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    The Steps of Cleaning Gold

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Gold may be endlessly durable, but contact with skin, soap, and even air can cause the precious metal to lose its gleam over time. If your gold is not looking quite as nice as it did when you first brought it home from the gold dealer, watch this video clip for tips on reviving its luster.

    The cleaning process discussed in this video clip involves common household items that you probably already have lying around the house, and it takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes to complete. Warm water, a soft-bristled toothbrush, a lint-free cloth, and a splash of dishwashing liquid are all you need to make your gold shine again.

    Are you a resident of Gaithersburg, Arlington, or elsewhere in the greater Washington, D.C. area who is looking to sell recently cleaned gold coins or jewelry? If so, call Coins of the Realm at (301) 637-4390 to work with an honest gold dealer who will work to give you the most money for your gold.

    A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Stamp Collection

    Last updated 11 days ago

    An age-old pastime for Gaithersburg hobbyists, maintaining a stamp collection can be exciting and rewarding. If you know that you want to collect stamps but are not sure where to start, follow the steps outlined below.

    Invest in the Right Equipment
    In order to tell real stamps from look-alike stamps and take great care of your collection, you should have a few tools on hand. Perforation gauges and watermark detectors can help you avoid purchasing counterfeit stamps. Steel tongs will help you with handling when soaking stamps. You will also want stamp albums and, if your collection garners enough value, a safe.

    Know What to Collect
    From collector series domestic stamps to vintage international airmail stickers, there is a wide range of stamps you can choose to collect. You do not necessarily have to pick just one type of stamp, but honing in on those that interest you or are of great value may make searching for stamps and organizing your stamp collection easier to manage.

    Join a Collectors’ Club
    A great way to start a stamp collection is to visit a reputable dealer for your first stack or two. To expand your access to stamps of all varieties and keep up with how the value of various stamps changes over time, subscribe to a stamp collection magazine or join a stamp collectors’ club.

    Care about the Condition
    If you want your stamp collection to have great monetary value, the condition of the stamps you collect cannot be overemphasized. Only purchase stamps that are crisp, centered, and otherwise in excellent condition, unless you see a stamp you love and do not intend to sell at any point in the future. To keep “superb” condition stamps in excellent condition, take care when handling your stamp collection.

    If you have money budgeted for getting your stamp collection off the ground, visit Coins of the Realm to purchase an impressive first batch of stamps for your collection. A reputable gold and coin dealer, we have an excellent selection of superb-condition stamps for you to choose from. To learn more about the stamps in our inventory or our gold and coin dealing services, call (301) 637-4390 or visit our stamp store in Gaithersburg. 

    Getting to Know the Jewelry Division at Coins of the Realm

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Since 1974, Coins at the Realm has built a reputation buying and selling gold, silver, rare coins, and other valuable collector items. We also have a thriving jewelry division, Anthony’s Jewelers, that buys and sells only the finest jewelry featuring diamonds, pearls, gemstones, silver, and jewelry.

    With an ever-changing inventory of platinum and diamond jewelry, Anthony’s Jewelers is a great place to look for special occasion gifts and collection jewelry. We also appraise gemstones and other valuable jewels.

    Are you looking for the perfect engagement or wedding ring? Or perhaps you have a sparkling pearl necklace that has been passed down for generations but you would like to exchange for cash? Either way, Anthony’s Jewelers at Coins of the Realm can help you out. To speak with an experienced and knowledgeable jeweler in Gaithersburg today, call us at (301) 637-4390.

    Tips for Storing and Preserving Your Valuable Paper Items

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Family records, valuable autographs, and other precious paper items can rot over time, and their ink can fade if they are not stored properly. If you have valuable paper items that you would like to keep intact for the long haul, ensure that these paper preservation conditions are met wherever you store or display them:

    Clean, Comfortable Environment
    As far as temperature and humidity are considered, the best environment for storing valuable papers is one that you yourself may consider ideal. A consistent temperature between 60 and 70 degrees and a humidity index between 40 and 50 percent keeps papers from showing their age as time passes. It can protect them from mold and moisture damage, as well as prevent them from drying out. The air where you store your papers should also be clean, dust-free, and well circulated.

    Limited Exposure to Light
    Valuable papers are best stored in darker rooms, without windows and lights. If you wish to display your valuable papers in a frame on the wall or in your display case, ensure that they are in a place that receives no direct sunlight and refrain from using fluorescent lighting in the room.

    Physical Protection
    Another factor to consider when preserving your valuable paper items is protection from theft, fire, and water damage. A waterproof safe with a high fire rating is one way to go about meeting these criteria. Whatever type of storage case you decide on, ensure that it is clean and free of dust. And as far as handling goes, always clean, rinse, and dry your hands before handling valuable paper goods. If you have them, wear gloves as well. This will prevent you from smudging the papers with oil.

    If you do not have storage or display space for your valuable paper items that meets these conditions, you can keep them in a bank safety deposit box. For access to an extensive and ever-changing selection of autographs, signed photos, and valuable historic documents from which you can pick and choose what to add to your collection, call Coins of the Realm at (301) 637-4390. We also have one of the largest coin collection in Gaithersburg for all of the coin collectors out there. 

    Steps for Determining Whether a Diamond is Real

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Diamonds captivate hearts and dazzle minds in a way few rocks can. These impressive features give diamonds their worth, which gives con artists motivation to pawn off fake diamonds to unsuspecting consumers.

    For tips on discerning whether or not a diamond you own or wish to buy is genuine, check out this brief video clip. In this video, you will learn several different tests that can be used to reveal fake diamonds. These include weighing the rock, attempting to fog it up like a mirror, and checking for transparency by trying to read a newspaper through a diamond.

    The surest way to tell whether a diamond is real or fake is to visit an authorized gemstone dealer who can spots fakes among real rocks with ease. If you live in the Gaithersburg area and are looking for a reputable coin and gemstone dealer from whom you can buy or to whom you can sell a real diamond, visit Coins of the Realm or call us at (301) 637-4390.

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