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Market Crashes, Broken Tractors, And Gorilla Heads: Steph Mazzone Reflects On Thirteen Years In The Precious Metal/gold Refining Industry

A lot can happen in thirteen years, especially in the topsy-turvy world of precious metal/gold refining. But even knowing that, when Frank Curren sat down with Steph Mazzone to reflect on her thirteen years in the biz, he was surprised by the wild tales she unleashed. It’s been thirteen years, Steph! How did you get […]

How Much Exposure Does Your Precious Metals Refiner Have in the Republic Bankruptcy?

When the news came out that Florida gold and silver refinery Republic Metals Corp. had filed for bankruptcy, many were surprised to find so many other companies that hold themselves out as “gold refiners” listed on the petition as unsecured creditors. Equally jaw-dropping were the amounts Republic said it owed these companies:  millions of dollars […]

The Republic Bankruptcy: Frequently Asked Questions

News of the bankruptcy of Republic Metals Corp., a large Florida precious metals refinery, and its affiliate, has rocked the precious metals industry. Read Pease & Curren’s initial analysis of the bankruptcy here. Since that first post, a number of our colleagues and customers have been trying to understand what this means for them and […]

Cleaning Up the Shop: Disposing and Refining Vinyl Floor Tile

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 […]

Were you too quick to cash out your precious metals last year?

In today’s world convenience is all important. Convenience means quick and easy. The question is how quick is too quick? Are you sacrificing money because you are being too quick with your finances and selling off gold and precious metals at a loss? For example: in precious metals refining, waiting just a couple of days […]