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White Gold vs. Platinum

June 29, 2013

White Gold Diamond Ring

White gold and platinum are two common settings for wedding and engagement rings, and while their coloring is similar, the two metals have very distinct characteristics that make them far from interchangeable. In order to help consumers make more informed decisions, Ira Weissman, founder of TruthAboutDiamonds.com, recently outlined some of the advantages and disadvantages of

Is it Time to Sell Your Gold?

June 5, 2013

Gold Coins at the Tower of London

by Amber Zhai Some Wall Street analysts are calling it the end of the golden age…of gold. The recent decline in the price of gold—down 17 percent only two years after it hit its nominal peak—has caught gold bugs and small gold investors off-guard. In the face of the recent financial crisis (when it seemed

Reconsidering and Redefining the Gold Standard

May 15, 2013

United States Bullion Depository

by Alex Francis Despite the fact that President Richard Nixon unceremoniously and unilaterally moved the United States away from the gold standard in 1971, murmurs of returning to it have never quite died down. A committee was formed to reevaluate the situation as early as 1981, and members of the Republican party have proposed moving

Earthquakes Turn Water into Gold

May 1, 2013

Gold Nugget

by Amber Zhai According to a new study in Nature Geoscience, earthquakes turn fluid-filled rock fractures in the earth’s surface called faults into potentially bountiful gold deposits—once again proving that there is no greater alchemist than Mother Nature herself. It is well-known that much of the world’s gold has been found in quartz veins that

How Much Gold has been Mined in the World?

April 16, 2013

Pile of Gold

by Alex Francis If you are in possession of any gold earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or even bars, you may want to start taking stock. Jason Notte raised an interesting question on MSN’s moneyNOW last week: If you could collect all of the mined gold in the world into a single pile, how big would it

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