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Synthetic Sapphires in Antiques Jewelry by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, August 13th, 2018 at 3:32 pm

In the classic book, Animal Farm author George Orwell makes the statement, “All pigs are equal but some pigs are more equal than others.” The same is true of sapphires. Obviously, some...

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Country of Origin by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, August 6th, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Pricing colored gems can be quite complex. For some gems, the country in which the jewel was mined can be quite important. Reports from gem labs refer to this as “country of origin.” W...

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Coin Silver by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 at 11:06 am

Many people know that the term “coin silver” refers to silver that is 90% pure as opposed to “sterling silver” which is 92.5% pure. So how has “coin” come to mea...

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Imitations by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 11:31 am

As long as mankind has been placing value on certain things, someone has been trying to make imitations of those things. Ancient coins were mimicked more than modern ones are. In the middle ages, f...

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Pre-Moon Speedmaster by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Obviously, some watch brands are more collectible than others.  Even some “sub-brands” have special status, like a Bulova Accutron or Rolex Presidential. But collectors get even m...

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Edwardian Platinum Ring by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 1:55 pm

We recently acquired a ring that is instructive for folks wanting to learn about dating estate jewelry. The ring, pictured below, is from the late Edwardian period. The first thing we see is a lot...

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Posted by Shelley's on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 9:32 am

Most of what we learn about estate jewelry comes from reading or seminars.  But this time we are looking at a jewelry industry magazine from 1937.  The magazine is Jewelers’ Circula...

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Miniature on Ivory by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 9:43 pm

Miniature portraits, from one inch in diameter up to tennis ball size, started getting popular among Europeans in the sixteenth century. If a husband was going traveling, both spouses would keep an...

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Monster Retro Ring by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

The Retro period was brief but quite distinctive.  Roughly speaking, it was the 1940s.  One of the styles that was very popular was what I call MONSTER RETRO RINGS.  These rings had ...

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Celestial Jewelry: A Royal History By Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 9:46 pm

  Who decides what is in style? It is not just the designers. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries English royalty was highly influential in setting fashion standards for Gre...

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Understanding Diamond Clarity

Posted by Shelley's on Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Most people have heard about the four C’s pertaining to diamonds.  One of them stands for clarity.  The clarity of a diamond refers to its freedom from imperfections.  Physical...

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Understanding Fancy Yellow Diamonds

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 4:55 pm

In our estate jewelry collection, we have recently added a pleasing 1.51 ct fancy yellow diamond engagement ring.  It is my philosophy that folks should buy based on beauty, and this ring is d...

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Tax Break Special

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Shelley's Jewelry is giving you a tax break! Come by our store in beautiful Hendersonville, North Carolina, show us this coupon and you will receive $50 off every purchase of $100 or more through A...

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When A 1109 Carat Diamond Is For Sale

Posted by Shelley's on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 12:06 pm

There is nothing unusual about Sotheby’s selling a diamond. What was odd on this day in June of 2016 was that they were unable to get a bid at the minimum price. This was very important becau...

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Our Heritage by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 1:45 pm

The values of a business often come directly from the owner. Or in some cases they come from the founder, as would be the case for us here at Shelley’s Jewelry. Here is a little bit about our...

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A Vintage Jewelry Timeline by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Throughout our site and blog posts you might hear things like Victorian, Edwardian or Art Deco. These titles refer to different time periods, and each period had unique trends or styles when it cam...

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What Makes A Cameo

Posted by Shelley's Jewelry on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Cameos are carvings that have been made into jewelry.  In modern times the material being carved is usually stone or shell, but it can be wood, coral, ivory or a wide variety of organic substa...

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Hamilton Wrist Watches by Stan Shelley

Posted by Shelley's Jewelry on Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 7:21 pm

In the first decade of the twentieth century Hamilton joined other watch firms in making a revolutionary new product, the wristwatch. A few had been made in the nineteenth century for military purp...

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How To Know A Fine Amethyst

Posted by Shelley's Jewelry on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 8:52 am

Amethyst is the birthstone for February but it is one of the most popular gems for all people. It is helpful to know how to distinguish fine amethysts from those that are lower in quality.  ...

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