Can You Extract Gold, Silver and Platinum by Burning Things?

Can You Extract Gold, Silver and Platinum by Burning Things?

The idea is simplicity itself. You take a pile of stuff that contains precious metals and reduce it to ash by burning it, then process the ash with a strong chemical that removes everything but the metal. Wow, you just turned a pile of worthless-looking stuff into a small quantity of bright precious metal.

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Best Places to Find Large Quantities of Precious Metals

Best Places to Find Large Quantities of Precious Metals

What are the best places to find huge quantities of precious metals?

How to Avoid Myths and Mistakes

Many answers are flying around to that question. Unfortunately, many of those answers are just plain wrong. In today’s post, let’s take a closer look.

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These Recyclable Materials Contain Precious Metals

These Recyclable Materials Contain Precious Metals

When we answered our phone a few weeks ago, a very nice gentleman told us that he had collected more than 1,000 used printer cartridges that he wanted to recycle. “How can I send them to you to be processed?” he asked. We had to give him the bad news that print cartridges do not contain precious metals. We explained that some of the ink they once contained might have contained tiny quantities of silver, and that some ink cartridges have circuit boards that contain extremely small quantities of gold - but that even in the best of circumstances, he didn’t have enough of any precious metal that we could profitably extract for him. We suggested that he take his cartridges to an office supply store that participates in manufacturers’ recycling programs.

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Make Money in Antique Silver Shaving Mugs and Accessories

Make Money in Antique Silver Shaving Mugs and Accessories

A century ago when sterling silver was a relatively cheap metal, it was used much more extensively than it is today to make all kinds of items that were used by people every day. Most every home had silver, or silver-plated flatware, salt and pepper shakers, candlesticks and candelabras, serving plates and dishes, barware and other items for daily use.

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How to Eliminate the Middle Man and Get Top Dollar for Your Silver Scrap

How to Eliminate the Middle Man and Get Top Dollar for Your Silver Scrap

Silver scrap is a unique item in the world of recycling. In most cases, it isn’t found in a neat shiny bar or piece that a refiner can weigh and then say, “This is half a gram, and it is worth X number of dollars.” In most cases, silver scrap comes in forms like these...

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How to Find Platinum and Silver Hiding in Piles of Mixed Scrap

How to Find Platinum and Silver Hiding in Piles of Mixed Scrap

Have you ever seen sparks flying when someone was using an arc welder or oxyacetylene welding torch? The sparks you see are little bits of molten metal that fall to the floor as powder and then cool. If silver is contained in the metals being bonded (or if it is contained in the rods used for brazing, as it often is), it will fall to the floor where it will be swept up – maybe by a young employee like I was, at the end of the day. 

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Three Easy-to-Overlook Sources of Silver Scrap

Three Easy-to-Overlook Sources of Silver Scrap

Silver might not be worth a lot of money per ounce – it is trading for a little less than $15.00 right now. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a lot of money trading it. The key is to collect large quantities of the metal at below-market prices and then call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344 to discuss your recycling options.

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