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Government ban on the export of gold and copper concentrates

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jul 05, 2017 17:14:22 PM

Read an article today about “Golden Handcuffs” in the Economist.  Apparently this ban on exporting gold & copper concentrates went into effect back in March. It is a serious stand-off that is certain to affect the supply and demand of gold in the US. https://www.economist.com/news/business/21723427-row-raises-concerns-mining-firms-across-africa-tanzanias-firebrand-leader-takes-its

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Ten Places to find Precious Metals in Your Jewelry Manufacturing Facility

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jun 26, 2017 13:35:15 PM

The summer holidays are upon us. Many manufacturers are closing down for a week or two around the July 4th holiday.  Some for summer break and some to clean up their facility to get ready for the next busy season. 

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Five Interesting Things I Learned at the International Precious Metals Conference Last Week

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jun 20, 2017 09:37:04 AM

Last week I attended a conference in Orlando for the International Precious Metals Institute.  I must admit, Orlando in June was daunting but upon arrival my opinion quickly changed.  This industry is truly incredible.  I learned about Precious metals investments, futures, forwards, and mining specifics. Since I am certainly not proficient enough to share that type […]

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Mining Shares Fall Under Racially Charged Ownership Rules

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jun 15, 2017 17:39:06 PM

Lots going on right now in the world of mining- Fed meeting, GST, and a change in the ownership rules.  Although we are not involved in mining, this indirectly affects all of us in precious metals business.  While there is merit to both sides of the argument, it is certainly not helping the gold price right now. […]

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5 Ways to Tell if your precious metals refiner is just a Middleman

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 23, 2017 13:58:57 PM

If you are getting paid on scrap or reclaimed jewelry materials you know how important it is to get paid on the true value of your metals. If you are paying a middleman, that is one more person getting between you and your money. Here are 5 ways to show you are NOT dealing with […]

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Our statement on conflict free precious metals refining and third party certification

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 17, 2017 14:30:44 PM

In recent months the topic of gold mining in high risk regions has brought great controversy to the precious metals market and the precious metals refining industry as a whole. Many refiners have chosen to get “certified” through a third party audit. Recent events have proved third party audits do not guarantee a refiner is […]

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How illegal gold mining affects you

Posted by Jill Bibby on Apr 19, 2017 20:20:27 PM

Over the past few months we have heard of precious metals refiners closing down over violations to the Dodd-Frank legislation.  Dodd-Frank as many of our readers know requires most larger companies to practice due diligence to ensure that any gold coming from certain countries is sourced properly. When refiners don’t comply with the legislation there […]

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Why we don’t use our induction furnace.

Posted by Jill Bibby on Apr 11, 2017 13:33:09 PM

At Pease & Curren we are constantly assessing better, more efficient ways of doing things. Lately we have come across advertisements for Induction Furnaces.  Induction furnaces are said to be an environmentally friendly way to refine.

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The hottest engagement ring trends in the jewelry industry

Posted by Jill Bibby on Mar 27, 2017 13:38:13 PM

I just read an interesting article about internet searches for engagement rings and I thought I would share. We don’t see too many rings like this come through the refinery. I would say these are the type of heirlooms that are passed from one generation to the next.    

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Disheartening news in our industry

Posted by Jill Bibby on Mar 22, 2017 19:09:36 PM

Precious metals refiners are always fighting a bad reputation.  At Pease & Curren we try hard to do the right thing.  We do not accept gold from anyone except legitimate businesses.  We question gold bars and often times do not take them because we are not sure of their origin.  It is disheartening to hear when […]

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