Joe Brandt

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April fool

How do we fool thee? (Or maybe it should be, "How could you fool yourself?") Let me count the ways — You could be fooled into complacency, thinking that sinc...

Size matters

Size definitely matters, particularly when it comes to the way a ring should fit your finger. Rings that do not fit properly are trouble waiting to happen, it's...

Earring errors

  At one point or another, most women (and some of the men) in the U.S. wear earrings — although men tend to have only single earrings (either small hoo...

Holiday happiness

If you are thinking about adding jewelry to your shopping list this holiday season, the concept most certainly has my full support, and I have several things th...

Fall color fashions

Actually, I'm not really big on fashions du jour when it comes to fine jewelry; the stuff is far too expensive to allow yourself to be dictated to by transient ...

Opal odyssey

One of the most interesting of all colored gemstones is our birthstone-of-the-month for October: opal. The type most people are familiar with is often imbued wi...
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In-home security

It should be understood that in almost any burglary, time is a crucial factor. The shortest amount of time a thief spends in a house, the less likely he or she ...
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June Q & A

Q: How can I tell if something is really gold? A: You can't— at least not without proper equipment, and a karat stamp is not absolute proof, although if ...
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“Stash,” Part III

OK, once more—with feeling. Readers of this column will know that I've been talking about the need to hide whatever jewelry you are not wearing each day, not on...