Learn about the various types of precious metals used in gemstone jewelry including rings, necklaces and more.

Jewelry Metals 101: Most Commonly Used Jewelry Metals

An overview of jewelry metals and those jewelry metals that are most common: gold, platinum, and silver.

Polishing Metals

A brilliant polish is the last and one of the most important steps in finishing a piece of fine jewelry. A high polish dazzles the eye and creates desire.

Soldering Precious Metals

Soldering is one of the most useful techniques a metal smith can have. It is used both to create new pieces and to repair damaged jewelry.

What is Pewter?

The basics of pewter as a precious metal.

Silver Marks: What are Coin, Sterling, Mexican, and German Silver?

Understanding the differences between coin silver, sterling silver, mexican silver, german silver, etc.

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Calculating the Karat Content of Gold and Interpreting Marks

This article will hep you understand how to calculate karat content of gold, what to watch out for, and what the various marks on gold jewelry mean.

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How to Calculate the Jeweler's Markup for Gold Jewelry

If you learn the meaning of the trade terms for gold weight and karat, you can calculate the gold content value of any item as well as the jeweler's markup.

Relationship Between the Price of Gold and the Price of Your Jewelry

Understanding how the price of an underlying jewelry metal, such as gold, impacts the price of your finished jewelry.

Skin Discoloration by Gold and Other Jewelry Metals

Why your skin gets discolored by certain jewelry metals, and what you can do about it.

Underkarating fraud in the jewelry trade

Underkarating is a fraudulent practice whereby a jeweler represents a piece of jewelry or gold as containing more precious metal than it actually does.

Robert casts some Platinum

This is a quickie, the day the Kraft Masters were setting up Robert who is the plant manager at Precious Metals West cast a platinum ring he was working on.

Precious Metal Clay with Carl Stanley Part #2

Precious Metal Clay with Carl Stanley Part #2. Precious clay does not require the skills of traditional jewelry making, there is no soldering, or forging,.

Precious Metal Clay with Carl Stanley

Precious Metal Clay is just what it sounds like. It is fine silver (or gold) ground extremely small and suspended in a binder to create a clay.

Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques with James Binnion

Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques with James Binnion. This is a very old technique of fusing various different metals together using pressure and heat.

Milling Platinum Sterling - A New Alloy

Milling Platinum Sterling-A New Alloy. This year at Kraftwerks the refiners of a brand new alloy were there to demonstrate this new and interesting metal.

Casting Platinum Sterling - A New Alloy

This brand new alloy is called Platinum Sterling, and is mostly fine silver with a modifier of Platinum in it (4-6%). There is also a small amount of copper.