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April Gemstone — The Diamond

April Gemstone — The Diamond

You probably already know of the diamond’s toughness. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond. While it’s become nearly synonymous with wedding engagements, it’s also the perfect stone for individuals who want something that’s […]

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Long Time Traditions Help Brass Armadillo Dealers

Long Time Traditions Help Brass Armadillo Dealers

By Jon DeStefano The nearly 600 Brass Armadillo dealers continue to benefit from two outstanding long time traditions begun many years ago. The First Saturday Breakfast Tradition has continued for many years. On the first Saturday of each month between 8 and 10 a.m., dealers get together for free breadkfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and waffles. It gives them a […]

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Find Friendly Merchants in Florence

By Sandy Dale It has been my privilege to be a self-employed artist most of my life.  For the last two weeks I have been painting a mural with my artist friend Ed Penner at the Pour House in Florence.  Going to paint and hang out on the scaffolding everyday gave me an interesting perspective of the successful life of an owner-operated […]

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Garden History Depicted in Old Seed Catalogs

Garden History Depicted in Old Seed Catalogs

By Anne Gilbert As interest in the environment grows this includes collecting old garden catalogs. Colorful and informative, they give a glimpse into the past of what were the popular foods of the past. The early catalog drawings are considered works of art, also illustrated on seed boxes and tin containers. Pages from 19th century garden catalogs were not only […]

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In Late 19th Century the Exotic Look Was Trendy for Silver, Decorative Accessories, Furniture

In Late 19th Century the Exotic Look Was Trendy for Silver, Decorative Accessories, Furniture

By Anne Gilbert       Let’s say you either discover or buy an object that at first glance looks like it is Islamic, Egyptian or Japanese! All the seller or a family member knows it’s “old.”  It may be made of silver or even a decorative accessory or piece of furniture. Research and history will answer the questions.       Go back to the 19th […]

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