Precious Metals Blog

Category: Jewelry Design

Three Jewelry Designers You Should Follow on Instagram

Whether you’re in the jewelry industry or simply someone who likes to wear the finished product, Instagram has become the platform for accessory art. It not only allows designers to show off their

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Scientists Replicate the Hope Diamond

For the first time, scientists constructed near-perfect replicas of the Hope Diamond, using cubic zirconia. The replicas show how the Hope Diamond looked in its previous forms: when it was first

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Understanding Precious Metal Purity Stamps

In order to estimate the melt values of precious metal jewelry, antiques, or other items, you need to know exactly how much precious metal the objects contain. These types of goods are commonly made

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Specific Gravity Testing for Precious Metals & Gems

Specific gravity (SG) is the ratio of a substance’s density to the density of a reference substance. The reference substance is nearly always distilled water, which has an SG value of 1. Anything with

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How Impurities Change Gold’s Color

The term “impurities” has many connotations, but in gold mining and refining, impurities refer to anything that lowers the karat weight or millesimal fineness of a sample of gold. In our business,

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Melt Values for Trophies and Medals

A client recently asked if the items we buy include trophies and medals. Well, just like the significance of the accomplishments they commemorate, the aftermarket value of trophies and medals varies

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