Vintage vs. Antique vs. Estate: What You Need to Know

A reputable jewelry expert will be able to differentiate between antique and vintage jewelry. It’s important to understand the period or classification of your pieces, so if you wish to sell them, you know what you’re talking about.

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Antique jewelry is more than 100 years old. It can include all periods before the Edwardian period (1901-1920).

The above example, a silver and pink topaz ribbon pin, is antique because it’s circa 1880. This was purchased it in our New York office.

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 For a piece to be considered vintage it only needs to be iconic of its time period, which includes Art Deco (1920-1935) and Retro (1935-1950).

The cuff above is from the Retro period (Circa 1940) and exhibits all the flourishes of the era. Crafted from citrine, rubies and diamonds, the strong dimensional curling ribbons embellish the bold citrine and speak to the sentiment of the time.

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Estate is a term used to describe pre-owned jewelry, sometimes part of an estate of a person who has passed. It can be either antique or vintage, like the bracelet above.

We purchased this Cartier Art Deco diamond and emerald bracelet (Circa 1930) from a client looking to sell her family’s estate.

At CIRCA we know and purchase all kinds of pre-owned luxury jewelry, both signed and unsigned. If you have any vintage, antique or estate jewelry you no longer wear consider selling it to CIRCA for immediate payment, and enjoy a professional, private and discreet experience.

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Original Miami Antique Show 2017

The biggest change this year: the new location–the Miami-Dade County Expo Center where the fair happens every year

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Left: I always flock to Lucy Verity for her jewel box of treasures–both her original antique displays and wealth of knowledge, paired with her hilarious demeanor always gives me good energy. Right: The back of a pocket watch that I wish I would’ve bought!

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Left: Spiders creep me out, but this necklace is on a different level! I LOVE it! Right: A box of chocolates has nothing on this box of Jogani jewels!

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Stopped by DK Bressler to “oooh & awe” and this made my heart beat faster! A very early piece with original fitted box.

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These case photos give me life and make me excited for next year!

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Left: We felt amethyst was a huge sensation at the antique show–this relatively inexpensive stone will be trending for sure. Right: Rows of mourning rings from Spare Room Antiques are always so interesting and never macabre.

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Left: I couldn’t tell you how many amazing pieces Mary Anntiques had, so if I had to narrow it down to only two, it would be this carved emerald cameo and lapis ring. Right: I zoomed in on a ring I had been trying to track down for forever–but the booth was busy and I was leaving!

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Insane diamonds found at Dover Jewelry–the one on my pointer is nearly 20 carats! This will probably be on a celebrity’s finger in the future…just wonder which one?!

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Left: Died for opals at the show–especially this brooch from Gold Hatpin. Right: Ah, this ring. Fit like a glove and is probably the best thing I’ve ever seen. From Select Antique Jewelry.

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My Personal Collection Up For Auction via EBTH.com

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Hey Everyone! Just wanted to let you all know something pretty exciting–I took nearly 50 pieces from my personal collection and put them on Everything But the House (EBTH)! What is so great about this auction website is the amount of unique, highly curated items that go up for bidding every day of the week. You can basically shop estate sales from the comfort of your own home. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve purchased from EBTH–several large gold mirrors (as pictured in my feature), one of my absolute favorite rings, and a lot of rock & mineral specimens. The variety of what you can find is impressive!

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GET THE LOOK…THE SYMBOL OF SEDUCTIVENESS BAHRAIN

The birth Greek goddess Aphrodite of love and beauty was associated with the creation of the pearl as a symbol of seductiveness.

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SHOP THE LOOK:

J.W.ANDERSON Contrast-sphere drop earrings

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Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

SHOUROUK Emojibling Fun smiley face brooch

 

Wearing Al Mahmood Pearls bracelet and earrings with natural pearls and Lalla Eman traditional Bahraini dress.

GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla features exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews – a celebration of fine jewellery, fashion jewellery and vintage jewellery.

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AMETHYST, FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE

From light pinkish violet to deep purple, the amethyst is one of several forms of quartz. It is the stone of courage and intelligence. Worn by bishops and knights, it was said to bring wisdom and fortune in business. Amethyst is also considered a dream stone. It is often used to cure insomnia, or put under a child’s pillow to prevent nightmares.

It owes its beautiful colour to iron and aluminium presence. Without these colouring agents, amethyst would be completely transparent, like pure quartz, also known as rock crystal. The range of colour is very wide and can vary from nearly colourless with a faint mauve tint to a glorious deep purple.

This stone can be found in several countries. Whether in South America (Brasil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico), in Africa (Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, Madagascar) or in North America (Canada, United States).

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The amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones, and has been treasured since ancient times. It was largely employed in antiquity, already in Ancient Egypt, where it was known as ‘the stone that brings luck’ and used for amulets and talismans.

Its name derives from the Greek amethystos, which means ‘not drunken’, as its colour evokes that of raisins before their conversion into wine – but also because the stone was thought to ward off drunkenness. Purple has long been considered a royal colour, which partly explains why amethyst has been sought-after throughout history.

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Jewels at my Doorstep: MATEO New York

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Valentine’s Day Picks from KAVADOR

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Launched in 2015, Kavador was created with a main goal in mind: to dig into the vaults of jewelry stores around the country and give these hidden jewels their time to shine online! Jennie Pastor, CEO and Founder of Kavador, and myself have a few things in common. One of them being that we both realize there are so many amazing pieces of jewelry out there belonging to smaller, independent jewelers that don’t have the means to promote their inventory online. Websites are expensive and having one that is fully functional with e-commerce capability is often way over a jewelry store owner’s head. Just as I like to travel the US, visiting jewelry stores to showcase all that is out there, Kavador does as well! Only they have a whole team dedicated to curating items they find and listing them online, available for purchase. Kavador has quickly become a growing marketplace for stores to sell their pieces and for jewelry lovers to frequent often to find new treasures. And if you glance at their inventory, you’ll recognize right away how this website needs to be on your radar and checked regularly! Their SOLD gallery is fun to look at as well, although it is slightly sad because they’ve already found their forever home.

I’m so excited to partner with Kavador–not only have I gotten the chance to learn more about this amazing company and speak with Jennie (interview below) but I also got to curate my own favorites just in time for Valentine’s Day. I’ve also got a special treat for everyone–have $150 credit on me! Have fun exploring the vaults of Kavador and use code GEMGOSSIP150 from now until the end of February for your $150 credit.

As a kid, I have always been attracted to glitter and sparkle – I made my own accessories, tinkered with colorful nails and clothes and hair… No surprise then that I married into a family of jewelers and gemologists!

My family has been in the fine jewelry business for over 40 years, owning and operating independent retail jewelry stores and developing relationships with jewelry lovers and buyers as they select and maintain jewelry for generations. I’ve personally watched how dramatically the industry has changed in the last decade, specifically the challenges faced by independent local retailers in the face of changing consumer buying patterns and reduced in-store foot traffic.

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What is the Best Gem Show in Tucson? AGTA GemFair, A Must See!

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Outside of AGTA Gem Fair where you can pull up and valet your car–my parking skills thinks this is a great idea

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Oh my opals! From Exhibitor Only Beads based out of Atlanta

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Freaked for this huge yellow sapphire from Mayer & Watt

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Both photos above were found at Under the Crown Jewelry — the carved scarab moonstone struck a cord with me and I loved learning about their Crown Jubilee faceted diamonds, their trademarked diamond cut which is fashioned from an Old Mine or Old European cut diamond. There are two sets of crown facets and two sets of pavilion facets. It’s the only diamond that has the crown and pavilion in perfect harmony!

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The view above–AGTA is huge, with over 300+ exhibitors, you truly need AT LEAST two days to cover the show–for me I took two days, plus a third day to come back to buy some things that kept haunting me.

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These types of set ups lead to a treasure hunt unlike any other! Whether you have a piece of jewelry in mind you’re designing or just let yourself gravitate toward certain stones…it is a fun experience!

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If I want to see the cream of the crop, I visit Omi Prive where I got to try on incredible sapphires, emerald, zircon and tsavorites. Amazing!

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I loved the concept that Pala International devised with these “Collectors Sets” of gems–each a unique assortment of gemstones, perfect for a collector or connoisseur.

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Gold rush has come over the AGTA Gem Fair! Lots of vintage goodies from Excalibur Jewelry

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Left: a yummy watermelon tourmaline from Kimberly Collins Gems

Right: an insanely perfect specimen of chrysocolla from Rare Earth Mining Co.

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Seriously enchanted by these kite-shaped emeralds from Manak–these need to be rings ASAP!

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Just browsing the many aisles upon aisles of gems, jewels, and treasures at AGTA.

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Left: more watermelon tourmaline and Right: some insane opals from exhibitor Robert Shapiro

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No caption needed–you may be already able to tell these insane gems and rings are Omi Prive.

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Opals of different patterns and translucency all in one display! These are from Joel Price Inc.

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More favorite finds: the two inlay stone pieces are from Rare Earth Mining Co. and I think they are my favorites of the entire Tucson trip! Left shows more opals, which I loved this unique display–really showed off each one individually.

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Some incredible rings from Excalibur Jewelry, spanning all different ages and styles.

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Loved learning about sunstones from Desert Sun Mining & Gems–each one is mined in Oregon (I even have a map and dvd to learn even more)!

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As you may have guessed, I spent some serious time at the Excalibur booth, just because antique jewelry is my main love. All of these rings are special in their own way and I just loved this diamond bow necklace featuring a giant emerald cut emerald!

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One of the “Collectors’ Sets” from Pala International–love the variety of shapes, sizes and varieties of gems.

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Pairing gemstones is quite the task–these gemstone pairs from Kimberly Collins Gems give any jeweler or designer so many options!

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Left: this huge opal lay on an exhibitor’s table with a sign that read “please touch, please take my photo” Right: colorful earrings from Campbellian Collection–can you spot the mismatched pairs?!

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I also loved these rings from Campbellian Collection–from the bright colors to the unique designs, so good!

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Some gemstones cut by the master Clay Zava featured here–including the snowcone cut which is slightly out of focus on the bottom.

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Are you planning your trip for next year yet?? I feel like by now you might be!

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Of course Mayer & Watt would have some insane trapiche emeralds–what amazing earrings would these make?!

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Left: myself with the very talented Clay Zava of Zava Mastercuts, Right: Mayer & Watt was proud to present this incredible 190 ct aquarmarine sculpture with under-the-sea motifs like an octopus and other sea creatures carved into the piece. It is called “Love at First Sight” and was created by Susan Allen & Michael Cristie. Also included in the piece is a 470 c. chrysoprase, a 10.3 mm Tahitian pearl and 0.63 ctw of diamonds in 18k yellow gold.

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From Lightning Ridge mine in Australia, this incredible opal featured at exhibitor Joel Price at AGTA.

I haven’t made the journey out to the desert for the Tucson Gem Shows in five years! Can you believe it?! I’m usually focused on the Miami Antique Show and for the first time in years, the two shows don’t overlap as much as they usually do–that makes me very happy and also very travel worn, but I’m up for the challenge!

The AGTA Gem Fair has been happening since 1981 and is a tradeshow that is open to wholesale only, where they cater to those stores, designers and clients who are discerning, looking to find the best jewelry, gemstones, and so much more. There are several aspects about AGTA that sets it apart from other gem shows in Tucson during this week, and when attending your first AGTA Gem Fair like myself, you quickly learn and take notice! This year’s show spanned from January 31st-February 5th, at the Tucson Convention Center–a glorious facility with all the necessary features for a large tradeshow. A huge plus for AGTA show-attendees is the fact that you can shop and buy with confidence knowing each exhibitor is a Member of the AGTA. Every exhibitor is a United States or Canada-based professional, who adhere to a rigorous code of ethics. Quality, value and selection–all high standards of AGTA, providing sources you can trust.

Other great features include valet parking–which my rental car would like to personally thank AGTA for this, as I nicked my car a few times trying to parallel park in Tucson. Good times. Also, the variety of food trucks outside the show was really cool! We all have been there before–super hungry during a tradeshow with limited options for dining. This was such a neat way to remedy hunger and also be on trend–because everyone loves a food truck! And other perks including some obvious-yet-vital things like air conditioning! Yes, the desert gets toasty in late January/early February, and with most shows outdoors in the sun, we sometimes forget how nice an indoor, air conditioned show can be!

My first day at the show, I just come off a four hour plane ride + two hour car drive, so I knew exactly where to head on the show floor–the antique jewelry vendors!! I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were actually a few and they each easily gave me life. I enjoyed oogling over Excalibur’s jewels and Under the Crown’s diamonds, of course learning a thing or two, as I always do from my antique friends. I may or may not have bought something amazing from Excalibur on day three–just because I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and although the piece was supposed to be for a client of mine, I’m 89% sure I’m now keeping it for myself. Oh lord, I need help.

Day two of the AGTA show included exploring every aisle and seeing what I could find! Certain gemstones caught my attention–chrysocolla, sunstones, insane opals, fancy kite-shapes, etc. I was mesmerized by everything from Rare Earth Mining Co. and died a little when I saw some of the inlay pieces. Every single booth had something unique and if I had LOTS of money to spend, I would buy one thing from each exhibitor, most definitely. I remember someone saying that the people roaming the aisles is like a Who’s Who among jewelry designers, and you’ll likely get star-struck on many occasions. This was totally true! Running into some of my favorite designers was definitely a perk of attending the show and seeing each one in his or her own element, focusing in on designing and finding the right stones was fun.

My last day in Tucson was supposed to be roaming the highway shows and I actually ended up finding myself back at AGTA! There were several pieces that kept haunting me and I knew I had to come back to make them my own. I also wanted to spend some time at the Mayer & Watt booth because not only are Simon’s gems incredible but he always has a keen sense on the gem industry and what is currently going on. I also am a big fan of his app–called Mayer & Watt–if you download it, you will see an entire database of gems! Both inventory and sold items are pictured, along with a Gemipedia, which gives you LOTS of information about each stone. The app is fun to go through and also done really well, most importantly the photography is gorgeous! So you must download it when you get the chance!!

I know many of you loved seeing my updates from Tucson and are wanting to plan ahead for next year already! Well you’re in luck, AGTA already has announced next year’s dates–so put January 30th-February 4th, 2018 in your calendar! I know I already am counting down the days (and saving my money lol)!

What a fun trip this has been–special shoutout to Abby of @nomadgold for being my sidekick, helping me with photography and convincing one another to YES buy that, definitely! Also thank you to AGTA for providing accommodations while in Tucson.

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Q&A with Hilary Halstead Scott & Emilie Shapiro

Emilie Shapiro has recently published a book that we are so excited about here at Halstead, How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line. Informative, educational and thoughtful, this book takes any novice jewelry artist to the next level by teaching them the business side of our competitive jewelry world. From production and pricing to market research and selling, she covers it all.

Emilie grew up on the East Coast from a lineage of creative relatives. Encouraging her from a young age to explore and try new things, she eventually chose lost wax casting to make her mark. After receiving a B.F.A. in Art & Design from Syracuse University with an emphasis in jewelry and metalsmithing, Emilie headed to Florence, Italy to continue her studies at Alchimia, a contemporary jewelry school. Today, Emilie owns a successful jewelry business, Emilie Shapiro Contemporary Metals, retails in fine galleries and boutiques around the world, teaches workshops at Liloveve Jewelry School in Brooklyn, New York and holds private lessons from her studio.

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Hilary: Hi everybody, I am really excited to have Emilie Shapiro on the phone today to talk about her new book: How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line.

Q. Emily, I’m so excited to find out about this book. Why did you decide to write it?

A. Well, first of all, thank you so much for interviewing me. I love Halstead. I decided to write it just because I’m a jewelry teacher. I’ve been teaching for over five years and I’ve found that most of my students really wanted to know not just how to make jewelry but how to make a jewelry line. And I felt that there is some information out there, but you know it’s really hard to figure things out by trial and error and finding your own mistakes. Or whether it’s working for someone. So I decided to put everything that I had learned on my path down on paper.

Q. That’s fantastic. And tell us a little bit about that: What have you found most challenging since you started your business?

A. I think that having a jewelry line sounds like it is a really glamorous thing and you have this idea that you want to be a jeweler, but at the end of the day, it’s a business. Doing a lot of the business aspects, whether it’s administration or taxes or accounting or things like that, I think that’s been a really big challenge. And, really, finding time to do everything. The time management is a big one as well.

Q. Absolutely, and I think it’s one of those things that your book does really well. You cover so much ground just looking at your table of contents you kind of touch on all the highlights, it’s almost like a checklist of what you need to think about if you are starting a jewelry business. 

A. What was really great is I didn’t just pull from my experiences with my own business, it’s also experiences that I’ve had working for other people but also talking to friends in the industry who are jewelry designers and getting their feedback too. People who are jewelry designers or buyers or crafters, things like that, are getting a lot of feedback from all different folks in the industry.

Q. That’s right, you have a whole section at the end of the book that has these great little bits of wisdom from all of those different people it’s a really nice component of the book.

 

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A. That was one of the most exciting things for me was to see people get really excited to share their information because I know this industry, like so many others and it’s really secretive and there’s a lot of people who don’t want to tell you how to do things, how not to do things. But I think you just have to find your community and find the people who are willing to share because the more information that we share, the better it is for everyone and the bigger community we’re making.

 

Q. I couldn’t agree more. We’re so passionate about helping small business here at Halstead and I love finding people that really believe in that as well. Another real strength I found in your book is that people walk away with some really concrete tools. You have some great checklists and kind of worksheet examples in here. I think one of the strongest chapters is on learning to create a jewelry line for production that you can kind of repeat and refine in a very efficient way and it’s packed with tools and one of the worksheets I really loved – I think I have it bookmarked here – was kind of your production guide list. Do you remember which one I’m talking about off the top of your head?

A. Yes, I do actually. I’m just grabbing the book now. Let me open it.

Q. Yeah, the master production list. 

A. Yes, that is something that kind of evolved from all the different places that I worked as a production manager before I decided to do my own thing and you know that the biggest thing that I try to teach people is: create good habits. And really make sure you’re organized. A lot of creative people aren’t – I’m not – the more organized people out there. So, if you really get in the habit of writing everything down from the beginning, it’s creating a good habit to make everything go much more seamlessly.

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Q. I think that’s great advice and it’s something you do really well. I was curious just to kind of get your take since you’ve written this book. How do you think social media is impacting small jewelry businesses?

A. I mean I can speak from my personal experience that I think it’s an amazing way to invite someone virtually into your studio to show your process, to show inspiration and to really build a brand following. I think that it’s an amazing tool for small business. It’s also changing very quickly. So, it’ll be interesting to see how much it changes in the next few years and where it goes. But you really can reach an audience. There are tons of artists who I follow and it allows me to see what they’re making.

Q. And connect with. I love that perspective you can get on a person and a brand. It’s so interesting.

A. Absolutely.

Q. All right, well, I’m going to navigate right now on your web page to the book section and right here in Emilie’s website, there’s a page where you can order a signed copy of this book for thirty dollars. It is jam-packed with great advice and resources. We really encourage you to check it out. Emilie, thank you so much for sharing with us today. I really enjoyed speaking with you.

A. Thank you so much. I did, too. And I really appreciate how much you support the jewelry designing craft community, of course.

Q. Oh, thank you so much. All right, take care, Emilie.

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