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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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Weaker Dollar = Corporate Profits Rising = Bullish for GOLD

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jul 28, 2017 16:07:39 PM

The Wall Street Journal printed a piece this morning recapping how the S&P 500 rose 14% in the first three months of the year with the second quarter earnings on pace to climb roughly 9%.   In the precious metals industry typically the declining dollar means bullish for GOLD.  In this morning’s piece various corporations comment […]

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The Secret to Corporate Longevity

Posted by Jill Bibby on Jul 25, 2017 09:22:24 AM

Survival. Corporate longevity. Documented evidence suggests most companies, even the largest of corporations, remain in business for an average of 40 years. In fact, the average age of companies on the S&P 500 has decreased by more than 50 years over the last century. According to renowned historians the average company lifespan is now 15 […]

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