LOST in “S” by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst: A True Collectible

By Brian Shipman Why “S”? Because LOST. JJ Abrams does it again. But this time in book form. When the TV show LOST launched 10 years ago today, an argument erupted in my living room. It went something like this… WIFE: Will you watch this new show with me? It’s called LOST. ME: What’s it about? WIFE: A plane crash’s on […]

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A Jewelry Empire Near Miss: The Story of Marianne Ostier

By Caroline Ervin One of the many perks for working in the jewelry department is that I am fortunate to see many gorgeous pieces from the major names in the industry such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef and Arpels, and others.  However, for every sale, designers come across our desks who are not well-known […]

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How coins are made

Under Pressure: How Coins are Made

By Sarah Miller Beyond simply the level of wear present on a coin’s surface, there are several characteristics of how each piece is produced that influence its overall appearance and even grade. One such factor is weakness of strike. In order to fully impress the design of a coin from its cylindrical metal dies onto the […]

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