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Three Trends in Gold Jewelry Design

July 17, 2018 07:00
Three Trends in Gold Jewelry Design

Gold has long been a symbol of notoriety and wealth. As a result, jewelry made from the precious metal has innate value to consumers.

A piece of jewelry doesn’t have to be made from 24-karat gold, however, to be worthy of a higher price tag.

Today’s jewelry designers are experimenting with gold as an accent color, rather than as the foundation.

Here are three techniques that allow gold to shine, while bringing out the best in other metals and alloys.


Originating in ancient Korea, keum-boo is a technique that bonds gold foil to other metals, such as silver. It can be used in a number of ways, such as alternating gold and silver petals or as gold stripes on a silver pendant. It can also help increase the value of a piece, without costing much for the designer.

Aura 22

Another low-cost way to add gold to jewelry is by painting it on. Aura 22 is a liquid 22-karat yellow gold that allows you to actually paint a design onto a piece of jewelry. You can even use a paintbrush to apply it. To finish the gold jewelry design, the piece must be fired in a kiln and polished.

Mixed Metal

Wearing mixed metals used to be a fashion faux pas. Your accessories needed to belong to the same metal family, typically either all gold or all silver. Now, it’s all about contrast. Customers are open to gold jewelry designs that incorporate yellow gold with gunmetal. It’s a great way to make gold stand out, instead of blending in with your other accessories.

As always, gold jewelry design will continue to evolve with the times. But, at the moment, designers are proving that a little gold can go a long way.



Brewery Makes Gold Beer from Ancient Recipe

July 10, 2018 07:00
Brewery Makes Gold Beer from Ancient Recipe

It’s almost Friday and, if you’re like most Americans, you celebrate with the alcoholic beverage of choice: beer. You might choose a medium-bodied amber lager, with a toasty or caramel-like finish. Or, if it’s been a particularly good week, maybe you spring for an imperial stout. 

But there’s one beer you probably haven’t had the privilege of toasting to — an experimental ale brewed with gold. If all goes well, the gold beer will be available at Forest City Brewery in Cleveland.

The brewery’s owner, Matt Mapus, discovered the recipe during his travels to Cologne, Germany, as reported by The recipe came from an ancient alchemy book that dates all the way back to 1321. Co-owner Jay Demagall said Mapus was given permission to copy the text, which he had translated.

A small trial batch of the gold beer has been brewed and sampled by Demagall, who reportedly described it as “absolutely delicious.” The brewery plans to start with a pale ale and Kölsch, the latter of which is native to Cologne. 

What can you expect to pay for such a novelty? The gold beer will be priced around $52.50 an ounce or $100 for two ounces. Pricing may fluctuate, however, based on the current market value for gold.

The Lifespan of a Coin

July 3, 2018 07:00

Coins live quite the full life. They’ve rolled through the streets of New York City. Some have taken a dip in the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Still others have taken an accidental trip through the human digestive system. 

Their durability seems to know no boundaries.

But how long exactly do they last?

Check out the infographic below to find out.

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