Karat Chat




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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The election and the gold price

Posted by Jill Bibby on Nov 02, 2016 14:54:59 PM

Lots of conflicting views on what the election’s effect on gold price will be. This is what was in the news today… http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-01/buy-gold-no-matter-who-wins-the-election-hsbc-says

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Should you hold your gold?

Posted by Jill Bibby on Oct 13, 2016 18:24:49 PM

We are constantly getting customer calls into the refinery asking for advice – “Should we sell our gold and other precious metals? How will the Presidential election effect the gold price? What will the actions of The Fed have on metals?” Many times what historically has happened just simply isn’t the case.  

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5 Questions you should be asking your precious metals refiner

Posted by admin on Oct 04, 2016 03:32:45 AM

Over the years we have come across many who are unsure exactly what a refiner does and  the differences between refiners.  We won’t complicate it …here are 5 questions that will quickly narrow down your choices and ensure you are getting the most for your money.

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Is it gold-filled or gold-plated?

Posted by admin on Sep 28, 2016 00:00:40 AM

We originally published this last year but many have requested again.  Here it is… With all of the different types of jewelry on the market these days and the influx of reclaimed pieces in the stores, it is sometimes difficult to identify the type of gold.  It is not wise to rely strictly on hallmarks […]

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5 Ways to Spot a Synthetic Diamond

Posted by Jill Bibby on Sep 13, 2016 07:30:48 AM

Year after year the fakes are getting harder to distinguish. At Pease & Curren, although we do not claim to be gemologists, we continually upgrade our testing equipment to keep in step with the fast growing synthetic diamond market. It used to be we could “frost” the stones. Frosting is a chemical process during which […]

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Sold, Pawned, Lost, Found and Donated…the iconic Super Bowl ring

Posted by Jill Bibby on Aug 29, 2016 13:16:29 PM

With football season upon us we would like to share some interesting facts about the portable Super Bowl trophy, the Super Bowl Ring. Do you know who actually gets a Super Bowl ring?

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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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