Archive for January, 2010
The Symbolism of Gold
By admin January 29th, 2010
Gold has been part of the history of mankind since just after the Neolithic age, before recorded history. This beautiful colored metal has been cherished for so long. It is rich in symbolism for cultures past and present and still is.
While many people are turning now to wedding bands of platinum and titanium, gold wedding bands still hold its glittering place as the number one choice.
For some people and cultures gold represents sunshine and happiness. The alchemists who sought to turn lead (and other elements) into gold used the Chinese symbol of the sun, a dot enclosed in a circle, as the representation of gold. The sun is life, the sun is powerful, and gold is the color of the sun.
While gold was considered very plentiful in ancient Egyptian times it was still the chosen treasure to bury with the great Pharaohs to take to the God’s on the other side of the river.
Sacrifice and eternity are a part of gold’s appeal for many people. Gold in wedding rings represents eternal love and yet gold is also associated with evil.
The evil side of gold in nearly every religion or culture in the world is not so much about the gold itself but rather about man’s own greed. Without doubt there have been millions who have succumbed to the allure of gold, often at the peril of their own lives, the taking of other’s lives and the loss of their own humanity for the greed of wealth. Is it the allure of gold itself that makes it so wanted and precious, or simply the ‘wealth value’ man has placed upon it? Throughout history gold has continued to be precious although its monetary value rises and falls.
The bible shows gold as both evil and good. While it was evil to worship the golden calf (money rather than God), we also see in Revelations that the streets of Heaven itself will be made of gold.
India consumes around 25% of the world’s gold resources. It is sacred to most of the country’s main religions, and is perhaps the most precious gift man can find to offer a god – apart from the self.
It cannot simply be gold’s scarcity that has made it so revered and precious? There have been countries so rich in gold it was almost disposable like plastic is in our society now. Perhaps everyone sees something different in gold.
If you were to look on a dazzling array of perfectly formed gold bars sitting in a bank, do you see the beauty of gold or do you see wealth? When you see a well designed piece of gold jewelry do you see wealth or do you see beauty, or do you see both? What symbolic images does gold gilding in a book bring up for you?
It is not exactly a glass half-empty or half –full situation but what would you think if you found a gold ring while cleaning out the attic or basement? Would your thoughts be – oh that’s beautiful, I could keep it or maybe sell it to pay the bills? Or would your thoughts be – hey that looks like real gold I can get cash for gold, and its quite pretty too?
Gold has a special allure and affects all of us in different ways. What are your thoughts?
Gold Parties Are Simple, Fun, and Profitable!
By admin January 22nd, 2010
The era of Tupperware-style home parties is finally over! Gold parties are phenomenal because both host and guest actually earn money instead of spending it. In fact, gold parties sell absolutely nothing and hosts don’t even have to spend a dime to have a fun and successful party. Guests simply bring any unwanted or broken jewelry and leave with cash paid to them on the spot.
We take care of everything! A host only has to gather 5 or more friends and we’ll:
· Send out the invitations
· Provide delicious food and beverages
· And guarantee your guests will receive the highest payout for their gold
We Make Hosting Easy
Even better than not having to invest any money in throwing your party as host you will receive a 10% commission on all sales at your party. For throwing a gold party you can make $500-$2500 per party without laying out a dime! Also, you will earn extra commission when guests at your party sign up to throw their own Gold Party. At your gold party one of our professional jewelers will assess all items brought by your guests and within hours your guests will leave with cash.
No Pressure to Sell
We guarantee the highest payouts for your jewelry and complete customer satisfaction. We will appraise your gold with absolutely no pressure to sell. In most cases just finding out how much your valuables are actually worth is half the fun. Not to mention sharing memories associated with your jewelry. We reference a daily gold index each day to ensure you receive the most accurate and highest payouts for your gold.
Book Your Gold Party Today
If you are interested in hosting a gold party please fill out the Throw a Gold Party form or contact our Gold Party Coordinator Joyce at (516) 513-0830! We look forward to hearing from you!
Gold Coin Mystery
By admin January 21st, 2010
Every holiday season the Salvation Army collects millions to aid the poor and needy. Volunteers can often be heard ringing a bell before being seen beside their large red kettles. This past holiday season was a bit rough for the Salvation Army as donations were not as numerous as in the past, however, the mystery donation of gold coins have helped the charity come closer to its yearly goals.
Since 1982 the Salvation Army has mysteriously received a total of 307 gold coins in various kettles. Just this past holiday season gold coins worth over $1200 were found in kettles in Annapolis, York, and Farmington Hills. Many of the gold coins found in Salvation Army kettles have been South African gold krugerrands and Canadian coins. In most cases the gold coin is wrapped in a dollar bill and there are some accounts of the donor making an anonymous phone call to the charity informing it to expect a surprise.
People speculate that the gold coin donations are made by individuals who have benefitted from the charity in the past. Others suspect it is a publicity stunt created by the Salvation Army itself because the mystery donations usually occur when donations are lagging and the publicity gives the charity a boost in donations. In any case, the charity is always thankful for any donations and continues to try to solve the mystery behind the donation of gold coins.
The Wittelsbach Diamond
By admin January 20th, 2010
An interesting history lesson for all you readers out there!
When tracing the histories of famous diamonds it is not unusual to come across periods in which the diamond’s location becomes unknown or untraceable. Such is the case with the rare 35.52 carat, dark blue diamond known as the Wittelsbach diamond. After being taken from India to Europe in the 17th century it was given as a gift to the Infanta Margarita Teresa, the subject of numerous Velázquez paintings, by her father the king of Spain. The jewel was eventually part of the Bavarian and Austrian crown jewels until 1964 when it was scooped up by private hands and fell into obscurity.
After a sudden reappearance in 2008 the Wittelsbach diamond became known as the most ever paid for diamond at auction selling for $24.3 million. The billionaire buyer, Laurence Graff, has taken some heat for recutting the diamond to eliminate imperfections and in turn reducing the diamond from 35.52 to 31 carats. He also renamed the diamond to the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond. The Wittelsbach-Graff diamond will be on display at the Smithsonian Institute alongside the famous Hope Diamond until August 2010.
What Do We Buy At Gold Parties?
By admin January 19th, 2010
Below are the types of precious metals that we buy at our gold parties, and some information about each you may find helpful!
Gold can be found in a variety of colors and karats depending on the type and amount of metal that is mixed in with the pure gold to give it strength, durability, and color. Usually the item will be stamped with a karat # (10k, 14k, 18k, 22k), but if it isn’t we can determine the gold content (karat) through testing.
This is a white/silvery colored metal similar to that of white gold. It will be stamped with Plat950, 950, PT950, Platinum, PLAT, 5%Irid-Plat, 10% Irid-Plat, or Iridium Platinum. As with Gold, we will test the platinum so there is no need to worry should your piece not be stamped.
Silver pieces will be stamped Sterling, Sterl., 925, 950, 965, 999, 999 Fine, or Fine Silver. Many items such as dinnerware and household items are weighted which means they are hollow on the inside.
These items have no value and unfortunately we do not buy costume jewelry.
The Markings on Your Jewelry
On most items of jewelry you will find a marking or “stamp”. This corresponds to the metal content of the piece. On gold, the markings will generally be in percentages or karats, platinum will be marked as such, and silver will have sterling or sterling silver if it is pure silver.
- .977 = 22K
- .750 = 18K
- .585 = 14K
- .417 = 10K
- .375 = 9 K
- .333 = 8 K
MARKINGS THAT INDICATE NO GOLD CONTENT OR VALUE:
|Gold Filled (GF)
||Heavy Gold Plated (HE)
|Gold Plated (GP)
||10K Gold Filled (1/10) or (1/10 GF)
|Rolled Gold Plated (RGP)
||Gold Filled (1/20)
|Rolled Plated (RP)
MARKINGS THAT INDICATE NO SILVER CONTENT OR VALUE:
Long Island Mobile Gold Buying Service
By admin January 18th, 2010
If you live in Long Island, New York, we wanted to make you aware of a great new service being offered by one of our sister companies, The Gold Standard.
Long Island, New York’s biggest jewelery and gold buying company, The Gold Standard, is expanding its services by making available its mobile gold buying service. The LI service is straightforward in its purpose. If you’re looking to earn fast cash and have any broken, old, or unwanted gold, simply request the Gold Standard’s Long Island mobile gold buying service and a professional jeweler will come to you to appraise your gold and pay you on the spot! You’re required to do little more than gather up your dust-collecting jewelry and make one phone call!
The Gold Standard of Long Island’s mobile gold buying service will work to fit your schedule, and with seven locations across Long Island can be where you are in a flash. The jewelers at The Gold Standard are friendly, professional, honest, and fair. With a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and a 110% highest payouts for your gold in New York guarantee, the Gold Standard truly reflects excellence in customer service. To experience the convenience of the Long Island mobile gold buying service just call (516) 513-0830!
Uses and Applications of Gold
By admin January 16th, 2010
Gold Uses and Applications
Gold has been used throughout the world as a vehicle for monetary exchange. Gold has long been used as a mechanism that was used to accentuate power and respect. Inadvertently, in many prehistoric cultures gold was the only thing that symbolized their respect.
The amount of gold in the modern day world is finite. However, you will not hear about anyone digging for gold in this modern day and age. Gold mines and things of that nature have become a thing of the past, instead gold is used now for different decadent things, than opposed to just being a source of monetary exchange many years ago.
Pure gold is actually stated to be too soft to use for day to day monetary expenses. This particular type of pure gold has to be hardened utilizing other base metals in order to be operable at all. This method of hardening gold is referred to as alloying.
Gold content alloys are measured in carats. Pure gold is designated to be 24 carats. While, gold coins that were circulated for monetary exchanges, were made with a standard 22 carat alloy, and were avidly referred to as crown gold because of their hardness.
Today one of the most apparent uses for gold is in gold jewelry. The gold jewelry that you obtain for the purpose of wearing as a fashionable piece are available in lower alloys. Typically, you can obtain gold jewelry that is 22 carats, 18 carats, 14 carats or 10 carats. The lower the carat is the more copper was used in order to harden the material, and a very small amount of pure gold was actually used to make the jewelry.
Gold has also been used in many medicinal practices throughout its existence, and presently is still used for these same practices today in many different countries. During the medieval times people would avidly utilize gold for medicinal reasons. These people believed that nothing as beautiful as gold could have ever made it to the earth if it were not meant to be healthy and benefit mankind.
Gold alloys are still utilized today in many dentistry procedures. In fact, one thing that is catching on with gold alloys in your mouth are grills. These grills as they are called are simple gold outlines of your teeth that you can set on top of your teeth to give you a prestige appearance.
Gold can also be used in food and drinks. Gold is avidly utilized in many countries to give food as well as different drinks a decorative appearance. In the medieval times many kings and queens would not eat their food unless it was adorned with some kind of gold on top of it.
These days we also use gold in electronics as a main conductor of energy. Gold has many uses for our modern day existence; many people have just ceased to forget about all the great things that gold can inadvertently do for humanity.
Hi Joyce, I just wanted to tell you that, although we had a small group, we had such a good time at my Gold Party last night. My husband and I felt that Eric did such a great job and even my 13-year-old son was so impressed with the whole process and enjoyed being ''taught'' by Eric. I would love to schedule another party for mid-January and if possible, request Eric again.
--Karen R., New York
I was a little hesitant at first and didn't
know what to expect, but I’m so glad I got over my initial
hesitation! My friends had a great time and I made over
$1,800.00 in a night!
Jody, Atlanta, Georgia
Meet Joyce, Our Gold
My name is Joyce and I'm the Gold Party
Coordinator for Premiere Gold
Parties. You have my promise that I'll do everything I can
to make your party
fun, easy, and profitable! If you are interested in hosting
a gold party, call me at 516-513-0830 and let's talk! My
team of professional gold party planners handle all the
party planning so it's a lot easier than you think, and with
the price of gold at record-setting prices you can make a
lot more than you'd expect! Between the free food,
drinks, and leaving the party with cash, you'd be shocked at
how much fun a gold party can be! Call today and ask to
speak with "Joyce." I look forward to talking with you!