I have worked on the light box and camera shots a bit, I've determined some of the best lighting to show details as well as shine/glimmer/color.
You can see the gold candle is showing a nice effect here, a bit of tilting and distance get a good shimmer.
Pale off white backgrounds, simple paper towel and paper ruler seemed to work the best to showcase the item and still show info on size
I know people want to see the scale but they also want to "peer into" the object so I tried to utilize shots that did both. A bit of size and a bit of detail
I used a lot of "effect clay" in these lots, I am hoping they show through in the pictures.. somewhat ;)