Category Archives: Platinum

Working with platinum (Part 3)

It’s not difficult, just different Part 3 of 3 By Jurgen J. Maerz The finishing of platinum jewellery requires some preparation and several additional steps, compared to gold and silver. For instance, platinum prongs on a gold ring must be … Continue reading

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Working with platinum (Part 2)

It’s not difficult, just different Part 2 of 3 By Jurgen J. Maerz Platinum/cobalt (Pt/Co) and platinum/iridium (Pt/Ir) are the most common alloys for casting. In the case of Pt/Co, cobalt acts as a grain refiner and gives this alloy … Continue reading

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Working with platinum (Part 1)

It’s not difficult, just different Part 1 of 3 By Jurgen J. Maerz The price of platinum compared to gold has helped turn more consumers on to taking their jewellery up a notch, particularly in the bridal category. And while … Continue reading

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VicenzaOro ‘Choice’ 2011 (Part 4)

Part 4 of 4 By Jacquie De Almeida Diversification is one concept retailers themselves have embraced over the last few years. Silver sales in the last three years have soared, as did cost of the metal. The comparatively low cost … Continue reading

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VicenzaOro ‘Choice’ 2011 (Part 3)

Part 3 of 4 By Jacquie De Almeida The sky-high cost of gold and diamonds continues to be the main cause for concern for exhibitors at VicenzaOro’s ‘Choice’ and About J, said Valentina Borri, brand manager for Stefan Hafner. Both … Continue reading

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VicenzaOro ‘Choice’ 2011 (Part 2)

Part 2 of 4 By Jacquie De Almeida The mood at VicenzaOro ‘Choice’ and About J appeared upbeat, with few expressing anxiety about Italy facing its own financial problems. (Italy is Europe’s third-largest economy.) The growing crisis in the Euro … Continue reading

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