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STRANGE AND OUTRAGEOUS JEWELRY

Throughout the course of history, both men and women have used jewelry to compliment and complete outfits, as well as accentuate or draw attention to particular areas of the body. Most are conventional, such as buying the classic diamond studs or pearl necklace along with the ruby or sapphire pendant set in gold or silver…

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ANGEL DESIGNS AND BELLEVUE RARE COINS PRESENT THE 12TH RING COLLECTION AIDING SEATTLE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

  Bellevue Rare Coins and Angel Designs have teamed up with 106.1 KISS for Bender’s One Big KISS fundraiser to aide Seattle Children’s Hospital in their fight to help children in need. Angel Designs and Bellevue Rare Coins knew they wanted to make a donation that would have a significant impact in any way possible…

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THE PERFECT FLAW

  Unfortunately, not everything in life is perfect; the same is true for striking coins. Throughout history, there have been mishaps with the machinery, test runs that did not go anywhere near as planned and even intentional hiccups orchestrated by Mint employees. How and why have certain, imperfect pieces throughout history been deemed worthy of…

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REAL de OCHO

Back in June of 2015, Eric Schmitt and his family made an unthinkable discovery of over $1.5 million in coins and various artifacts later determined to be those of a sunken Spanish fleet. Heading to Spain from Havana, Cuba, the fleet compiled of 11 ships were caught and eventually succumbed to a hurricane. Each ship…

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TRINKETS OF DEATH: CURSES AND LEGENDS OF JEWELS AND HEIRLOOMS

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  Silverware, estate jewelry and fine china and vases are some of the most common items to be passed down through generations. Though beautiful pieces, their seedy history is not always known at first. Some owners are quick to find out, but only when it is too late. In the spirit of Halloween and all…

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TOP 5 GOLD PRODUCING COUNTRIES

  For centuries, gold has been an ongoing commodity sought after by both the rich and poor. Throughout history the metal has been synonymous with power, wealth, beauty and accomplishment, a constant leader in the precious metals industry that has set the bar for the investment purposes, and a contributing factor to a country’s economy….

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BRILLIANCE THROUGH ADVERSITY

Through the intensity of heat and the seasonal flash floods in the Outback of Australia, life is taken and reborn in magnificent ways. One stone that has the ability to capture the changing times of a seemingly helpless scenario in a breathtaking manner is the opal.   Housing the blues of sapphire, reds of ruby,…

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TO BULLION OR NOT

What is bullion? Who determines the worth of bullion? What is the difference between bars and coins? Are bullion coins or numismatic (collectible) coins valued at a higher rate? For many, these are questions without simple answers. Bellevue Rare Coins has decided to tackle these and provide simplified answers for those interested.   Let us…

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ART NOUVEAU vs. ART DECO: A Dipping of the Toes for the Jewelry Novice

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  Countless are the times that we go out seeking a new piece to add to our collection of jewelry. While some may be more than comfortable navigating their way through the process of searching for and purchasing that fabulous new item, others would say that “intimidating” is an understatement. In an effort to help…

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OVERNIGHT TRILLIONAIRES

Home of Victoria Falls, rhinos, hippos and exotic birds, the landlocked, war torn, former Rhodesia, has undergone numerous changes throughout the years. Notably in the last 3 decades we have seen their currency go through not only basic inflation, but also a full collapse with hyperinflation. Resulting in the abandonment of the official currency and…

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COLD AS ICE, MORE BRILLIANT THAN FIRE

  Concealed in darkness for a fraction of the year, quite possibly the most dangerous terrain and bearer of the most vicious elements, Antarctica has long been the viewed as a land unknown. Explorers have been seeking understanding and knowledge well before Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen either died trying to stake claim or…

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LOST IN TRANQUILITY

    The sapphire has long been a beloved and sought after stone. It’s notorious for its brilliant blue hue and being a closer runner up, with regard to hardness, to the diamond. Sitting pretty at a durable 9 on the Mohs scale, this vivacious gem is easily cared for and provides the wearer peace…

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ROUGH CUTS AND HORSEBITS

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The fashion world has a variety of varying aspects including jewelry. From the high-end sporting rare diamonds, rubies, etc. down to the cheap imitations made of plastic, women and men alike love to adorn themselves in an eye-catching trend setting piece. The most common and popular is the costume jewelry but designers in recent years have…

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Why the 2014 Proof Sets Are Hot

Proof sets—in particular this one—are a must-have for any serious coin collector. Last month the US Mint released the official 2014 proof set. And despite the release of popular coins like the Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative and the Golden Eagle, it’s very likely that this year’s proof set will be 2014’s top-selling coin product….

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The Top Questions Our Gold and Silver Buyers Are Asked

At Bellevue Rare Coins, we deal in rare coins and bullion, but we also buy gold, silver, jewelry and antiques. Every day, people come in with questions about how the process works and how to turn their valuables into cold, hard cash. We’ve put together a list of answers to some of the questions we’re…

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