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Family Heirlooms

Family heirlooms can be just about anything, as long as there is monetary or sentimental value attached. As heirlooms get passed down over time, their mystique grows. In this section we'll examine everything to do with passing down heirlooms and receiving them.

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How to Preserve the History of a Family Heirloom

Preserving a piece of family history is about more than restoring the shine of a material possession. It's about safeguarding the stories behind the heirloom. We'll guide you through the rewarding process.


10 Most Common Heirlooms

We pass-on what we prize. So what heirlooms do we value most? Here's our Top 10. See more »

5 Things to Do Before Passing Down an Heirloom

Deciding how to hand down sentimental treasures can be tricky business, but it doesn't have to be. How can planning ahead and talking to family make the passing down process go smoothly? See more »

5 Things To Set Aside for Children Before They're Born

From valuable family jewelry to personal pregnancy mementos, some of the best heirlooms are best set aside before kids come along. What special items can you put away for your kids? See more »

Top 5 Things People Rarely Pass Down, But Should

It's not uncommon to inherit your grandmother's pearls, but what all if you really want are all the sky miles she's accumulated -- or her sense of justice? People don't frequently will these five intangible and unusual things, but they really should! See more »

5 Tips for Dividing Up Your Family Heirlooms

Heirlooms are intended to honor family and tradition. But there's no honor in having a family squabble over material objects after the death of a loved one. Here are 5 tips aimed at preserving peace and the family legacy. See more »

5 Wacky Family Heirlooms

"Son, someday, these mummified remains will be yours." It's not something you hear every day. Most people end up with Grandpa's pocket watch, a set of china or a ruby brooch from the roaring '20s. What are five of the strangest family heirlooms? See more »

5 Ways to Reset Vintage Jewelry

Vintage jewelry has character and style, but it's also, well, old. Here are some ways to update a well-worn piece while preserving its charm. See more »

How to Care For Antique Books

If you're a reader, or if you just like books, there's money and a treasure trove of historical significance in old tomes. But how do you keep them in top condition? See more »

How to Care For Home Movies

When you stumble across a treasure trove of old home movies, your first instinct might be to watch them right away -- or have them converted immediately into DVDs. But wait, you could be causing irreparable damage. See more »

How to Create a Family Heirloom

If your grandmother's funny stories or recipe tweaks mean more to you than her outdated sideboard, you have a potential heirloom on your hands. How can you preserve and share intangible heirlooms with your family? See more »