Karat Chat




Going for the Gold? The facts about Olympic medals

Posted by Jill Bibby on Aug 15, 2016 08:30:51 AM

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is here.

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Gold Price Rises- So Do the Fakes

Posted by Jill Bibby on Aug 09, 2016 16:19:42 PM

Increase in demand for coins is brought on by the increase of the gold price this year.  Although forgeries have been around for centuries, they sometimes get better with age.  Buyer Beware.

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There is a crisis going on and everyone in the jewelry industry should know about it

Posted by Jill Bibby on Aug 04, 2016 08:16:21 AM

Right now, in Peru – 40% of the villagers in 97 villages have mercury poisoning.  This type of poison causes permanent brain damage, kidney damage and chronic headaches. 

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Don’t be fooled- identifying synthetic diamonds and stones

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jul 28, 2016 14:58:51 PM

Recently we have had an influx of synthetic stones coming into our lab for stone removal.  The challenge is properly identifying these stones.

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The “Karat Creep”

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jul 26, 2016 08:30:32 AM

As many of our customers know, we often perform random spot checks on incoming refining jobs.  Lately we have noticed a few lots that are not as they seem. Our VP of Operations likes to call it the “Karat Creep”. Some customers send in monthly so the “Karat Creep” is not noticed right away but […]

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Uncovering the fugazi

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jun 24, 2016 18:11:27 PM

I was in our factory today speaking with our operations manager about content for our Buyer Beware newsletter.  We came across an old school fake, found it interesting, and figured we would share on this Friday afternoon.  It’s a “Fugazi Friday”.

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The view from my office window

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jun 15, 2016 13:58:48 PM

When I tell people where I work, they just can’t visualize it.  I have a window in my office that overlooks the factory- I often forget how cool that really is. #Gold pour

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Happy Memorial Day

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 27, 2016 15:19:33 PM

This weekend we take time to remember and honor those who died while serving in our US armed forces. The words “thank you” do not seem powerful enough but we sincerely thank you for your ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. With honor and remembrance, Happy Memorial Day. Here is some footage from our 2016 […]

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This is not a yard sale.

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 16, 2016 18:29:46 PM

Many of our clients used to get quick cash for their precious metals.  A cash buyer would stop by look at what they had to offer- and give cash on the spot – kind of like a yard sale. With a little extra time and not a lot of effort, you can get the full […]

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Who is monitoring the billion dollar refining industry?

Posted by Jill Bibby on May 12, 2016 14:58:27 PM

By Scott Girouard- Regional Refining Consultant You go to the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk and, regardless of the dairy farm, you get a gallon of milk. If you buy a gallon of gasoline, you’ll get exactly one gallon of gasoline, regardless of the gas station. There are governmental agencies that monitor […]

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