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West Point Legacy Lives on at Pease & Curren Refinery

Posted by Jill Bibby on Feb 14, 2017 15:42:36 PM

Forty-one class rings were donated this year to the West Point Association of Graduates 17th Annual Ring Melt Ceremony that will be held on February 27th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Rhode Island refinery, Pease & Curren.

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For those waiting for GOLD to go up

Posted by Jill Bibby on Feb 08, 2017 00:00:09 AM

In the words of our long time Inside Salesperson Stephanie “Gold always takes the stairs up, and the elevator down” and this is certainly the case this week.

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How to tell the difference between silver, white gold and platinum

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jan 31, 2017 08:00:59 AM

If you buy jewelry you are surely aware of the challenge of differentiating between these gray/white colored metals. It is not always easy to tell with the naked eye but this is may help.

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A Jeweler’s Story. Why it pays to plan ahead.

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jan 25, 2017 12:00:39 PM

We recently had a conversation with a jewelry store owner who has 5 locations and spends his time traveling between the stores. Each store has a manager and the manager’s main concern is selling wedding rings, gemstones and custom jewelry. One of the stores has a resident goldsmith. All of the stone sizing, removal, changes […]

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A Year in Review – Convenience is really expensive.

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jan 18, 2017 12:00:53 PM

Let’s have a conversation about the price of convenience and how expensive it can be over the long term. Many times we encounter refining prospects who like the convenience and the quick turnaround from a cash buyer. Cash buyers are just around the corner from the store or stop by once a month, usually someone […]

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What I learned about Christmas and Pawnbrokers

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jan 03, 2017 21:11:39 PM

Wish I would’ve seen this a few weeks ago but we are still in the holiday spirit right? Just came across this little tidbit about Pawnbrokers and Christmas and thought you might find it interesting.  

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Losing a bucket of gold on West 48th

Posted by Jill Bibby on Dec 05, 2016 19:23:56 PM

Lately we have been hearing a lot about thefts in the jewelry industry, but never from an armored truck.  This story is unreal and reinforces the need to make sure your precious metals shipment is insured while in transit.

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JSA says off premises attacks spiked in October

Posted by Jill Bibby on Nov 14, 2016 16:15:29 PM

  The number of attacks on traveling jewelry salespeople and retailers away from their stores spiked last month, prompting the Jewelers’ Security Alliance to issue a special alert and advisory.  The full story…

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Happy Veteran’s Day

Posted by Jill Bibby on Nov 09, 2016 14:49:46 PM

We would like to wish a Happy Veteran’s Day to all who have served.  In honor of this day we would like to share a video from the West Point Ring Ceremony held at Pease & Curren last February.

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Jeopardizing the value of the entire diamond industry

Posted by Jill Bibby on Nov 07, 2016 16:41:32 PM

As a precious metals refiner who also specializes in stone removal, we can attest it has been increasingly hard to segregate real diamonds from the man-made. Advances in synthetics have made it impossible to identify fakes and it is because of this many synthetics are being sold into the market as the real thing. In fact, in 2015 a package containing 110 man-made […]

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