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Jolly Old St. Nick — The Patron Saint of Pawn Shops

Posted by Paul Luce on Dec 08, 2017 07:00:17 AM

When you think of Christmas and Santa Claus, what’s the first thing you think of? Pawn shops, right? No? As a popular gold refiner for pawnbrokers, we at Pease & Curren know all about the long, historic relationship between Christmas and pawnshops, but you probably don’t. Never fear: Just leave your chestnuts roasting on the […]

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4 Important & Overlooked Safety Tips for Bench Jewelers

Posted by Paul Luce on Nov 28, 2017 07:00:58 AM

Bench jewelers are the unsung heroes of the jewelry world — tirelessly working away in the back of the jewelry store, making and repairing beautiful pieces to delight their owners. At Pease & Curren, we consider the bench jewelers we work with to be among our most valued relationships. As a proud gold refiner for […]

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7 Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Pawnbrokers

Posted by Paul Luce on Nov 03, 2017 07:00:26 AM

As a trusted gold refiner for pawnshops, Pease & Curren wants to see all the pawnshops we work with succeed. In that spirit, here are seven common mistakes all pawnbrokers should do their best to avoid. Not Doing Your Research When Selling Precious Metals If you are selling precious metals or gems to a specific […]

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How Are Diamonds Priced?

Posted by Paul Luce on Oct 30, 2017 07:00:52 AM

Whether you are new to the diamond trade or are becoming more experienced with diamond sales, you may be somewhat curious about just how diamonds are priced. You probably know about the four Cs — cut, clarity, color and carat — which are the basic factors that determine pricing. What do these terms actually mean, […]

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Why True Fire Assay Remains the Most Accurate Form of Gold Refining

Posted by Paul Luce on Oct 22, 2017 05:00:44 AM

When it comes to gold assay, there is no question that true fire assay is the most effective and accurate method. What is the history of true fire assay, and what makes it so accurate? Gold Fire Assay History Gold fire assaying, or cupellation, is a method of determining the purity of a piece of […]

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Don’t Fall for the Refiner’s Shell Game – The Percentage Game.

Posted by Jill Bibby on Oct 10, 2017 14:24:50 PM

Whenever I meet a new prospect, the first question I’m always asked is “What percentage do you pay?” The refining industry has focused everyone’s attention on what percentage you’re getting paid. While that is an important question, it’s flawed.

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Over 10 Million Payday Loan Consumers Are Out Of Luck

Posted by Jill Bibby on Oct 06, 2017 16:32:13 PM

If you have read any major newspaper over the past 24 hours you have seen the headline.  The government has moved to control lucrative payday lending practices with a rule that brings the 38 billion dollar industry under federal oversight for the first time.

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Coast Guard Ring Melt 2017

Posted by Jill Bibby on Sep 26, 2017 16:53:17 PM

We are happy to host the 1st Coast Guard Ring Melt here at Pease & Curren this morning.  Captains & Cadets were here to witness the event.

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How to Make a Disaster Plan for Your Jewelry Business

Posted by Jill Bibby on Sep 22, 2017 17:30:22 PM

Over the last few weeks we have heard so many heartbreaking stories from our friends in Florida and Texas.  We have shared posts on disaster preparation from various insurance agencies but feel the need to post our own. 

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Mining your iPhone

Posted by Jill Bibby on Aug 23, 2017 13:52:36 PM

Sometimes we come across the craziest videos about mining and precious metals.

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