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Culture of the supernatural (Part 4)

Pearls for the ages Part 4 of 4 By Ron Dupuis Elizabeth I of England and every other royal house in Europe and Asia had a predilection for pearl adornment. Other Elizabeths that love wearing pearls include Elizabeth Taylor and … Continue reading

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Culture of the supernatural (Part 3)

Pearls for the ages Part 3 of 4 By Ron Dupuis Aragonite is a type of calcium carbonate mineral in crystalline form and is generally white in colour. It forms the basis of conchiolin in the nacre, determining the eventual … Continue reading

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Culture of the supernatural (Part 2)

Pearls for the ages Part 2 of 4 By Ron Dupuis Much lusted-after for millennia, this beloved organic material needed no cutting, faceting, or polishing; apart from possibly a drill hole depending on application, a pearl emerges fully grown from … Continue reading

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Culture of the supernatural (Part 1)

Pearls for the ages Part 1 of 4 By Ron Dupuis Organics are cropping up everywhere—in your local big box supermarket, at the neighbourhood farmer’s market, on the menu of your favourite bistro. For centuries, luxury organics—namely pearls—have been popular … Continue reading

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Silver linings (Part 4)

A metal for all seasons Part 4 of 4 By Ron Dupuis The complexities of the Texan Hunt brothers’ attempts and machinations to control silver prices in the late 1970s and early 1980s confounded some of the best business minds … Continue reading

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Silver linings (Part 3)

A metal for all seasons Part 3 of 4 By Ron Dupuis Doting Aunt Pippa Middleton didn’t just bronze a pair of booties for the christening of her nephew, Prince George. She had a studio cast in solid silver his … Continue reading

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