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Precious Metals Essentials

precious metals gold ingots
A collection of solid gold ingots.

Welcome to our Precious Metals Education Section. Precious metals are the foundation of all jewelry. The best-known and most popular precious metals are gold, silver, and platinum. Each of these “ noble metals ” has specific properties.

“A Goldsmith in His Shop” by Petrus Christus, 1449.


Jewelers are able to shape precious metals into exquisite forms, flatten them into wafer-thin sheets, and pull them into wires as slender as a thread. They can be melted, poured, cast into molds, carved and engraved. From the ancient past to the present, precious metals have fed our passion for beauty, design, and invention.


To learn more about each metal and browse our topics, please navigate the menus on the right.


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