Posted on

Treasures in Your Pocket by the American Numismatic Association

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

The American Numismatic Association recently launched an online resource called Treasures in Your Pocket. The guide provides a wonderful overview of coin collection as a hobby and describes how to get started discovering your own rarities.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<style type="text/css">.et_post_meta_wrapper img {max-width: 660px;} .et_post_meta_wrapper {text-align: center;}</style>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

The American Numis-Who?

This organization is one of the foremost leaders in coin collecting and all other things related to currency (with a website called ‘money.org’ it’s pretty clear who’s the expert). From their site:

“The ANA is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA serves the academic community, collectors [sic] and the general public with an interest in numismatics.”

The group has its roots in a simple idea: A man by the name of George F. Heath – a doctor from an obscure Michigan town – found himself wanting to share his hobby with like-minded fellows. In 1888, he produced and distributed a leaflet titled THE NUMISMATIST. The 4 pages of Heath’s ruminations on coins eventually found their way to small groups of collectors in major cities such as Boston, Montreal, and Pittsburgh. Three years later the American Numismatic Association was formed in Chicago.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://shopjewelrymart.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Dr_Heath_Numis_Dec1910C5.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” padding_mobile=”off” disabled=”off” disabled_on=”on|on|” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” parallax_2=”off” parallax_method_2=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on”][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://shopjewelrymart.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/redbook.png” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Becoming A Numismatist

In following Heath’s example it is not difficult to practice numismatism: A healthy amount of enthusiasm and the dedication to learn from other collectors through books, online resources, and clubs are all it takes to start discovering hidden rarities among your spare change. However, it is common for new prospects to become discouraged when they don’t immediately make any exciting finds – they’re called rare for a reason. From the ANA:

“Many treasure hunters say it’s not about having the treasures, it’s about finding them – the thrill of the hunt.”

There are myriad sources for more information with several books and sites recommended in the Treasures in Your Pocket article. The ANA website also has directories of clubs and dealers to help you find contacts in your area, and as always you may browse our selection » of collectible coins.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” padding_mobile=”off” disabled=”off” disabled_on=”off|off|on” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” parallax_2=”off” parallax_method_2=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on”][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Becoming A Numismatist

In following Heath’s example it is not difficult to practice numismatism: A healthy amount of enthusiasm and the dedication to learn from other collectors through books, online resources, and clubs are all it takes to start discovering hidden rarities among your spare change. However, it is common for new prospects to become discouraged when they don’t immediately make any exciting finds – they’re called rare for a reason. From the ANA:

“Many treasure hunters say it’s not about having the treasures, it’s about finding them – the thrill of the hunt.”

There are myriad sources for more information with several books and sites recommended in the Treasures in Your Pocket article. The ANA website also has directories of clubs and dealers to help you find contacts in your area, and as always you may browse our selection of collectible coins.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://shopjewelrymart.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/redbook.png” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”center” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Thanks for reading!

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Posted on

Crafting History: NBA Championship Rings

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

NBA championship rings are a tradition that dates back to the first NBA finals in 1947. Each year sees a bigger and more intricate design that utilizes the most cutting edge jewelry technology. While the luxury and prestige of the rings are impressive it is the symbolism hidden throughout each piece that highlights the expert craftsmanship.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Jostens and the 2011 Dallas Mavericks

Jostens, a manufacturer of memorabilia, has produced dozens of rings for National Basketball Association, Super Bowl, World Series, and Major League Soccer champions. Each year they sketch mock-ups for the final four NBA teams in order to be prepared for the winner. This head start allows them to incorporate details from each team’s history in to the respective designs.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://shopjewelrymart.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2011-dallas-mavericks-championship-ring-no-shadow.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”center” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

[/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Their 2011 championship ring for the Dallas Mavericks required 14 different components – 6 for the logo alone! The design included three ounces of 14 carat gold and 257 diamonds totaling almost 10 carats. 31 of the diamonds circle the logo, representing all of the support the team had throughout the season. The white gold in the logo and the synthetic sapphire beneath reflect the team’s colors. Lastly, on one side are 15 diamonds for the 15 players arranged in to the M logo while the opposite side features the Larry O’Brien trophy.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://youtu.be/V_nWs_5Bhm8″]

[/et_pb_video][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Jason of beverly Hills and the 2015 Golden State Warriors

More recently, luxury jeweler for the stars Jason of Beverly Hills created a masterpiece for the 2015 Golden State Warriors. The design included mostly 14k white gold but the face was cast with something special: 67% pure 16k yellow gold symbolizing the 67 season wins. The 16 postseason wins that earned the championship appear as well: there are 16 princess cut diamonds on one side.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery admin_label=”Gallery” gallery_ids=”9644,9643,9642,9641,9640″ fullwidth=”on” show_title_and_caption=”on” show_pagination=”on” background_layout=”light” auto=”on” auto_speed=”12000″ hover_overlay_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” caption_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

[/et_pb_gallery][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

The diamonds and sapphires total more than 6 carats including one sapphire hidden under the face on the inside surrounded by elements of Oracle Arena’s architecture. This secret reflects the first championship under the current owners. The team’s other championships aren’t forgotten – there are 4 natural diamonds (one for each of the team’s 4 total championships) at the bottom of the face that glow under black light. The 240 total gem count mirrors the 240 wins across all seasons under current ownership at the time the ring was designed. Finally, the historical photo of the team hoisting the trophy is 3D-printed on the side.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://youtu.be/_R4XNFd8p8k”]

[/et_pb_video][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

As the tradition has aged and technology has improved, each team’s journey to success has been recorded in greater and greater detail:

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://shopjewelrymart.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nba-championship-rings-infographic.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]