Lucite was a popular early form of plastic that is still used today. While transparent in its natural state, lucite can be dyed many colors, molded and imbedded, so comes in a wide and sometimes wild variety of colors and looks. It is found transparent to opaque. In vintage times, it was used to make … Continue reading Early Plastics : Identifying Lucite
As precious metals can have high monetary value, this is an area where getting a educated second opinion can be a good idea for a beginner. A jeweler or avid collector can identify and grade the metal for you. However, the avid collector can make a fair judgment about type and quality of previous metal. … Continue reading Identifying Precious Metals: gold, silver and platinum
The following is an identification guide to several standard types of stone used in sculptures, carving, building construction and similar. The types covered are marble, granite, sandstone, limestone, alabaster and soapstone. *** Marble Marble is a high end stone used to make everything from Michelangelo sculptures to mansion steps and walls for mansions. Marble is … Continue reading Identifying Stone in Sculpture and Construction: marble, granite, sandstone, limestone, alabaster and soapstone.