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Louis Vuitton -wyn? Ja, dit gebeur

Louis Vuitton -wyn? Ja, dit gebeur

Die Franse modehuis brei uit na die Chinese wynkenner -mark

XLV -wyn is nou te koop in Hong Kong en in aanlyn -kleinhandelaars.

Omdat ons dames weet dat niks beter saamgaan as 'n glas wyn en 'n modetydskrif nie, betree Louis Vuitton die wynmark - in China.

Wil China Times berig dat die Louis Vuitton -wyn, XLV, nou te koop is in Hong Kong en in aanlyn -kleinhandelaars. Die wyne van Rhone, Champagne en Bordeaux is vernoem na die familielid van die vyfde generasie, Xavier-Louis Vuitton, maar dit is sy seun, Quentin-Louis Vuitton, wat die wynbedrywighede vir die Franse mode-naam bestuur. (Alhoewel die familie dit duidelik gemaak het dat die mode -handelsmerk van die wyn geskei is, maar ons is seker dit sal die wyn waarskynlik help verkoop.)

Queintin-Louis Vuitton het aan verbruikers by die HKTDC International Wine & Spirits Fair gesê dat hy ''n passie [vir wyn] het wat ek van my pa geërf het', en verskeie reise na Asië onderneem het om die mark te verstaan ​​en vir wyn te smaak. Die wyne begin by $ 47 VS vir 'n bottel en klim opwaarts van $ 300. Ons gedagtes draai reeds met ander modehuis- en wynsamewerkings: Chanel? YSL? Kan ons verwag dat alle Franse mode -reuse by hul wynmaakbure sal ingaan?


Hoe om egte oorspronklike juweliersware te koop


Bo: Vyftig tot tagtig persent van die juweliersware wat bemark word as 'oorspronklik gemaak' is eintlik vervals. Foto's deur Inga Hendrickson.

TONY ERIACHO JR. Het 'n egpaar gereël silwer juweliersware op die tafel van sy goed gemerkte hok.

Hy was besig om 'n noukeurig beplande aanbieding voor te berei, 'n voorlegging wat hy baie keer tevore gehou het. Dit was 2013, die eerste naweek van Maart, en reeds warm in Phoenix, waar die jaarlikse Heard Museum ’s Indian Fair & amp Market goed op dreef was.

Die halssnoere wat Eriacho gereël het, was nie die wat hy of sy vrou, Ola, gemaak het nie, maar vir 'n leek se oë het dit moontlik gelyk of hulle werk lyk. Hulle het ten minste gelyk aan die soort wat afkomstig is van die paartjie se huis se pueblo van Zuni. Die eksemplare was ingelegde halsketting van muurbalblomme, 'n oorspronklike Zuni -ontwerp, met 'n kenmerkende Rainbow Man -hanger, 'n abstrakte figuur wat akrobaties soos 'n reënboog boog.

Sy vraag aan die luisteraars was onverwags, maar eenvoudig: raai watter een is vals? Liz Wallace, van Din é en Nisenan -afkoms, was naby, verkoop haar eie silwer juweliersware en kom kom deelneem. Sy het bo die monsters gestaan ​​en gekyk en die een gekies, met die afleiding dat die ander eg was.

Elke stuk is gestempel met 'n silwer kenmerk. Soveel was duidelik. Maar dit was 'n truukvraag. Albei was vals, het Eriacho verduidelik. Om die punt te demonstreer, trek hy 'n magneet uit. Dit het vasgesteek. Hulle was nie silwer nie. 'N Inheemse juwelier het hulle ook nie gemaak nie. Hy het Wallace gespeel, net soos 'n towenaar of 'n huckster. Maar anders as albei, het hy die doel gehad om die illusie eintlik te onthul, om aan te toon dat die visuele krag van vervalsings enige oog kan mislei.

Wallace het verneem dat Eriacho al lank bekend was met die voorkoms van juweliersware wat as inheemse Amerikaners geadverteer en verkoop word, maar in fabrieke so naby as Gallup en so ver as die Filippyne gemaak is. Hy het die Raad vir Inheemse Kuns en Kultuur in 1998 gestig, voorleggings gehou soos Wallace se getuie was, drievoudige flyers laat vaar en tydens 'n kongresverhoor in 2000 gepraat in 'n poging om die massiewe vloed van juweliersware te stuit wat onder valse aanbiedinge verkoop of verkoop word voorgee.

Eriacho wou nie aandui of die ketting of oorbelle wat 'n verbyganger gedra het, eg is nie. Hy het selfs so ver gegaan om dit komponent vir komponent te kritiseer. Die naaste aan hom beskryf Eriacho, wat in 2016 oorlede is, as 'n eenmansmag wat onvermoeid almal opgevoed het wat bereid was om te luister, en selfs diegene wat nie valse Indiese juweliersware was nie en die verreikende ekonomiese gevolge vir inheemse juweliers regoor die land. staat en die nasie.

Wallace het alreeds voorgestel dat daar 'n valse mark bestaan ​​voordat hy Eriacho ontmoet het. Toe sy in die strate van die sentrum van Santa Fe loop, het sy sekere winkels teëgekom wat juweliersware van oorspronklike aard adverteer en dit agterdogtig massaal verkoop vir onmoontlik lae pryse. Alhoewel daar 'n aantal betroubare handelaars in die stad en elders in New Mexico is, kom angs by die besef dat sy nie met hierdie winkels kon meeding nie. Onbewus van haar, het die valse mark so 'n winsgewende bedryf geword dat dit 'n hele reeks georganiseerde misdaad veroorsaak het. 𠇍it was Tony wat my oë regtig oopgemaak het, ” sê sy.

Bo: Liz Wallace.

Hy ontbloot 'n sombere wêreld waarin die mark vir vervalsing die verkoop van outentieke Native -juweliersware heeltemal verhoog het, wat 'n tektoniese verskuiwing in koopgedrag veroorsaak het, wat so erg was dat die meeste mense wat geld wou spandeer, die veel laer pryse van vervalsings verwag het. Dit het sommige inheemse juweliers gedwing om te produseer teen pryspunte wat slegs 'n fabriek kon bereik, met 'n minimum van 50 sent per uur en ander vervaardigers heeltemal uit die mark gedryf.

Selfs as ek môre wakker word en daar nie meer afslaan nie, sê Wallace, sou hulle nog jare lank die mark oorstroom. ”

Vir al die popkulture wat ons vertel van Rolexes uit Chinatown, afslaan Louis Vuitton -sakke en fabelagtige kelder -Vermeers, is dit baie meer skaars om te hoor van nagemaakte inheemse juweliersware, die voorkoms daarvan en wie die grootste skok van die ekonomiese skok verduur. Daar word beraam dat 'n verbysterende 50 tot 80 persent van alle juweliersware wat in die VSA bemark en verkoop word as “Native in die VSA eintlik vervals is.nie deur 'n inheemse persoon gemaak nie. Wêreldwyd is die getal selfs hoër. Vir inheemse Amerikaners in die VSA, van wie 30 persent onder die armoedegrens leef, kan die nagemaakte mark letterlik kos van mense se tafel afneem, sê Ira Wilson, uitvoerende direkteur van die Southwest Association of Indian Arts, die organisasie in beheer van die jaarlikse Santa Fe Indian Market.

Dit is nie 'n groot, ryk Fortune 500 -onderneming wat bederf word nie, en Wallace sê. Dit is 'n verarmde en gemarginaliseerde inheemse gemeenskappe wat die grootste gevolge ondervind. Dit is die ekonomiese kolonisasie. ”  

'N CHRONOLOGIE
Inheemse versiering is duisende jare oud. Die vervalsing daarvan gaan minstens 'n eeu terug.  

Pre-Colombiaans: Voorvaderlike Puebloans verhandel turkoois met Meso -Amerikaanse stamme. Vroeë Zuni lapidaries gebruik steen-, geweer-, hout- of kaktusrug om turkoois, straal, argilliet en rooi skalie te sny, te vorm, te boor en te poets.

1850's: Atsidii S án í word die eerste Din é silwersmid, wat tegnologieë van Mexikaanse smede aanpas en muntstukke gebruik.

1879: Mynwerkers het Los Cerrillos Mining District in Cerrillos gevind.

1880: Die taklyn Atchison, Topeka en Santa Fe Railway bereik die Santa Fe vanaf Lamy.

1881: H.H. Tammen Company open in Denver, Colorado. 1901: Jake Gold en J.S. Candelario maak 'n gewilde curio -winkel in Santa Fe oop.

1935: Die kongres aanvaar die Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

1960: Die nie-inheemse skrywer Ben Hunt publiseer Indian Silversmithing, 'n volledige boek en gids vir almal wat die skoonheid van Amerikaanse Indiese juweliersware waardeer. ”  

1990: Die kongres wysig die Indian Arts and Crafts Act (Public Law 101-644), wat die wanvoorstelling van Indiese kuns en kunsvlyt wat in die Verenigde State geproduseer word, verbied.  

1998: Tony Eriacho Jr. stig die Raad vir Inheemse Kuns en Kultuur. 2007: Rose Morris is die eerste wat ingevolge die Indian Arts and Crafts Act skuldig bevind is vir die verkoop van ingevoerde matte wat as Navajo bemark word, bedrieglik.

20010-2015: Sterling Islands, 'n Albuquerque -onderneming wat deur Nael Ali besit word, voer 298 versendings juweliersware uit wat in die Filippyne vervaardig is, met 'n totale verklaarde waarde van $ 11,8 miljoen.

2012: Die Amerikaanse vis- en wilddiens ondersoek die Sterling -eilande vir die aankoop en daaropvolgende verkoop van vervalste inheemse Amerikaanse juweliersware.

2017: Ali pleit skuldig daaraan dat hy onregmatige ware by twee winkels in Albuquerque verkoop, aangebied en vertoon het.

2018: Ali word tot ses maande gevangenisstraf gevonnis en moet $ 9 048 terugbetaal word.

WALLACE DRAG OORBARE  deur die Lakota -kunstenaar Charlene Holy Bear en haar eie halssnoer gemaak van natuurlike turkoois. Die juwelier is bekend daarvoor dat sy wesens uit die natuurlike wêreld gegooi het in haar silwer juweliersware en pliek-à-jour stukke — vlinders, seekat, naaldekokers en klein slakke. Die halssnoer verteenwoordig die een keer dat Wallace haar hand probeer het om natuurlike turkoois aan tou te tik.

Wallace het ook een van die mees openbare en vokale advokate geword vir outentieke inheemse juweliersware.

Ongeveer halfpad deur ons gesprek, stop sy om verskoning te vra. “I spring steeds mettertyd rond, ” vertel sy my terwyl sy passievol oor die huidige bedrogspul praat, net om baie dekades terug te draai, in dieselfde asem. Sy is hier om oor presedente te praat, om 'n prentjie van die verlede te skets wat spoedig lyk soos 'n donker spook wat oor die mark van vandag sweef. Dit is moeilik om nie te voel dat dit wat voorheen gebeur het, homself herhaal nie.

Die boeke lê voor ons, tussen bakkies pho en rysnoedels by May Cafe, 'n Viëtnamese restaurant in 'n ou winkelsentrum in Albuquerque se internasionale distrik. Daar is groot groothandelskatalogusse, handleidings en Jonathan Batkin's Die inheemse Amerikaanse Curio -handel in New Mexico, alles deur Wallace in 'n opbergkoffer na ons tafel gebring. My geskiedenisles.

Te midde van die stapel lê 'n versplinterde kopie van die Denver-gebaseerde H.H. Tammen Company ’s Aandenkings en nuwighede, gepubliseer in 1933. Dit is 'n groothandelsbybel, met 'n vaag etniese omslagontwerp, gevul met 150 swart-en-wit bladsye met voorraad: kamme, Lincoln Logs om te bou “settler-hutte, ” en #kinders x2019s katoenparasols. Daar is ook 'n hele gedeelte van Navajo en Chimay ó matte, wat geklassifiseer word as ȁ Sterling silwer totempaal juweliersware, ” en “Indian Design ” alles — gestempel-silwer lepels, gordels, knope, oorbelle , muurbalblom halssnoere, serpspelde en lavalieres (nou meer algemeen bekend as bolo dasse).

'N Verbleikte groen afslagkoepon van 50 persent is op die voorblaaie, gereed om uitgeruk te word.

Hierdie juweliersware is gemaak van silwer, versier met handgemaakte Indiese simbole. Dit is 'n verwarrende mondvol kenmerkende Indiese simbole, maar 'n woordelys met beelde probeer duidelik word. Die 𠇊vany, ” word byvoorbeeld gelys as die ȁGewer van water ” (die korrekte spelling sou Avanyu gewees het). Langs die woorde is 'n dubbelsinnige Puebloan -ontwerp, onder andere. Die gestempel-silwer armbande op die teenoorgestelde bladsy met dieselfde ontwerpe word deur die dosyn verkoop.

Teen die tyd dat H.H. Tammen se katalogusse gewild geword het, was handelaars lankal die makelaar van 'n massiewe kuriose -industrie. Byna 'n halfeeu lank het hulle by H.H. Tammen en ander groothandelaars gekoop. Terselfdertyd het hulle inheemse vervaardigers die opdrag gegee om baalvragte tekstiele met bewerkte gare te vervaardig en dit saam met bewerkte juweliersware vertoon. Hulle het mans van Pueblo en Navajo gehuur om in kuriowinkels te werk om juweliersware op die perseel te vervaardig. Hulle het ook afsprake gemaak uit nie-inheemse bronne. In 'n geval het 'n handelaar met gevangenes in 'n gevangenis in Ca ñon City, Colorado, onderhandel om silwer in Navajo-styl vir Santa Fe-winkels te vervaardig.

Bo:   'n Verskeidenheid turkoois juweliersware.

Omdat die vraag na Indiese kuns en kunsvlyt net toeneem met 'n aanbod, het 'n skitterende reeks voorwerpe ontstaan ​​en 'n paar werklik handgemaakte en outentieke, ander in opdrag van die honderde, gebaseer op handelaars se ontwerpe. Ander het meer onderduimse oorsprong. Hier kan egtheid opgevoer word. Juweliersware is geoksideer vir veroudering, simbole saamgevoeg, verhale oordryf en oorspronklik gemaak, gemeng met fabriek vervaardig.

“ Inheemse juweliersontwerpe is nog altyd as open source behandel, sê Wallace en wys op die swak pogings tot inheemse komposisies wat in die katalogus vermeerder. Sy sê hierdie era was die voorspel tot ons huidige krisis in 'n spiraalvorming. Hier het sommige Amerikaners inheemse juweliersware met aandenkings begin gelykstel, selfs al het die vervaardiging van juweliersware 'n groot deel van die ekonomieë in Pueblo en Navajo geword.

Die katalogus wat ek deurblaai, is so oud dat dit papierbont afval, soos Wallace dit stel, klein stukkies puin wat op ons tafel lê. Die voorblad is egter nog helder, met 'n voorblad met 'n twyfelagtige inheemse beeldjie wat teen 'n okeragtergrond dryf, geflankeer deur rooi en swart strale. Vanuit sy hoofkwartier in Denver op die hoek van die 17de en Larimerstraat, het H.H. Tammen begin in 1881 suksesvol kuriose in die suidweste behandel, slegs 'n jaar nadat die Atchison, Topeka & amp; Santa Fe Railway begin het om vragte nuuskierige toeriste na New Mexico te lok.

Diegene wat op soek is na Indiese ware, kan 'n skat met 'n kulturele cachet koop in een van verskeie winkels in Santa Fe en langs die ATSF -lyn. Daardie juweliersware word nou in die algemeen gekenmerk as 𠇏red Harvey juweliersware, ” na die entrepreneur wat hotelle en nuuskierige winkels by treinstasies gestig het.

Teen die laat 1920's en tot in die dertigerjare was die mark so deurmekaar en so oorheers deur handelaars se grille dat die sekretaris van die binneland Hubert Work 'n verslag geskryf het waarin aangedui word dat Indiese handwerk gestandaardiseer moet word en dat hulle egtheid gewaarborg word. ” Dit was die eerste stap in die rigting van die oprigting van die Indian Arts and Crafts Act in 1935, om die ekonomiese welsyn en#x201D van inheemse mense te bevorder. Onder leiding van John Collier en Rene d ’Harnoncourt het die Indian Arts and Crafts Board 'n ander doel gehad: om die bona fide inheemse voorwerpe te onderskei van die valse, om die mark te herstel ten gunste van individuele inheemse vervaardigers wat, soos die meeste Amerikaners, was destyds besig om die gevolge van die Groot Depressie te verduur.

IN 1990 is die kongres gewysig die Indian Arts and Crafts Act tot 'n waarheid-in-advertensie-wet. Dit was dieselfde jaar wat hulle die Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act goedgekeur het. Albei was belangrike stukke federale wetgewing wat daarop gemik was om inheemse mense in die verlede, hede en toekoms 'n mate van vergoeding te gee na golwe van poging tot kulturele uitwissing.

Volgens die wet is dit 'n federale oortreding ('n vierde-graadse oortreding) vir enige persoon om 'n juweliersware (of ander kunswerk) as 'n oorspronklike vervaardiging as dit nie is nie, te dek, en dek enigiets wat na 1935 vervaardig is.

Baie kunstenaars sal sê dat hulle Indiese kuns maak, en dat hulle daarvan hou & quot; cote-unquote ‘, cowboy-kuns, en#x2019 ”, sê Roy Montibon. Hy is mede-stigter van Montibon Provenance International, wat tegnologie teen valsheid ontwikkel om 'n voorwerp onuitwisbaar te kenmerk. Montibon, gevestig in Las Vegas, New Mexico, wil inheemse kunstenaars en ander beskerm teen uitbuiting. Of die kunstenaar 'n cowboy is of nie, is irrelevant. Maar as u 'n skildery of iets anders noem: Indiese kuns as dit nie deur 'n inheemse persoon gemaak word nie, is dit 'n oortreding van die federale wet. dat 'n Rainbow Man -muurbalbloesemhanger Indies is, as dit nie die geval is nie.

Maar nasionale en internasionale vervalste bedrywe groei net. In byna drie dekades is slegs tien mense skuldig bevind, drie van diegene in New Mexico, volgens die Indian Arts and Crafts Board, wat klagtes van moontlike oortredings ontvang en skerm en dit vir verdere ondersoek na ander wetstoepassingsorganisasies verwys. Die rede hiervoor is dat daar 'n oortuigende hoeveelheid bewyse van bedrog moet wees, en dat dit 'n sekere geldbedrag oorskry het. Almal kan 'n klagte indien, en hulle kan dit anoniem doen, maar die mannekrag kom van die vennootorganisasies wat op federale of staatsvlak werk. Die mees diepgaande ondersoeke het byna 15 jaar geneem om vrugte af te werp.

Bo:  Ira Wilson.

Eriacho het nie lank genoeg gelewe om die uitspraak te sien in een van die hoogste profiele in die geskiedenis van vervalste inheemse juweliersware nie, minstens een dekade lank. 'N Jarelange handelaar met valse inheemse juweliersware, Nael Ali, is aangekla, en later skuldig bevind, vir bedrog wat hy op twee plekke in Albuquerque verkoop het, op 'n bedrieglike wyse verkoop, aanbied en vertoon het. Sy vonnis sluit in 'n boete en ses maande tronkstraf. Die angel, genaamd Operation Al Zuni, wat ook aanklagte teen sy middelman, Mohammed Manasra, insluit, is deur die Amerikaanse Fish and Wildlife Service uitgevoer.

Meer onlangs is Robert Haacke aangekla vir die vervalsing van die ontwerpe van die bekende Hopi -juwelier Charles Loloma uit sy huis in Los Angeles. Robert Rhodes, die man van die niggie van Loloma, Verma Nequatewa, sê dat hy en sy vrou 'n paar jaar gelede 'n aantal stukke opgemerk het wat deur Loloma op eBay bemark is. Gebaseer op Nequatewa se ervaring met die werk met Loloma in die ateljee, pas dié op eBay en pas by, x201D, sê hy. Hulle het die subtiliteit van Charles ’ se werk nie vasgevang nie, selfs al is die kenmerk van Loloma daarop gestempel. Maar sodra hierdie vervalsings uit die weg geruim het, het kopers ontevrede geraak, en Rhodes sê dat die Loloma -mark met 30 tot 40 persent vererger het. ”

Oor die jare beraam hy dat $ 2 miljoen se valse Lolomas, wat deur Haacke en ander uitgekryt is, aanlyn versprei is, waar verkopers verhale sou vervaardig oor hoe hulle Loloma ‘ in hul ouma se kelder gevind het, ’ x201D Rhodes sê. 𠇍it gebeur gewoonlik nie. Maar dit gebeur baie op eBay. U besef dat iemand van u en u gesin steel en 'n vorm van uitbuiting wat hy beskryf as 'n stal van diefstal. ”

Volgens Wilson, wat in die Ali -verhoor getuig het, het hy gesien dat valses die mark binnekom binne maande nadat 'n inheemse vervaardiger 'n nuwe ontwerp gemaak het. In baksteen-en-mortierwinkels het handelaars so ver gegaan as om 'n paar outentieke stukke te besprinkel tussen die vervalsings — ȁ Koning inheemse ontwerper in 'n see van nie-inheemse werk, ” soos Wilson dit beskryf, waar agter Daar kan 300 of 400 armbande wees wat presies dieselfde lyk. ”

Markte verander in vorm wanneer hulle outentieke oorspronklike juweliersware gebruik. Hulle verander die “onsumer -konsep, ”, sê Janie Reano. Daar is trots op die feit dat ons afkomstig is van generasies juweliers, dat ons juweliersware van hoë gehalte maak, en sy vertel van haar familie Santo Domingo Pueblo en die vervaardigers van die x2019. Ons het in die sewentiger- en tagtigerjare baie heishi -halssnoere gemaak, maar sodra die mark oorval was, was daar niemand wat die prys vir 'n regte een wou betaal nie. ”

Tot op daardie stadium, sê sy, wou die meeste verbruikers regte dinge en was hulle bereid om die prys te betaal, maar toe die valshede kom, het ons opgehou om dit te maak. ”

SIT IN 'N DONKER HOEK VAN MEI CAFE, Wallace maak 'n vinnige analogie. As 'n Navajo -persoon na Chinatown sou gaan om 'n Rolex vir $ 20 te koop, omdat hulle dink dit is 'n werklikheid, sou mense hulle mal noem. '' Ek hou stil, lag net 'n bietjie en stem saam. Dit sou belaglik wees. Tog is daar iets oor verbruikerskultuur in die algemeen en die onderwaardeering van inheemse mense spesifiek, wat die analogie so skerp maak. Volgens haar kom talle kopers na New Mexico en verwag 'n silwer stuk van kwaliteit met natuurlike turkoois vir dieselfde prys. Hulle moet hul verwagtinge aanpas. ”

Soveel veranderlikes gaan in pryse. Is die klip natuurlik of nabootsing turkoois? Is dit gemaak van sterling silwer of 'n ander metaal? Watter ander klippe bestaan ​​die stuk uit? Is dit handgemaak of handgemaak? En hoeveel ure het die juwelier daarin gesit om dit te maak? Inheemse juweliersware, sê Montibon, het 'n ander, meer numineuse kwaliteit. Dit is 'n kulturele voorwerp wat diep geskiedenis kan weerspieël. Dit is nie net 'n aandenking of snuistery nie, en hy sê. Dit moet as erfenis en met gravitas behandel word. ”

Bo: ਊ turkoois manchet.

Die valse mark beweer egter dat u dit kan koop eg genoeg waarborg vir 'n vierde tot 'n tiende van die koste. Daardie stukke, soos dié wat Ali in die Filippyne gemaak het (waarvan die plakkers uit die land verwyder is) of die wat lank gelede deur H.H. Tammen verkoop is, kan in veelvoude gekoop word, wat inheemse juweliers dwing om op dieselfde mark mee te ding. As verbruikers 'n prys sien wat die tyd en kundigheid van 'n inheemse persoon tereg weerspieël, ervaar hulle dikwels plakkerskok, sê Wilson.

Wallace het dit met haar werk sien gebeur. As ek 'n natuurlike turkoois skoenlapperhanger gemaak het, kos dit gewoonlik $ 1,500, sê sy, maar die afslae uit die Filippyne is $ 100. Sommige mense vra haar om so laag te onderhandel. Dit is soos om te onderhandel met 'n bekende skilder om 'n meesterstuk vir die prys van 'n gicl ພ aan u te verkoop, of as u aanvaar dat u vintage wyn kan kry vir die koste van Two-Buck Chuck.

Vir baie stamme word juweliersware egter baie waardeer. Dit beskerm en versier. Dit word deur die geslagte oorgedra. Dit vertel stories. Selfs terwyl sy skape oppas, sê Wallace, het 'n vrou uit Navajo haar altyd gedra. ”

WEES EG
1. Doen jou navorsing. Begin aanlyn, prys juweliersware en ken u begroting. Dink diep na oor wat u sal geniet en beskou dit as 'n belegging. Soos Ken Williams, die bestuurder van die Case Trading Post by die Wheelwright Museum, in Santa Fe, sê: 'Daar is iets vir almal en elke begroting. Maar koop altyd die beste wat u kan bekostig. ” Die punt, sê hy, “is om selfversekerd te voel oor u aankoop. ”

2. Leer die verskil tussen handgemaak en handgemaak. Ira Wilson, uitvoerende direkteur van die Southwest Association of Indian Arts, sê handgemaakte beteken om van die grond af te ontwerp en te bou, die lapidêre werk te doen, die silwer te teken en 'n stuk heeltemal met die hand te bou. ” Handgemaakte beteken dat elemente gekoop by 'n juwelierswarewinkel (sny stene en draaddraad) en maak die stuk bymekaar. Hy sê albei is aanvaarbare vorme van juweliersware, maar die verskil sal die pryspunt beïnvloed.

3. Oorweeg om direk by 'n kunstenaar te koop by die Heard Museum ’s Indiese mark en beurs , in Phoenix, die eerste naweek van Maart die Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Seremonial, 2 Augustus � die Gallup Native Arts Market, 10 Augustus � We Are the Seeds Santa Fe 2019, 'n mark van inheemse verkopers, in die Santa Fe Railyard, 15 Augustus � en SWAIA se Indiese mark , op die Santa Fe Plaza, 17 Augustus �.

4. As u nie direk by 'n kunstenaar koop nie, koop dan by 'n gevestigde handelaar wie doen. Vra altyd 'n kwitansie of 'n egtheidsertifikaat, wat die naam van die kunstenaar en stamverband, kleinhandelprys (vir versekering) en 'n beskrywing van die stuk insluit. Laat die hoofkoper dit teken. As dit 'n antiek is, vra om herkoms. Die Indiese kuns en kunsvlytraad definieer “Indian ” en “Indian artisan. ” Hulle bied 'n aanlyn gids van erkende stamme aan, asook inligting oor die Indian Arts and Crafts Act aan inheemse Amerikaanse kunstenaars, kulturele instellings en kopers.

5. Wees nuuskierig. Weens die toename in namaaksels, stel die bedrogdetektor Roy Montibon voor om so ver te gaan as om te vra of die handelaar by wie u koop, 'n federale ondersoek is na bedrog.

6. Volg kunstenaars op Instagram of Facebook. Liz Wallace plaas gereeld ontwerpidees en die stappe wat by haar proses betrokke is, net om die hoeveelheid werk wat in elke stuk werk, aan te toon.

7. As u regtig smag na u hart se begeerte, maar dit buite u prysklas is, vra die kunstenaar of hulle saam met u werk wegbly beplan. Of koop u begroting en werk tot duurder stukke.

8. Die kwaliteit van 'n vervalsing kan baie laag of baie hoog wees (en soms duur), maar selfs as dit goed gemaak is, maak dit nie outentieke juweliersware nie. Dit is net 'n goeie vervalsing. As u vermoed dat u 'n vervalsing gekoop het, skakel 1-888-Artfake, die Hotline van die Indian Arts and Crafts Board ’s.

DIE TURQUOISE DILEMMA
Turkoois is 'n edelsteen waarvan die digtheid afhang van die hoeveelheid koper en aluminium in die struktuur. Sonder die minerale is dit kalk en wit. Vir Din é mense herinner turkoois lug en water. Vir ander het dit sinoniem geword met die Suidwes. Soveel daarvan is al so lank verkoop dat dit moeilik is om sonder juweliersware aan oorspronklike juweliersware te dink. Tog is baie myne afgespeel en gesluit, terwyl ander lande, waaronder China en Japan, die Amerikaanse mark in die hoek gebring het.

As gevolg van die wêreldwye verskuiwing kan natuurlike turkoois uit baie begrotings van die oorspronklike juweliersware wees, en in sekere gevalle meer as $ 800 per karaat kos. Maar, soos in die mark vir diamante, kan sekere kopers net so tevrede wees met kubieke sirkonium. Op dieselfde manier vorm gestabiliseerde, verbeterde, gekleurde en geblokkeerde turkoois nou 'n spektrum behandelde turkoois alternatiewe vir natuurlike turkoois. En as 'n inheemse juwelier dit as krale of andersins gebruik, is die gevolglike handgemaakte (nie handgemaakte) produk steeds oorspronklike juweliersware wat die oorspronklike vervaardigers bevoordeel.

Solank jy weet wat jy kry en hoeveel dit werd is, sê Joe Dan Lowry, van die Turquoise Museum, in Albuquerque, en dit kan alles as kuns beskou word. ” . En as u natuurlike turkoois wil koop, sal die prys weerspieël wat myne vandaan kom, kleur en duidelikheid, matriks en hoeveelheid karaat. Soos altyd, ontvang 'n kwitansie met u stuk.

Kom meer te wete by die Turkoois museumDie nuutste ligging: die kasteelstyl herehuis van wyle Gertrude Zachary, 'n jarelange juwelier van Albuquerque. Die sentrum van die stad âteau het 8 000 vierkante voet turkoois, gereedskap vir die beste opvoeding wat u sal kry. Boonop is dit versier met 'n kandelaar met 21 500 stukke natuurlike turkoois.


Sewe dinge wat ons geleer het uit Rihanna se eksklusiewe onderhoud met T Magazine

Terwyl die popmagnaat haar luukse mode -reeks vir die eerste keer bespreek en onthul, is hier die wegneemetes.

Vroeër hierdie maand het die Franse modekonglomeraat LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, na maande se bespiegelings, aangekondig dat hy sy vennootskap met die popster Robyn Rihanna Fenty (31), buite die skoonheidsbedryf, sal uitbrei deur 'n modelyn genaamd Fenty te begin. Dit is die eerste groot mode -handelsmerk wat LVMH van nuuts af in sy geskiedenis geskep het, en dit verteenwoordig nog 'n historiese verskuiwing: Rihanna is nou die eerste swart vrou aan die stuur van een van die luukse huise in Parys, wat lank vereer is om die hoogste vlak te handhaaf (in terme van van vakmanskap, estetika en, ja, koste - alhoewel meer hieroor later) van klere en bykomstighede.

Vandag, in 'n uitgebreide digitale voorbladverhaal wat deur T: The New York Times Style Magazine gepubliseer is, bespreek Rihanna vir die eerste keer haar nuwe onderneming, verduidelik die ontstaan ​​daarvan en onthul die lyn deur dit te modelleer in foto's wat vir T in 'n huis naby Londen. In die onderhoud, gevoer deur die dramaturg Jeremy O. Harris, gaan sy diep oor haar lewe, haar musiek en haar besighede. Hier is die sewe dinge wat u eers moet weet.

1. Rihanna het 'n visie om die modebedryf te verander.

Wanneer Fenty.com op 29 Mei regstreeks verskyn, sal dit een van die weinige luukse handelsmerke wees wat hulself ten volle verbind tot aanlynverkope: daar is geen planne vir aanloopbaanvertonings, vlagskipboetieks of verkope van derdepartye deur afdelingswinkels nie. Nuwe klere sal eerder elke maand op die webwerf “val”, soortgelyk aan die model wat die straatklere -handelsmerk Supreme vooropgestel het. Pryse, wat begin by ongeveer $ 200 vir 'n T-hemp en styg tot ongeveer $ 1,500 vir buiteklere, is laer as die meeste ander luukse handelsmerke in Parys, en groottes-wat tot 'n Franse 46 ('n Amerikaanse 14) styg, word in 'n ietwat aangebied weier verskydenheid. 'Dit is 'n nuwe manier om dinge te doen, want ek glo dat dit uiteindelik is waar mode gaan,' sê Rihanna, wat hierdie strategie en die versameling klere, skoene en juweliersware gebaseer het op hoe sy self wil inkopies doen en aantrek:

'Jy dra wat goed op jou lyk en dit is dit. Ek is nou dik en krom, en as ek dan nie my eie goed kan dra nie, bedoel ek, dit sal nie werk nie, reg? "

2. Rihanna het binnekort nuwe musiek.

In 'n rat-a-tat-gesprek met Harris wat die gerugte rondom haar komende album aanspreek, die eerste sedert sy "Anti" vrygelaat het in 2016, bevestig die sangeres die volgende feite: Sy maak 'n reggae-album, dit kom onmiddellik , maar sy weet nog nie die presiese datum nie, en sy is beslis bereid om saam met Lady Gaga te werk, wat haar onlangs op Instagram gevolg het. Wat die naam van haar negende album betref? Hier is haar reaksie:

'Tot dusver was dit net R9, danksy die vloot,' het sy gesê en verwys na die term vir haar bemanning. 'Ek sal dit waarskynlik so noem, omdat hulle my met hierdie' R9, R9, agtervolg het, wanneer kom R9 uit? 'Hoe kan ek 'n ander naam aanvaar nadat dit in my skedel ingebrand is?'

3.. Maar moenie verwag dat Drake op haar volgende album verskyn nie.

Die twee musikante, wat na verneem word verbind is deur 'n romantiese verlede, het gereeld op mekaar se albums verskyn en onvergeetlike treffers opgelewer, soos in 2010 se "What's My Name?" 2011 se "Pas op" en "Werk" in 2016.

Maar toe sy gevra is of sy weer met hom sou saamwerk, was sy beslis: 'Nie gou nie, ek sien dit nie gebeur nie. Dit is beslis nie op hierdie album nie. ”

[Binnekort: die T List -nuusbrief, 'n weeklikse opsomming van wat die redakteurs van T Magazine opmerk en begeer. Teken hier in.]

4. Dit is alles werk en geen spel vir Rihanna deesdae nie.

Alhoewel sommige van die onuitwisbare memes van Rihanna aanlyn haar partytjie op 'n seiljag hou of met 'n wynglas uit 'n restaurant stap, dring sy aan dat sy nie meer tyd daarvoor het nie. Boonop kuier sy eerder saam met haar kollegas:

'Die party, glo dit of nie, is aan die werk. Ek gaan nie uit nie. I will go to a dinner. I try to have as much fun as I can during work. And even after work, when I’m literally in my kitchen having a drink, I invite all my staff. And we work, steeds.”

5. Next up in Rihanna’s empire: hair products?

When Rihanna launched her Fenty beauty line in September 2017, she released 40 shades of foundation, from the darkest to the lightest skin tones, reflecting her upbringing in Barbados. “Growing up, I wanted to be darker, always,” she said in T’s interview. In its first year, Fenty Beauty surpassed $500 million in revenue the company has since added 10 new shades of foundation and plans to add more in the future. But that’s not the only way Rihanna wants to increase her beauty offerings:

“As soon as I’m ready to give up the two hours of sleep that I get now,” she said. “That’s for hair.”

6. Rihanna: the movie star — well, eventually.

Barbra Streisand. Cher. Lady Gaga. Though there’s a long lineage of singers who crossed over into Hollywood — and though Rihanna has had parts in a few movies, including 2006’s “Bring It On: All or Nothing,” 2012’s “Battleship” and 2018’s “Ocean’s 8” — she doesn’t quite think she’s ready to return to the big screen, not that she hasn’t been given the opportunity:

“I’ll probably try a little more, but not until I know I can handle a lead and carry a movie on my own, because I’ve been offered,” she said. “I’m always like, ‘Guys, thank you for trusting me, but Angelina Jolie is over there.’”

7. Even Rihanna feels like an outsider sometimes.

Few celebrities wield as much power and influence as Rihanna — that’s one of the main reasons that LVMH is collaborating with her on the fashion line — but when discussing the racist, classist and sexist behavior that often permeates the industries in which she works, the artist admitted that being Rihanna doesn’t necessarily safeguard her from being mistreated:

“It’s never alleviated, you know? You’re going to be black wherever you go. And I don’t know if it’s unfortunate or fortunate, because I love being black. So, sorry for those who don’t like it — that’s the first thing you see before you even hear my voice. There are also other factors: I’m young. I’m new to the family. I’m a woman. Those factors doen come into play, but I will nie apologize for them, and I will nie back down from being a woman, from being black, from having an opinion. I’m running a company and that’s exactly what I came here to do. I don’t know if it makes people uncomfortable or not, but that’s not even my business, you know? Ek doen know that the reason I’m here is not omdat I’m black. It’s because of what I have to offer. That’s what they’re invested in. And the fact that I’m black is just that: a fact.”


Recipe: Charlotte aux Fraises aux Biscuits Roses de Reims

Or, a Strawberry Charlotte with Roses de Reims cookies!

24 Biscuits Roses of Reims

1 sachet of vanilla sugar (if not available, double the amount of vanilla extract)

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract)

  • Mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Add vanilla extract then let cool. Lightly dip the cookies on the unsweetened side in the syrup, garnish the turn and bottom of a charlotte mold of 18 cm in diameter.
  • Place the liquid cream in a whipped cream with the vanilla sugar, then gently incorporate the fromage blanc.
  • Pour half of the cream into the mold, sprinkle with strawberries, then grind over about 4 pink syrup-soaked cookies. Cover with cream and strawberries. Smooth and let sit at least 12 hours.
  • Decorate the charlotte with strawberries.

Serve with a semi-sweet Champagne and enjoy!

Alternatively, you can buy the biscuits from Maison Fossier, manufacturers of the pastry since 1691!


Wait Until You See Why This Is the World's Most Famous Closet

You know you have an over-the-top closet when you can (and have!) thrown parties in it. And that's precisely the case in this home, which is located in Spring, Texas &mdash hey, they doen say everything is bigger there. It's a whopping 3,000-square-feet and three-stories tall. Jip. That's why there's a spiral staircase smack dab in the middle and part of the reason it was featured on Good Morning America.

But why does anyone need so much closet space? According to the homeowner, Theresa Roemer, it's to hold over 30 years of collections. She even showcases some of her prized possessions like artwork in a museum along the top of her shelves, including her first Louis Vuitton bag and a signed pair of Christian Louboutin heels. But the most impressive feature in the entire closet has to be the . wait for it . champagne bar. Lovely, right?

Even though it's Roemer's dream closet, her and her husband have decided to downsize from their 17,315-square-foot home. That means someone else will get to nab it &mdash and it's eccentric closet &mdash at an auction on July 30. But prepare yourself: The starting price is $5 million.


Sour Beer And Beyond At Goed Zuur In Denver

On an overcast Saturday afternoon in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver, people packed out Goed Zuur in celebration of the sour beer taproom’s one-year anniversary. The occasion not only marked a successful calendar year of serving beers, bread, butter, cheese, and charcuterie, but the fact that among all the concepts and pairings of food and beverage out there, there’s still only one Goed Zuur.

While being a sour taproom draws the headlines and brings customers in from all over the world—people occasionally show up with suitcases in hand, fresh off a plane—Goed Zuur’s ability to seamlessly mesh high-end customer service and an extensive and impressive menu together is really what makes the place worth going back to again and again.

Goed Zuur manages to cleanly walk the tightrope that is providing a quality experience to people less adventurous while leaving educated drinkers feeling taken care of as well. It’s the product of experts being given the creative freedom to put together a menu while wanting to educate customers on the Goed Zuur experience.

“It’s been tough because nobody’s made a template for this before. If I was going to open another cafe or pizza place I could go to 100 other places doing the exact same thing,” says co-owner and head chef Anthony Lopiccolo. “For us, we needed to figure out how to trickle somewhere between a wine bar, which sometimes can get too pretentious, and a beer bar, which I don’t want my place to smell like urine.

“I was looking for something aesthetically pleasing, but at the same time really made you feel like you were having a special night without having to drop that special night kind of money.”

The “special night” quality Lopiccolo refers to for customers is unique in that it offers people an opportunity to hear an expert dish on an unusual menu item they might never hear about from anywhere else while paying as little as three bucks for a beer and $10 for a cheese board. It offers one of the great low-cost high-reward nights out in town. Selection aside, hearing a server, a co-owner, or a server rave about a food and beverage pairing and offer a peek into the story behind something like the Jester King Spon Methode Gueuze (a terrific, natural wine-obsessed brewery outside Austin) or an upcoming vegan salami option is unlike what customers might find at another taproom. The content itself can be a little tedious to the unenthused, but the joys of watching a person gush about their passions is translatable for anyone.

Powered by Lopiccolo’s extensive experience as a chef, co-owner John Fayman’s exquisite taste in sours, and cheesemonger Rachel Smith’s expertise, along with a team of servers and individuals intent on delivering an experience that goes beyond dropping off food and drink to each table, Goed Zuur’s presence could be the start of a larger trend toward more niche that only caters to a few and less toward the common brewery trying to cater to all.

Styled somewhere between Viking hall, industrial warehouse, and traditional taproom, the interior setup of Goed Zuur features a tower of taps with a wraparound bar, warm glowing lights hanging down, long family-style seating by large windows, individual tables for more intimate nights, and the best seat in the house: the chef’s table.

While sitting at the chef’s table, customers can expect a show. Various meats being sliced with precision, dishes being delicately prepared on an island in the kitchen, fresh bread being pulled out of the oven, and usually a friendly face willing to chat. It’s not reinventing the wheel, but it’s a peek into the whirring parts of the machine that can get overlooked.

With almost no recipes in the kitchen, Goed Zuur’s offerings are tied more to moments of inspiration than what perhaps most customers are accustomed to. This can often lead to menu pairings changing throughout the week and even throughout the day, but it gives customers as many ways to taste a cheese or charcuterie board as they can stomach. Lopiccolo is not shy about his confidence in the taproom or in his staff, but it is not a self-assurance that is unwarranted. He is aware that what they’re doing scratches an itch that a common sour beer or cheese board cannot reach, and being the first sour beer taproom comes with the responsibility of showing customers there is more to the place than just the beer.

“There’s people that slice meat better than us and there’s people that cut cheese better than us, but I feel that the way we present it to customers is very unique,” says Lopiccolo. “That’s our big thing: the time we put in outside of here talking to creameries and talking to different reps. We’re getting real in-depth knowledge about all of these creameries and charcuterie houses.

“Every time we drop a board, we don’t just go ‘here’s your gouda, here’s your blue.’ We give you very intricate details about each one. it’s not just about the flavor profile.”

With natural wine in the works, Goed Zuur has an opportunity to be a hot spot for even more drinkers in the area, in a city whose natural wine scene in only just emerging. It is true that not everyone will have their comfort food and beverage at Goed Zuur, but upon giving the menu a chance, some people might even conclude that natural wine and sours are closer to kissing cousins than given credit for.

This is part of the point of the taproom: sours can be currant or grape-heavy, they can taste and look like a cider, or they can be easy to sip on during the warm summer months, and it’s fun to explore the variations. Some good things are happening at Goed Zuur, and it’s probably some combination of the beer, the menu, the atmosphere and the staff. It’s a sour beer taproom, but give it a chance to decant a little, and it becomes so much more.

Ben Wiese is a freelance journalist based in Denver. This is Ben Wiese's first feature for Sprudge Wine.


Laura Brown Shows Us How to Have Fun with Fashion

Whether she's posing with an A-lister perched on her lap (check out her hashtag, #onLaurasLap, to see what we mean) or collapsing with excitement over meeting Gloria Steinem, this outspoken Aussie and editor of In styl magazine (a Meredith sister publication) is 100 percent herself: whip-smart, glamorous, and refreshingly goofy for a high priestess of fashion. Consider her work uniform: "A well-priced jumpsuit. I enjoy looking like I can fix a car," she says. Throw in some leopard print and flowy dresses, and you've captured her freewheeling nature. (But no skirts, please: "I'm a skirt failure.")

It's no surprise that Brown's style mantra is to "underthink it. Also my life mantra, actually," she says. When the high-profile editor does need to dress up, her favorite designers for fancy clothes are Valentino and Chanel. "For everyday, I like Étoile Isabel Marant, Ganni, and Dôen," she says. Her interior choices are just as varied and fun as her wardrobe: "My style at home is rococo, midcentury, and marsupial&mdashI have gold koala figurines."

Brown also revels in rich storytelling&mdash"having a mad idea, shooting it, doing an interview, and putting it out in the world"&mdashwhether it's a celebrity profile, a fashion feature, or the Badass Women series, a tribute to female powerhouses. "You can spend all day shaking your fist at what's happening, or you can read about a rad lady and what she stands for," says Brown, whose other mega-phone is Instagram, where she charms her nearly 300,000 followers daily. "It's the magazine of your life," she says. We'll subscribe to that.


55 Things in Your Attic That May Be Worth a Lot of Money

Don't throw away those boxes! You might be sitting on a gold mine.

We get it&mdashyou're stuck at home with baie of extra time on your hands. You've looked up how to clean blinds and how to paint a room&mdashand then actually did the work! You've even resorted to Googling "What to do when you're bored." So now it's time to consider tackling the long-neglected task of cleaning out the attic or storage room. We all have that stash of boxes, you know the "priceless family heirlooms" that Grandma gave you ages ago. They're those boxes that haven't unpacked in several moves and too many years to count. While there is nothing more satisfying than dropping a pile of forgotten goods at the donation center (you know what they say about one man's trash. ), it might be worth taking a gander through your hoards of stuff to make sure you're not sitting on a treasure trove. Through the years, items can appreciate in value more than you think. So before you toss or donate anything, take a look at this list of 55 items that are worth a lot of money today and may just be hiding in plain sight in your storage. Wie weet? Even those garage sale items you bought for a dollar could be worth a fortune now!

Equestrian and hunting paintings reached mainstream popularity in 19th-century England, but horses and their riders have added proper flair to gallery walls for hundreds of years. From formal jockey portraits to action-filled depictions of traditional fox-hunting excursions, the category is popular for casual horse lovers and experts alike. Large oil paintings with original ornate frames garner much higher values, while smaller examples in simpler, more primitive frames bring less.

What it's worth: $200 to $10,000

Video game consoles from the 1980s are nabbing big dollars, especially when they&rsquore unused and/or a rare edition. The Nintendo PlayStation prototype shown here sold at auction in March 2020 for a whopping $360K. Individual video games&mdashwhile available at every price point&mdashcan bring more than $20,000.

What it's worth: $20 to $360,000

Julia Child is one of America's favorite chefs, and her first cookbook swept the nation when it was published in 1961. If you've hung onto an original copy, you may be in the market for more than just a satisfied appetite&mdasha first edition in good condition with the original jacket is rare and earns top dollar on Ebay and other online auctions sites.

What it's worth: $2,000 and up

August 2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment&rsquos ratification, which means &ldquovotes for women&rdquo collectibles are back in the spotlight. Items like those shown here that date directly to the movement&rsquos most active years (1890&ndash1917) are considered museum-worthy with values in the thousands later pieces, such as buttons and pins, are more affordable. Find an extensive index of artifacts at womansuffragememorabilia.com.

What it's worth: $50 to priceless

Post WWII, Americans were in a celebratory mood, and at-home entertaining (especially cocktail parties) was all the rage. Important to the affair was the offering of the appropriate graphic and colorful barware&mdashwith just the right dose of gold glitz&mdashby well-known glassware companies such as Libbey, Federal Glass, Hazel-Atlas, and Culver. As the craze for retro cocktails has grown, so has love for the accompanying accoutrements. But you don&rsquot have to wait for a party to enjoy them. These modern pieces make a fun addition to your everyday table.

What it's worth: $15 to $1,500

Lately, Country Living's style editors have been coveting monochromatic vintage coverlets like the pretty pieced quilt shown here. Their back-to-basics patterns (typically a single color mixed with white) were popular in the 1930s and &rsquo40s and are reminiscent of early quilters&rsquo designs, when color and fabric options were limited.

What it's worth: $150 to $450

When it comes to the nostalgia factor, nothing tops an original concert poster, and the bigger the name (read, the Beatles!), the better. Appraiser Helaine Fendelman advises that framed posters are more desirable and bring in the higher end of the $100-$1,000 range, although those of bigger headliners may bring much more at auction&mdasha poster for a 1966 Shea Stadium Beatles concert sold for $137,000 earlier this year.

What it's worth: up to $25,000

When young lithographer Milton Bradley founded his Springfield, Massachusetts-based printing business, an English board game he'd been introduced to by a friend was very much on his mind. He decided to launch a U.S. version of the game, The Checkered Game of Life, in 1860. The risk paid off in a big way, and so began his company's new direction and the eventual introduction of more than 1,000 games. Some were based on traditional card and parlor games, some gave a nod to cultural themes (money during the Depression, patriotism during war times), while others banked on characters from pop culture (think Superman or Charlie's Angels). When it comes to resale, sealed, unopened boxes often double the value, but the retro nostalgia of childhood family nights equals dollars for most titles.

What it's worth: $10 to $800

These gilt-framed bull's eye mirrors are often capped with an eagle, which was a popular patriotic motif of our then-newly independent country. It's also thought that the 13 balls around the edge symbolize the 13 original colonies. Mirrors of the actual Federal period date to 1780&ndash1830 and fetch top dollar, while nice 19th- or early-20th-century &ldquoin the style of&rdquo examples sell for much less.

What it's worth: $100 to $10,000

Small wall and desk clocks in the Art Deco style reached peak popularity in the 1930s and &rsquo40s. Their shapes and materials reflected the opulence of the era&mdashthink mirrored faces, gold accents, and geometric designs that mimicked the skyscrapers popping up in major cities at the time. Many clocks can be found for under $50, but higher value models by esteemed makers like Westclox and Telechron can reach nearly $1,000 in value. (Tip: they&rsquore super easy to spot. The maker name is usually shown on the clockface itself.)

What it's worth: $25 to $1,000

Still holding on to your old lunch box? Boxes featuring Roy Rogers, The Beatles, The Jetsons, and even Rambo can score a lot of cash.

What it's worth: Up to $3,100

Duck decoys became highly collectable in the mid-20th century and prices have never been higher for pristine items. If you've inherited one, you could earn up to hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction. Read further for more specifics on what makes for a valuable decoy.

What it's worth: Up to $650,000

If you've hung onto this popular 1967 record from The Beatles, you could be in luck. Copies of the album have brought up to $290,500 at auction, although most sell for a couple hundred dollars.

What it's worth: Up to $290,500

When pegging the value of baseball cards, the general rule is that the older they are, the more they are worth. There are a lot of nuances that determine a card's worth though, so if you've come across a hoard of old cards, it's worth getting them appraised. Based on variables like condition, player, and year, a card can be sold online for thousands of dollars.

What it's worth: Up to $3.2 million

These mini vases measure just four inches tall but pack a decorative punch. Made by Morton Pottery, they&rsquore just one example of the earthy swirled pottery popularized by Midwestern and Ozark-area makers like Niloak and Nemadji in the 1920s and &rsquo30s. Often sold as roadside souvenirs, these colorful vessels are widely known as &ldquotourist pottery.&rdquo Larger vases (12-plus inches tall) with maker&rsquos marks can be worth upward of $300.

What it's worth: $15 to $350

The plush collectable toys that were popular in the 1990s have massive resale value on sites like Ebay, especially if the tag is still attached and the item is in mint condition. While many are only worth a few dollars, some of the limited edition toys have sold for up to half a million dollars online. For example, one of the original Beanie Babies&mdasha lobster named Pinchers&mdashsells for $35,000.

What it's worth: Up to $500,000

Founded in 1919 as a subsidiary of General Electric, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was a pioneer in the radio industry. In 1929, RCA purchased the Victor Talking Machine Company (known for the Victrola phonograph), creating RCA Victor and launching their presence into consumer radios. The company followed its original Radiola line with Art Deco-style console and wooden radios that dominated the marketplace in the '30s and '40s. Plastic was all the craze post-WWII, and RCA answered with sleek, colorful tube radios make of Bakelite and, later, other nonresin plastics, like this trio pictured.

What it's worth: up to $4,000

Yep, that record player is worth something too! "This RCA Victor Slide-O-Matic record player is somewhat rare," says eBay's Jim Griffith. "This particular model dates back to the 1950s and made listening to a stack of 45s&mdashthe only kind of record it plays&mdashpretty labor intensive," he says. "Records are inserted one at a time, so you basically listen to a single song before it's time to insert the next one." This model is less sought after than portable versions or a later version that combined the record player and an AM radio in single device.

What it's worth: up to $800

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a pair of Super Bowl tickets back in the day, you could earn a big payout from holding onto them. Most of these paper tickets have a blue or yellow stripe on the top which, according to Sports Collectors Daily, sell for between $200 to $1,000. If you held onto tickets with white stripes on top, you could make up to $4,000. Of course, it depends on the popularity of the game, as well. Super Bowl II and Super Bowl XII tickets are particularly rare.

What it's worth: Up to $4,000

Vintage clothing and accessories, such as scarves, handbags, and belts, can bring prices in the thousands, and even the tens of thousands if they bear a designer name such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton or Chanel. (A limited edition Hermes Birkin bag sold for $125,000!) Less-famous name-brand items can be snagged at more affordable prices. &ldquoThe key is condition,&rdquo says appraiser Bene Raia. &ldquoLook through all the layers of the fabric to make sure there are no moth holes or damage. Then find a great dry cleaner.&rdquo


In Season: Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettle: the name might lead you to believe that this plant is (1) dangerous to touch and (2) a weed. En jy sou reg wees. But despite its name and repellent nature, stinging nettles are also edible and delicious and becoming increasingly popular among foraging chefs, thanks to its abundance in the wild. Now in season, nettles could be the perfect addition to your Spring kitchen endeavors. Want to learn more about this prickly plant? Just read on.

  • The stinging nettle is abundant in North America, Europe, and Asia but can also be found in parts of Africa with moist soil.
  • The plant gets its name from the tiny, prickly hairs on the leaves and stems that detach from the plant when it's touched and inject a painful chemical concoction.
  • Stinging nettles have a long medicinal history with uses ranging from arthritis to rheumatism relief to dandruff prevention.
  • Met 'n flavor likened by some to spinach or broccoli, nettle has become a popular Spring vegetable. Fresh and dried leaves can be steeped in tea that supposedly fights off seasonal allergy symptoms.
  • Look for stinging nettle at your local farmers market. Many home chefs forage for the weed, but it's important to pick the leaves before the plant begins to flower. Eating mature stinging nettle can cause urinary tract irritation and damage.
  • The plant is rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium and high in protein for a leafy green vegetable.
  • The stinging hairs on the plant can be removed by soaking the leaves in water, drying, or cooking.

If you manage to track down a bag of stinging nettles, get ready for a treat! Here are a few of the many uses for this culinary weed:


Inside a Star-Studded Dinner Party with Haim

Dusk tints the tips of the palm trees purple and the lights of downtown Los Angeles begin to glitter in the distance, Jon Shook toon Danielle Haim how to choke up on the punch ladle for a maximally generous pour. Her sister Alana stands ready to float a few drops of Peychaud’s bitters into the glasses, while nearby at the stove, Vinny Dotolo vertel Este Haim why it’s better to sear the Halloumi cheese before scattering on the thyme leaves and chile shards. (Spices can burn and go bitter.)

The occasion is a New Year’s Eve dinner at Danielle’s new home overlooking Silver Lake. It’s close to the hipster heartland at Sunset Junction but invested with the lush, jungly magic of the hills.

Ariel Rechtshaid and Danielle Haim sip Spiced Rum Punch with Citrus and Luxardo .

Shook, for one, isn’t the type to wax nostalgic. “I live in the future,” says the chef, who, along with Dotolo, owns several of L.A.’s most admired restaurants, including Animal and Son of a Gun. (Add Ludo Lefebvre to the mix and you have the trois mecs behind Trois Mec , still one of the most sweated reservations in town.) “But New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year when I allow myself to get a little reflective,” he adds, “to say, ‘Wow, I did that.’”

The two certainly have a lot to be proud of this year. BA Hot 10 winner Petit Trois , a jewel box of a bistro whose cult omelet is rivaled only by its cult burger, and the rollicking Italian-American restaurant and pizzeria Jon & Vinny’s joined their empire. Meanwhile, their friends Este, Danielle, and Alana have something to celebrate too: Their rock band, Haim , scored a nomination for Best New Artist at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, and they’re fresh off opening for new bestie Taylor Swift on her 1989 World Tour.

Though Shook and Dotolo certainly know their way around a lobster tail and a lobe of foie gras, they’re passing by the more predictable holiday foods for tonight’s menu. When Haim told the guys that they’re on a bit of a lamb kick, the duo conjured a cuisine that Shook calls L.A. farmers’ market Middle Eastern. It’s a riff on the Mediterranean dishes the Haim (two syllables: HI-em) sisters grew up making in the San Fernando Valley, and it comes together with a twentysomething’s kitchen in mind. “We cook in people’s homes all the time,” Dotolo says, downplaying the fact that they’re also Hollywood’s most sought-after caterers, “so we get that most people don’t have a circulator and a food mill.”

The meal was also engineered toward maximal cavorting. The chefs shopped and prepped a couple of days ahead. Salads were assembled that morning, and the dinner’s centerpiece, a leg of lamb that puts a Levantine twist on the classic seven-hour French party dish, has been chilling out (and staying warm) in the oven. “You’re not physically cooking when the party’s happening, so you can actually party,” Shook explains, making a reality out of the impossible dream.

The garden gradually fills with a black-clad legion of friends weaving through the overgrown agaves: guys doing mods-versus-rockers with significant hairdos and a sequin or two women whose frayed layers seem to have something to say about Stevie Nicks , with whom Haim has performed. It’s a music-y crowd: Grammy-winning Beyoncé producer Ariel Rechtshaid , Asa Taccone from Electric Guest , the Swedish producer Ludwig Göransson , Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend alongside actress Rashida Jones .

But tonight’s soundtrack is retro. The punch, made by Shook and Dotolo’s beverage guru, Helen Johanneson (her new wine store, Helen’s, is in the back of Jon & Vinny’s), has an unlocking effect. By the time the platters have traveled the table, “La Isla Bonita” can scarcely be heard over the din of chatter. Come midnight, the candles have melted into baroque puddles, and as Alana stands under the pergola spraying Champagne in frothy jets, Abba’s “The Winner Takes It All” becomes the first song of the new year.