What Is a Smelter?

What Is a Smelter?

“Smelting” sounds like a form of melting . . . but it isn’t!

“Smelting” also sounds like going fishing for shiny little fish that are called smelts . . . but it isn’t that either!

So, What Is Smelting?

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Want to Make Money by Recycling Gold Scrap?

Want to Make Money by Recycling Gold Scrap?

Don’t Overlook Gold-Plated Items

When most of us go looking for gold items to recycle, we look first for solid gold items, and with good reason. Even very small items made of karat gold can contain enough gold to make them worth a lot more than they appear – small items like stud earrings, tuxedo studs, lapel pins, tie tacks, and religious and commemorative medals.

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What Is 925 Platinum?

What Is 925 Platinum?

Jewelry makers use lots of different ways to indicate the purity of the metal that they use in their products. They stamp certain pieces of jewelry as 24K gold, 18K gold, Sterling Silver, and in lots of other ways. And just as soon as you think you have started to understand what all the different terminology means, along comes this term, and you wonder what the heck it is . . .

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What Will Happen to Precious Metals Prices if a Recession Starts?

What Will Happen to Precious Metals Prices if a Recession Starts?

Nobody likes a recession. But the fact remains that if another recession starts soon, precious metals are a good place to have your assets invested.  

During the last big historical recession of 2007-2009, the trading price of gold rose about 24%. In the same period, the Dow fell by about 35%. And something similar, though not as extreme, happened in preceding recessions. In the less-severe recession of 2001, gold prices rose more than 4%, while the Dow fell about 15%.

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New Platinum-Gold Alloy Could Be the Hardest Metal Ever Made . . . and One of the Rarest

New Platinum-Gold Alloy Could Be the Hardest Metal Ever Made . . . and One of the Rarest

Have you heard about the new alloy of platinum and gold that is said to be the most indestructible metal ever made . . . one that is as hard as diamonds and virtually abrasion-proof? We have heard about it too. It sounds like a hoax. After all, gold is a very soft metal. Platinum can easily be scratched, as owners of platinum engagement rings have discovered. So how can it be that combining these two not-so-durable metals could result in a super-metal that is virtually indestructible?

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Why a Broom Could Be Your Best Tool for Finding Precious Metals

Why a Broom Could Be Your Best Tool for Finding Precious Metals

What is the most powerful tool for finding gold, platinum, silver and other precious metals?

When you think about that question, chances are you think about using a metal detector. And yes, a metal detector can be a great device to use when you are looking for precious metals in outdoor areas like the beach or open fields. There are other good tools too, like camera-equipped drones.

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What Is Industrial Catalyst? And How Much Can You Profit from Recycling It?

What Is Industrial Catalyst? And How Much Can You Profit from Recycling It?

If you work in an industry that uses industrial catalysts, you probably know what they are and what precious metals yours contain.

What you might not know, however, is that the catalysts that have lived out their life in your factory could still contain significant amounts of precious metals like gold, silver and even platinum that are well worth recycling. If you are not sure how much precious metal could be reclaimed by having them recycled by a precious metals refinery like Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners, we urge you to call our consultants today at 800-426-2344. We are here to offer advice and testing on your used catalysts. In just a few minutes on the phone with us, you could discover that you are sitting on precious metals that could be worth a lot of money.

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It’s a Great Time to Profit from Recycling White Gold Jewelry

It’s a Great Time to Profit from Recycling White Gold Jewelry

Today is an especially good time to make money by refining older pieces of jewelry that were crafted in white gold.

Why? Here’s a bit of history that could come in handy if you are interested in making money by reclaiming and recycling gold scrap . . .

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Is It Still Possible to Buy Gold and Platinum on the Cheap from the U.S. Government?

Is It Still Possible to Buy Gold and Platinum on the Cheap from the U.S. Government?

In the days following World War II, army surplus yards opened in many parts of the country, selling all kinds of items that had been manufactured for the U.S. war effort. All sorts of items showed up – hats, coats, uniforms, tarpaulins, tents, and even some decommissioned “souvenir” hand grenades. There were even opportunities to buy electronic devices like field radios that contained small amounts of gold.

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High Platinum and Gold Prices Result in Record Numbers of Jewelry Thefts . . .

High Platinum and Gold Prices Result in Record Numbers of Jewelry Thefts . . .

There are many reasons to avoid buying stolen items of jewelry. One practical reason is that if you do buy items that were stolen, they could be confiscated by law enforcement agencies. Another, more important reason is that even if you buy “hot” items without knowing they were stolen, you are supporting a number of criminal gangs that engaged in violent crimes. Even if you buy those items from pawn shops or legitimate jewelers and have no idea that you are trading in stolen goods, you are contributing to a form of crime that is big and getting bigger.

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What Effect Will Trends in Healthcare Testing Have on Precious Metals?

What Effect Will Trends in Healthcare Testing Have on Precious Metals?

If you went to see your physician a few years ago and you were having chest pains, chances are that your doctor sent you to get an x-ray (a technology that relied heavily on silver), an electrocardiogram (which used printed circuit boards that contained gold and silver), and a round of blood tests (which didn’t have much to do with precious metals of any kind).

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What Today’s Most Popular Crimes Tell Us about the Value of Precious Metals

What Today’s Most Popular Crimes Tell Us about the Value of Precious Metals

Crooks aren’t nice people, they hurt people, and we don’t like to write about them. But the fact remains that if we look at crime trends around the country, they can teach us some lessons about the value of precious metals. Also, because crooks make money by selling what they have stolen, their crimes tell us there is a market for the metals they are selling.

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What Is the Top-Selling Personal Electronic Device of All Time?

What Is the Top-Selling Personal Electronic Device of All Time?

The answer may surprise you

Today, everybody you see seems to be staring at a mobile phone. About 15 years ago, every adult you saw was poking away at a Blackberry and every kid you saw was listening to music on an iPad or other portable music player.

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Helter Smelter . . .

Helter Smelter . . .

What You Need to Know about Modern Smelting and What We Do

As we wrote on this blog back on February 24, 2014, “Smelting has now evolved into a modern, sophisticated process that uses very advanced equipment to separate precious metals from a wide variety of compounds and chemicals, not only from rocks.”

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