Karat Chat




Should you buy platinum?

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jul 05, 2018 15:54:05 PM

Gold is our favorite metal but platinum comes in as a close second. What is going on with platinum these days?  Usually trading at roughly the same as gold, platinum has taken a nose dive. But still some major players are betting on platinum…

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Cleaning Up the Shop: Disposing and Refining Vinyl Floor Tile

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jun 21, 2018 14:47:31 PM

Around this time of year many of our customers shutdown for one or two weeks in July. We ship out quite a few containers to use for cleaning up jewelry benches and manufacturing facilities; the items sent in to be refined are varied. Filters Polishing buffs Shop floor sweeps Protective equipment Vacuum bags Sink sludge […]

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The Truth About the State of the US Jewelry Industry 2018

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 30, 2018 17:52:53 PM

Last week I hear Duchess Meghan Markle is wearing gold, and I find myself clinging to the hope that gold is making a resurgence. I am hanging onto this, and it’s sad. Frankly our favorite precious metal has been going through some turmoil these days making me a nervous wreck. Fluctuating gold price and the […]

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Happy Memorial Day to all who serve

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 25, 2018 15:01:13 PM

Here are some historic images from all of the West Point Ring Melts we have had at the refinery.  

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What’s behind the fluctuating palladium price and why you should take advantage of it.

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 09, 2018 00:00:32 AM

If you have been following the palladium price over the past six months you know how crazy it has been. Fluctuating up and down and now seeming to rest at a point where it is worth more than Platinum.  In order to understand the price of Palladium, it is important to know what it is […]

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So your small diamonds aren’t worth anything?

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 02, 2018 08:00:28 AM

It always blows our mind when a company sends in a shipment of overstock jewelry with the largest diamonds taken out but the majority of the other, smaller diamonds are left in.  We make a phone call, to ask if the customer would like us to process their stones. Many times they say “no thanks, […]

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Unloading your wedding ring

Posted by Jill Bibby on Apr 25, 2018 13:00:13 PM

My divorce took place years ago. For a while I was wearing my wedding ring on my right hand but now I am downright sick of looking at it.  I tried to sell it in the local pawn shops and retail jewelry stores but because was not a traditional wedding ring with a solitaire, I was advised to sell it on […]

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Precious Metals Terms Defined-National Coin Week

Posted by Jill Bibby on Apr 16, 2018 08:00:32 AM

In honor of the 95th Annual #NationalCoinWeek this week we are going to dedicate this week’s blog to posting information about #coin buying and selling.  We came across this great Precious Metals Glossary the other day and figured our readers would be interested.

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How to make money shopping silver at yardsales

Posted by Jill Bibby on Mar 19, 2018 15:02:29 PM

Spring is coming and many of us are excited to see yard sales popping up in and around our neighborhoods.  Some of us go out searching for a deal, or a treasure of some sort. We see scrap jewelry, old flatware pieces and hear the occasional story on the news of someone finding a $20,000 diamond ring in a […]

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Livestream West Point Ring Melt 2018

Posted by Jill Bibby on Feb 27, 2018 18:11:38 PM

February 26, 2018 West Point Class of 2019 Ring Melt Taping of the Live Event

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