gentlewomen” carried them on their persons, along with pocket watches, pocket knives, silver toothpicks, combs and other accessories that have gone out of vogue today.

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Make Money Investing in Silver Shot Glasses and Barware

Make Money Investing in Silver Shot Glasses and Barware

Why would anyone invest in a set of sterling silver or silver-plated shot glasses, in a silver cocktail shaker, or in sterling swizzle sticks? It seems a little crazy. Silver tarnishes after all, and keeping it shining bright is a time-consuming chore. Why not just buy items made of glass or stainless steel and skip the tubs of silver polish?

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What You Need to Know about Making Money in Fabrics Woven with Silver and Gold

What You Need to Know about Making Money in Fabrics Woven with Silver and Gold

...Most of the garments date from the Chinese Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), which was established by none other than the Mongolian conqueror Kublai Khan. That’s a long time ago, but isn’t it still possible to find antique items of clothing that are woven with gold – or maybe with silver or other precious metals? Here’s some information you should know when you go looking for precious metals in antique clothing. 

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Adding Value to Your Silver: What You Need to Know about Niello

Adding Value to Your Silver: What You Need to Know about Niello

You have probably seen niello without knowing what it was. It looks like black enamel that has been painted into the indentations around geometric patterns on the surface of decorative silver belt buckles, goblets, candlesticks and other objects. But niello isn’t paint. It is actually a compound made of silver, sulphur and other chemicals.

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