Get the Shabby Chic Look With These 8 Decor Essentials

Shabby Chic is a decorating style that began in Great Britain. The end goal is to achieve an overall effect of informal elegance in a room. This fun and feminine style became popular in the 1980s and has been gaining strength since. It started as a rejection of expensive quality decor that was fashionable with the upper middle class. Creating this relaxed style in your home can be fun and inexpensive. Everything in a room is recycled, up-cycled, and lived-in. [continue reading..]

How To Invest In Silver and Gold Through Valuable Coins

A good way to invest in gold and silver is to purchase valuable specie. Before you start, you should know how to distinguish between rounds and coins, know the different types of coinage, how to shop for what, and how to avoid being swindled. Rounds and coinage may appear similar, but specie – being collectible – is worth more. Rounds have the company name or logo on them, as well as their weight and purity. Because each mint sizes its [continue reading..]

6 Great Vintage Watch Brands

If you’ve never read O’Henry’s romantic short story “Gift of the Magi,” you should. The tale chronicles newlyweds so poor, each sold their most valuable possession to buy the other a holiday gift: She sells her hair to buy a watch fob. He sells his timepiece to purchase a hair comb. O’Henry’s story exemplifies nostalgia surrounding vintage accessories in the Victorian era; that fascination remains. There’s been a Renaissance of late, so if you’re a fan or hobbyist, this article [continue reading..]

Art Deco Antique Jewelry

The Birth of a New Age In the early 20s, women across the world were already in love with the new styles being produced in the big design houses from Cartier in New York to Van Cleef & Arpel in France. Prospective grooms of privilege bought their fiancés engagement rings and wedding bands crafted of Asscher cut diamonds set among gemstones such as sapphire or emeralds. These rings were usually set in white gold or platinum. In 1925 at the [continue reading..]