Jewelry Metals


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

How to Calculate the Gold Markup for Jewelry

How to Calculate the Gold Markup for Jewelry

Learn the meaning of the trade terms for gold weight and karat, so you can calculate the gold content value...
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Testing Gold Karatage and Interpreting Marks

Testing Gold Karatage and Interpreting Marks

How can you determine the gold karatage of an item and learn if it’s gold-filled or plated? This simple technique...
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Jewelry Silver Content

Jewelry Silver Content

For jewelry use, silver is often mixed with other metals. Learn how silver content varies between alloys and how to...
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Polishing Metals: An Introduction

Polishing Metals: An Introduction

Getting a brilliant polish is one of the most important steps to finishing fine jewelry. Learn the tools and techniques...
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Soldering Precious Metals

Soldering Precious Metals

Soldering is one of the most useful techniques a metal smith can have. It is used both to create new...
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Jewelry Metals 101: Gold, Silver, and Platinum

Jewelry Metals 101: Gold, Silver, and Platinum

Gold, silver, and platinum are the most commonly used jewelry metals. Learn about their physical properties, alloys, and history.
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An Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Jewelry

An Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Jewelry

Precious metal clay is just what it sounds like: fine silver or gold ground extremely small and suspended in a...
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What is Pewter?

The basics of pewter as a precious metal.
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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...
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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.
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Skin Discoloration by Gold and Other Jewelry Metals

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

Robert Casting Platinum

This is a quickie, the day the Kraft Masters were setting up Robert who is the plant manager at Precious...
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Milling Platinum Sterling (A New Alloy)

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...
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Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques

Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques

Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques with James Binnion. This is a very old technique of fusing various different metals together using pressure...
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Casting Platinum Sterling - A New Alloy

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