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About Gold, Platinum and More
Precious metals are the backbone for the bulk of our jewelry. Use this guide to learn about gold, silver, platinum and other precious metals that you’ll encounter when you shop for jewelry.
- Gold Facts You Should Know
- Platinum Basics
- Sterling Silver Advice and Care
- Why Metals Discolor Your Skin
Gold and Gold Jewelry – Gold Facts and Buying Advice
Pure gold is very soft and not suitable for most types of jewelry. Learn how we’ve overcome that obstacle and how the solution impacts the color, durability, and pricing of our gold.
- Gold Education: This information explains the differences in gold karat measurements. Learn how added metals affect durability and change the color of gold. Basic care instructions are included.
- Jewelry Manufacturing Terminology: Learn the differences between the gold-filled, gold-plate, gold-electroplate, and other terms you might see when shopping for gold jewelry.
- Old Gold and New: A Lapidary Journal feature about gold and the attraction we’ve had to it since ancient times.
- What is White Gold?: Find out how the yellow color of gold is camouflaged by adding other metals. One of the most commonly used metals could cause health problems for some individuals.
- Why Does White Gold Turn Yellow?: Find out what gives your “white” gold its color and learn why the color can appear to change.
- Black Hills Gold: Legend says that a French goldsmith named Henri LeBeauold first created this jewelry after a dream. Traditional pieces are designs of leaves, grape clusters, and vines, and are made with a combination of green, rose, and yellow gold.
- American Gold Rush Classic: This company offers a large selection of Black Hills Gold jewelry.
- Black Hills Gold: Learn the legend behind this popular and unique type of gold jewelry. Find out what the term “Black Hills Gold” really means.
- Gold Mining: Take a virtual tour of America’s gold mining past and find the best towns to visit for an in-person look.
- Discovery of Gold In California: A first-hand account by Gen. John A. Sutter, co-owner of the sawmill on the American Fork River where James Marshall discovered gold nuggets in 1848. His discovery was the beginning of the California Gold Rush.
Precious Metal Clay Jewelry – Facts About Precious Metal Clay, PMC
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) can be molded and worked just like natural clay, but it is a manufactured product that contains precious metal powders in an organic binder, which disappears when heated in a kiln, leaving only the metal. This guide to PMC helps you appreciate the steps a designer must take to create PMC jewelry.
- JARhead Jewels: PMC pendants that can be inscribed with up to 125 characters of a text of your choice.
- Precious Metal Clay: An explanation of precious metal clay from the American Society of Silversmiths.
- Purple Cloud Studio: Michele C. Palenik works primarily in fused glass. She also creates jewelry from PMC. Take a look at her lovely jewelry.
- The Alchemy of Precious Metal Clay: This article about precious metal clay includes photos of many pieces of jewelry made from it. An excellent article with detailed (but understandable) information. It helps us appreciate the work of jewelry artisans. From Lapidary Journal.
Platinum and Platinum Jewelry – Metals in the Platinum Family
Platinum is one of the most popular choices for jewelry settings. Other metals in the platinum family iridium, palladium, rhodium, osmium and ruthenium. Use this guide to learn more about the platinum family of metals.
- Enter Platinum: The qualities we admire in platinum are one of the reasons the metal wasn’t widely used until the 18th and 19th centuries. The Professional Jeweler explains.
- Palladium – Chemical Fact Sheet: This technical description of palladium includes some bits that are of interest even to the non-techie crowd.
- Rhodium: A description of rhodium and its varied uses.
- Vanishing Palladium: The use of palladium in jewelry peaked during World War II when platinum was a strategic metal–so unavailable. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of palladium jewelry, and how much of it might be mislabeled as platinum today.
Sterling Silver Jewelry
Explore silver and sterling silver and learn to care for your sterling silver jewelry.
- Silver Marks: Hallmarks identify the maker of the piece and often provide details about the metals that were used and the era the piece dates from. Hallmarks are an important research tool for silver collectors.
- Silver Mine: Silver Mine is an online resource for collectors of (mainly) antique British Sterling Silver.
- Spratling Silver – Hallmarks: An informative discussion of a large number of marks used to identify Spratling Silver. Graphics illustrate each hallmark described.
- History of Spratling Silver: In 1931 William Spratling breathed new life into the silver industry of Taxco, Mexico. Read about the history of Spratling Silver and view photos of some of these collectible items.
- Precious Metals Test: Geared to silversmiths but includes several questions of general interest. Pull down the box under each question to read the correct answer.
- Sterling Silver: Find out what sterling silver is composed of and why it is a good choice for jewelry.