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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Why Recycling Gold Jewelry Requires the Services of an Expert Gold Recycler

Why Recycling Gold Jewelry Requires the Services of an Expert Gold Recycler

A client of ours recently found an interesting piece of gold jewelry. It was a brooch, probably more than 100 years old, that he found in an estate sale. He bought it for $40.00, took it home, and tested it using a gold testing kit.

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How Much Money Can You Make Recycling Jewelers’ Supplies?

How Much Money Can You Make Recycling Jewelers’ Supplies?

“My grandfather was a master jeweler and jewelry repairman,” a caller told us recently. “Unfortunately, he recently passed away, and now we have the job of emptying his workshop. Can you give me some advice on what we should be looking for?”

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All that Glitters Is Not Platinum: Don’t Be Fooled

All that Glitters Is Not Platinum: Don’t Be Fooled

If you go shopping for platinum jewelry, you are going to find an awful lot of it. You’ll find it listed in online local ads and on online auction sites. You might even find platinum engagement rings listed in ads in local newspapers. And if you peruse the display cases at an antique store or mall, you might see that is labeled as platinum.

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Titanium Gains Popularity in the Jewelry Market

Titanium Gains Popularity in the Jewelry Market

Over the years titanium has been used mostly in aerospace and industrial applications, and with good reason. Titanium is nearly as hard as steel, but it weighs much less. It is extremely resistant to corrosion and wear. It resists deformation -  you are going to have to jump up and down pretty hard on a titanium ring or pipe to get it to flatten.

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Four Questions to Ask Before You Have Your Coins Made into Rings

Four Questions to Ask Before You Have Your Coins Made into Rings

Do you have a quarter, a silver dollar or another coin that you would like to have made into a ring?

If so, you can quickly find a company that will refashion your coin into a ring, just by searching online. It seems that lots of people are starting businesses that do it.

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What Makes for a Spectacular Engagement Ring? Hint - It’s Not about the Gold

What Makes for a Spectacular Engagement Ring? Hint - It’s Not about the Gold

We enjoyed “10 Most Famous Engagement Rings in History,” a post on the TheKnot.com blog. It offers entertaining descriptions of 10 of the most jaw-dropping engagement rings ever given. One was a Van Cleep & Arpels engagement ring that JFK gave to Jacqueline Bouvier. It boasted both a 2.84-carat emerald and a 2.88-carat diamond. Not too shabby. Other astonishing rings are mentioned in the blog post too, including immense rings given to Mia Farrow by Frank Sinatra, to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio, to Elizabeth Taylor by Mike Todd, to Beyoncé by Jay Z, and even to Queen Elizabeth II by Prince Philip. We can hardly keep up.

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Are Your Parents Going to a Nursing Home? Here Are the Best Strategies for Dealing with their Jewelry

Are Your Parents Going to a Nursing Home? Here Are the Best Strategies for Dealing with their Jewelry

If you have an elderly relative who is about to enter a nursing home or assisted living, chances are you are already working with a counselor who is helping you deal with their financial assets. Today’s post is not meant to serve as a substitute for the expert advice you can get from those counselors, who know the ins and outs of Medicare and other factors that can impact on financial planning for elders.

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Smart Lessons from Urban Legends about Precious Metals

Smart Lessons from Urban Legends about Precious Metals

Urban legends are stories – usually untrue - that are so weird that people keep repeating them and sending them around via email. They tend to take on lives of their own – some people even think they really happened. There are even urban legends about precious metals. Here are three we have heard…

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Metal-Hunting Season Is Starting Just as Swimming Season Ends

Metal-Hunting Season Is Starting Just as Swimming Season Ends

That’s why this could be a very profitable season to go looking for valuable items that people have lost during the summer months. Rings, watches, cellphones and other stuff is out there waiting for you, so let’s review some of the strategies that can help you find them. 

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