Business Digest, January 19, 2013

The US Mint has sold out of American Eagle silver coins.

Earnings at China's state-owned firms rose 22.4 per cent from November, accelerating from November's increase of 5.7 per cent, but the pick-up was not enough to offset weakness for the year, when combined profits slipped 5.8 per cent compared to 2011, official data showed.

Saturday, 19 January, 2013, 5:12am

Silver expected to outshine gold

Silver bullion bars being stacked up in an office. The metal rose strongly last year as investors hedged against inflation. Photo: Bloomberg

Silver is expected to appreciate more than gold this year but traders warn investors may risk getting burned because of the high volatility in the thinly traded metal.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:56am

A fun return to Treasure Island

Silver Andrew Motion Published by Jonathan Cape ISBN 978 0 224 09119 0

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Dandy & Dapper

I got some fancy silver cufflinks for my birthday but I've worn them so much they've gone dark. How can I clean them without ruining them?

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


1 Plate collection by Missoni (HK$420-HK$1,300), available at Lane Crawford

2 Les Reves Byzantins by Versace (inquiries 2521 8626)

3 1925 tea and coffee pot by Christofle (HK$13,850)

4 Sterling silver soup tureen by Hermes (HK$264,040)

5 Sterling silver napkin ring by Bottega Veneta (HK$7,800)

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Coming clean

Slim and elegant, the new X22 notebook personal computer from Samsung Electronics was designed to impress with its rich specifications - including Intel Celeron technology, a 14.1-inch display, a 120-gigabyte hard drive and an eight-cell battery. But attention is also due to its Silver Nano anti-bacterial keyboard.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Blooming pretty

There are basic rules to choosing vases, one being that the receptacle should be half the height of the flowers it holds, another that the shape of the arrangement should reflect that of the container. Then you have to think of colour combinations.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Shine on

White or silver? It's the colour dilemma on women's minds this summer. Luckily you can have the best of both worlds courtesy of Le Sportsac. The brand, which is known for its indispensable cosmetic cases and travel bags, has released the Glitter Chroma-Shine line, featuring styles in a white material decorated with flecks of silver glitter (above; tote, HK$700; small bag, HK$420).

13 May 2007 - 12:00am

Space Age

Get futuristic this season with a metallic twist. Be it gold or silver, the key is to shine.

16 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Beauty Flash

Shimmery shades

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Silver lining

Good news for those who don't have the time, or a butler, to polish the silver. A new product, purportedly the world's first non-tarnish sterling silver, puts an end to the hateful twice-a-year task of using flannels and polish to maintain the metal's finish.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

University scavenges for gold in the delta

The University of Hong Kong has teamed up with a listed company in a research project to scavenge gold and silver residue from effluents discharged by factories in the Pearl River Delta.

3 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

On the table

If you're in the market for dining accessories with a difference, check out Phoebe Lentini's stylishly hip range of tableware.

30 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

$5k pitcher just a drop in the Evian

Next time you get invited for a meal at the Bel-Air clubhouse at Pokfulam you might want to take a closer look at where your glass of water comes from. No, we're not asking you to explore the plumbing systems but rather to take a closer look at the silver pitcher used to serve the water.

5 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Expert Advice

Q Should I only buy antique English silver that bears a hallmark?


Hallmarks are the original form of consumer guarantee, and originated in Britain, says Esme Parish, a silver dealer with offices in Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore and Dubai.

5 Sep 2004 - 12:00am