Gold Demand Trends

The World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends (GDT) is the leading industry resource for data and opinion on world-wide gold demand. …read more

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Strung up Strings

A row of acoustic string instruments, from guitars to mandolins, are hanging up along a sky blue wall.


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What is the Meaning of Karat?

When it comes to buying jewelry, it is true that you get what you pay for. Don’t sell yourself short, it is highly important to know the basic terms of jewelry in order to fully understand what you are buying. For example, Karat is a term which is used to describe the purity for gold alloys, instead of weight.

It is not to be confused with the term Carat, which is a unit of mass used for weighing the pearls and gemstones. Karat and carat are often used interchangeably within certain countries, so it’s important to know which is which. The word Karat derives from ancient Asian bazaars in which carob seeds where used to balance scales to measure the weight of gold.

Since gold is a relatively soft metal, mixing it with other alloys creates stronger jewelry whereas pure gold, 24 Karats (kt), is highly susceptible to damage. Since the purity of a ring does not affect its weight, it is easiest to test Karats with acid or electronic testing kit- though acid will inevitably damage the gold.

So how much gold is in your ring? Well, one Karat gold unit is 1/24 part. In the U.S., the minimum Karat is 10 (9kt in the U.K.). A 10kt ring is gold mixed with approximately 60 percent of other metals. Certain gold mixtures have different colors. Colored gold can range from white and yellow to red and even green.

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Pawnbrokers Report Trends and Steady Industry Growth

The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) today announced the results of the NPA 2015 Trend Survey that assesses how changes in the U.S. economy have affected the pawn more

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How To Maintain Your Gold Jewelry

Removing, cleaning, and storing your gold jewelry are all critical parts of keeping your pieces safe and in good condition. Here are some tips on how to manage each aspect.

Your gold jewelry is of crucial importance to you for both its market worth and its sentimental value. Therefore it’s vital to care for it so that it will stay in good condition for your lifespan and as heirlooms for generations to come. Here are some tips to make sure your jewelry remains as new as it was when you brought it home.

When protecting your jewelry, it helps to prevent damage in the first place. You can do this by removing it before doing potentially damaging tasks such as bathing, showering, gardening, cleaning, or playing sports. You might think that showering would be harmless, or even helpful to keep your pieces clean, but the chemicals and soap can result in duller gold over time. The chlorine in swimming pools can also discolor gold, so it’s important to remove your items before submerging.

To shine up your gold periodically, it’s easy to buff it with a chamois cloth. Don’t use tissue paper or paper towels, as these can cause scratches. Cleaning is simple with a small amount of mild dishwashing detergent and warm water. Hot water should be avoided, as it can cause a reaction with cleaning agents and cause discoloration. Using ammonia to clean is somewhat controversial, with different sources having opposite opinions. Dish detergent is generally agreed upon as an acceptable choice. Don’t clean damaged jewelry, or pieces in need of repair, as this can exacerbate existing problems. Dip each item into the soapy water, one piece at a time. Rub it gently with a very soft cloth. If it is heavily ornamented and has many nooks and crannies, you may need to use a soft-bristled child’s toothbrush to get into them, but be sure to do this carefully and slowly. Rinse your gold gingerly with warm water until the water runs clear and there are no more visible suds. Polish and buff your item with a soft piece of fabric (such as chamois) before putting it away or wearing it.

Storing your pieces is also important for maintenance and preservation. As scratches and abrasions are commonly harmful to gold, it’s vital to store items separately so that they don’t rub up against each other. The best option is fabric lined jewelry boxes, but a shoebox lined with fabric can also work. Anti-tarnish strips placed among your items can help prevent damage by tarnishing. Keep a running list of your pieces and their value in the event of theft or loss.

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Intricate Gold StirlingTorc

This beautiful ancient gold piece combines Mediterranean designs with motifs that are more traditionally associated with the Iron Age. The creator and usage of the piece remains a mystery, as no other directly comparable pieces have been unearthed.

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What Is the Difference Between Platinum and Silver?

In appearance, and to the untrained eye, platinum and silver can seem almost identical. Due to their color, shine, and ubiquity worldwide, it is not surprising that mistakes are made in telling them apart. This can be dangerous and costly, as platinum is actually much more valuable than silver (and even more valuable than gold). Here are some ways to tell these two common precious metals apart.

1. Weight

Platinum and silver can be identified through their unique densities. If you are curious about an item, determine the water displacement and the weight of it. You can then come up with an equation that tells you the approximate amount of platinum present. Silver will be approximately 10 grams/cc, whereas platinum will be almost double at about 18 grams/cc.

2. Color

Despite having a similar appearance, there are slight variations between platinum and silver pieces in terms of color. Platinum has more of a white tint than silver. This whiteness gives it a unique, luminous sheen that is missing from silver. Silver has a duller color in comparison. It also will show a scratch from a fingernail, because it is softer than the other.

3. Durability

If you take care of your platinum item, it will keep its white bright appearance and will resist tarnishing. It has a very high melting point and will deflect cracking and corrosion. Take good care of your metal jewelry, whatever its worth, and you’ll cherish it for years. To learn where to buy jewelry in Vista, please visit this website.

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