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PRECIOUS METALS 101

GOLD

Gold is one of the most precious metals in the world.  It is a chemical element with the symbol  AU and an atomic number of 79.  Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, malleable and ductile metal.  Pure gold has a bright yellow color and luster which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water.

Gold has been a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal for coinage, jewelry and other art forms.  Gold also has its role and practical uses in dentistry and electronics.

Gold is the most malleable and ductile of all metals.  In fact, a single gram can be beaten into  a sheet of one square meter!

Like other precious metals, gold is measured by troy weight and grams.  When it is “alloyed” or mixed with other metals, the term “Karat” is used to indicate the purity of the gold present.  24 Karat gold is the purest and the lower ratings such as 18, 12 and 10 are less pure.

Since April 2001, the gold price has quintupled in value against the U.S. Dollar.  The gold market is the ultimate market to invest, buy or sell.

GOLD AT YOUR SERVICE

The price of gold has consistently increased at a rate that defies inflation.  We will get you the best price for your gold, whether it be jewelry, coins, or anything else containing gold!

PLATINUM

Platinum is a chemical element with the symbol Pt.  It is a dense, malleable, ductile, precious gray-white transition metal.  Platinum is one of the rarest elements in the earth’s crust and is found mainly in South Africa.  South Africa accounts for 80 percent of the world production of platinum.

Considered a “noble metal,”  platinum exhibits a remarkable resistance to corrosion at high temperatures.

Platinum can be found in things like jewelry, dentistry equipment, laboratory equipment and electrical contacts.

Since only a few hundred tons are produced annually, platinum is a scarce material which is highly valuable and is a major precious metal commodity.

PLATINUM AT YOUR SERVICE

Similar to gold, platinum prices continue to soar in today’s market.  Bring your valuables and we will give you the highest price for your platinum.  With our sophisticated technology, we can test your platinum, giving you the peace of mind that you get the optimal price $$$$.

SILVER

Silver is a metallic chemical element with the symbol AG.  A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element.  It also has the highest thermal conductivity of any metal.

The metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form (native silver), as an alloy with gold and other metals and minerals.  Most silver is produced as a byproduct of copper, gold, lead and zinc refining.

How is silver a precious metal?  Many well known uses of silver involve its precious metal properties which include currency, decorative items and mirrors.

Jewelry and silverware are traditionally made of sterling silver, also known as “standard silver.”  Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper.  Sterling silver is harder than pure silver and has a lower melting point of 893 degrees.

Silver has been used for thousands of years for ornaments, utensils, for trade and as a basis for many monetary systems.  While its value was long considered second only to gold, silver is highly valuable and is a major precious metal commodity.

SILVER AT YOUR SERVICE

Silver prices are at a record high.  Bring in your sterling silver, flatware, jewelry coins or anything else containing silver.  Depending on the weight of your items, we will offer you a price that can’t be beat!