Many brick and mortar retailers are noticing a boost this shopping season because of a recent Supreme Court decision closing a tax loophole that had favored online commerce. For many years, the law prohibited states from charging sales taxes to businesses that did not have a physical location in the taxing state. In South Dakota […]
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 […]
At least once a week at the refinery we come across someone who is unfamiliar with weighing gold or silver. We explain weights to them, and they understand, but there are unscrupulous people out there who do not explain and take full advantage of the confusion.
Gold is our favorite metal but platinum comes in as a close second. What is going on with platinum these days? Usually trading at roughly the same as gold, platinum has taken a nose dive. But still some major players are betting on platinum…
My divorce took place years ago. For a while I was wearing my wedding ring on my right hand but now I am downright sick of looking at it. I tried to sell it in the local pawn shops and retail jewelry stores but because was not a traditional wedding ring with a solitaire, I was advised to sell it on […]
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 […]
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?
Recently we have had an influx of synthetic stones coming into our lab for stone removal. The challenge is properly identifying these stones.
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 […]