Getting to Know your Precious Metals


Platinum is one of the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust. It occurs in some nickel and copper ores along with some native deposits, mostly in South Africa, which accounts for 80% of the world production.
Platinum is generally non-reactive.
Remarkable resistance to corrosion.
It is not as toxic as some metals.
Platinum is an extremely rare metal.


Palladium is a soft silver-white metal that resembles platinum. It is the least dense and has the lowest melting point of the platinum group metals. It is soft and ductile when annealed and greatly increases it’s strength and hardness when it is cold-worked.
Palladium is lighter in weight.
Does not tarnish in the air.
Very rare but affordable metal.
Palladium does not need to be rhodium plated.
Palladium has been a precious metal since 1939
From January 2010 Palladium is now officially recognised as a precious metal.
Palladium is actually more rare than Gold.

White Gold

White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually nickel, manganese or palladium. Like yellow gold, the purity of white gold is given in carats. The term white gold is used very loosely in the jewellery industry to describe carat gold alloys with a whitish hue.
White gold is an alloy of gold.
White gold alloys made without nickel are less likely to be allergenic.
A common white gold formulation consists of 90% gold and 10% nickel

Yellow Gold

Pure gold has a bright yellow colour and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements solid under standard conditions.
Gold is a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal.
Gold is thought of as a soft metal.
Gold comes in 22ct, 18ct, 14ct or 9ct (carat).
Gold is the most malleable and ductile of all metals

Rose Gold

Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy widely used for specialized jewellery. It is also known as pink gold and red gold. As it was popular in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it is also known as Russian gold, however, this term is now obsolete.
A common formulation for red gold is 50% gold and 50% copper.
The highest carat version of rose gold is also known as crown gold, which is 22 carat.
Also known as pink gold and red gold.

You have 30,000 days. How will you spend yours?

I am a shy person in reality and used to worry about all kinds of things. There came a time in my life that I remember when I relaxed, calmed down and accepted life as it comes. For a couple of years I thought everything was against me, that was until my triplet daughters were born. I felt like someone was against me becoming a father. I read something online that said “There are 30,000 days in your life.” At first I didn’t think much of it, but then I worked out that I was already over 11,000 days into my. What the hell have I been doing?

The day my daughters were born I realized there are no practice runs, this is life! Each days that passes we can not take back, we always look too far ahead instead of enjoying the here and now. Every day we’re writing a few more words of a story. So from then on, I stopped trying to make my life perfect, and instead tried to make it interesting. When I die I want someone to say that Andrew’s life was an adventure — and that’s made all the difference.

I look forward to each day as it comes. My dad just celebrated his 92nd birthday. He is a great man. I respect him. He has enjoyed his life, telling us stories of the war. Live for today and not tomorrow or yesterday. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present. Make of it what you will.

Saturday 12th October WebCast with Giveaways

Make a note in your diary for this weekends WebCast. This month we are looking at the technique of Etching. We will be using Sterling Silver in our live Webcast showing you what equipment and tools you need for successful etching. As usual you can chat to us ‘live’ via our chat box during the WebCast.

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One last thing. We are giving away At The Bench mugs and At The Bench aprons during the webcast too. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to make sure you Share via Twitter and Facebook by clicking on the share buttons whilst you are registering and Following us. Then join us on Saturday in the chat box to see if you are a winner.