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Sell With a Story: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

As a child watching The Wizard of Oz in years, I was too mesmerized by the wonder of Dorothy finding herself in a magical new world to take in all the details. Emerald City? That I understood. Ditto for her Ruby Slippers. But yellow bricks? Only years later, watching the movie for the who-knows-how-many-times, did I realize that the bricks were gold. Ah, looking back, it’s clear the yellow brick road didn’t just lead to the Emerald City. It was priceless in its own right — the ultimate symbol of luxury, the substance of dreams.

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Goldrush

Dorothy was far from the only person to follow a golden road. Throughout history, gold discoveries have launched rushes across continents, up towering mountains, or distant streams and rivers. When we look at Renaissance portraits of current fashion magazines, we see gold everywhere — particularly yellow. Most people can tell you they love gold — whether yellow, white, or rose — and why, but few know much about its long, illustrious history.

Walk Back Along the Yellow Brick Road 

We all know the vital role gold plays in the jewelry industry, but did you know our hominid ancestors — perhaps Neanderthals — discovered gold 40,000 years ago? This came to light when anthropologists and archaeologists studied ancient artifacts and paintings in Spanish caves, dating these treasures back 40 millennia. Among them, they discovered small gold nuggets. This rich yellow metal no doubt mesmerized those who first laid eyes on it as it has ever since.

In Days Long Past

In 5000 BCE, the Egyptians used electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver ore, to make jewelry for both men and women. By 3000 BCE, gold jewelry appeared among the ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia. In 2600 BCE, this same region produced the earliest example of lost wax casting, a funerary decoration for a long-ago queen. By 2500 BCE, gold chains emerged in the Sumerian city of Ur. And at this same time, the Egyptians discovered a wealth of techniques: filigree, granulation embossing, chasing, inlaying, molding, and engraving. South America’s Chavin culture used these techniques by 1200 BCE.

A Death Mask

Gold “death masks” originated in Ancient Egypt, where they believed the mask would help the deceased find their body in the afterlife. The most famous of these is King Tutankhamun. In the 18th century, a gold death mask was discovered in a mining shaft in southwestern Greece, known as Mycenae. Even though the mask pre-dated the Trojan War by 400 years, it was named the Mask of Agamemnon.

Did He Exist?

Agamemnon, the King of Ancient Mycenae, may or may not have lived outside Greek mythology, tragedies, and Homer’s Illiad. In mythology, he led the Greek army to the Trojan Wars, accompanying his brother Menelaus, Helen of Troy’s husband. But we have yet to make a specific match to a historical figure. The lesson learned? Mycenae was believed to be rich in gold. The mask and numerous decorative gold items discovered there indicate this was true.

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The Nazca civilization near the Peruvian coast perfected lost-wax casting around 500 BCE. This should come as no surprise because South America was rich in gold and silver, and a number of its ancient societies were highly sophisticated. 

Does the Sun Cry?

South America’s great Inca civilization believed it did. They considered gold as the “tears of the sun.” Can you imagine a more beautiful description? If so, please share it below. For me, this gorgeous image does justice to the precious metals, almost unearthly beauty.

Dorothy Got It Right

Between the Emerald City and the Ruby slippers, Dorothy knew how to pick the perfect gems to pair with gold. Centuries ago, when miners in Burma’s Mogok Valley discovered Pigeon Blood Ruby, the king had it set in 24K gold starting a tradition. Pigeon Blood — the finest shade of Ruby — has blue/purple undertones and the brilliant yellow of 24K cancels them out. This creates a peerless, vivid red, one of the most challenging shades to achieve.

Similarly with Emerald, high karat yellow gold enlivens Emerald’s brilliant green displaying it in its full glory. 

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Yellow gold also works magically with Alexandrite, Garnet, Pearl, Amethyst, and Sapphire.

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Forever and Ever

I’m skipping over a long period from the Middle Ages through to the present. I’ll have to write another blog focusing on those lustrous years. Today we use gold for everyday jewelry, custom designs, sophisticated showstoppers, cocktail rings, and so much more. 

Perhaps the biggest gold category is bridal — engagements, anniversary and eternity bands, and wedding bands. It makes perfect sense. Because gold doesn’t corrode, ancient cultures considered it “immortal” — like the love a couple vows to live. We say, “till death do us part,” but love lives on in the hearts of all those whose lives the couple touches — forever and ever.


To learn more about Stuller’s precious metal offerings, visit our website!

If you enjoyed this historical look at gold, view some more of our Sell With A Story blog posts.

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Sell With A Story: Diamond History

Sell With A Story: How Are Pearls Formed?




Merry Metals: Prepare Now for the January Repair Rush

Are we really just 37 days from Christmas? There’s no doubt about it. And as each passing day unwinds ever faster, Stuller will get you what you need just in time.  

So far in our Facebook Live series, we’ve talked about jewelry, bridal, and findings. In this week’s episode, we’re talking about fabricated metals with Kurt Jagneaux. He’s one of our metals gurus who happens to be Executive Director of Production Operations for Metals. Watch and listen while he discusses the merry metal products you’ll need now and come January when repairs begin in earnest. 



Experience Matters 

Thirty-five years ago, Kurt was a welder by trade when a friend who worked at Stuller told him he might enjoy working there with precious metals. That’s how his Stuller adventure began. “When I started at Stuller, we were smaller, and I like to think I’ve grown along with the company. I’ve certainly learned a whole lot about precious metals, and perhaps most importantly, I’ve had to come up with solutions to the inevitable challenges that come when working with precious metals.” In short, working with these metals involves as much art as science.

Down to the Wire 

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And on the subject of time, Kurt says, “We fabricate more than 95% of our product here in our Lafayette, Louisiana manufacturing facility. So, during the holidays, we can get what you need fast, offering next day delivery on anything in stock. Our 40 different metal alloys produce about 5,000 SKUs, and at any given time, we have a lot of those available for shipping.”

January Repairs 

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Kurt mentions that this metals information will be just as relevant come January when repairs take center stage. “That’s one of our two busiest months,” he adds. “We’ll be ready with the sizing stock, solder, laser wire, wire, sheet, and much more, so you can take care of business with ease.” 

SCS Certified 100% Recycled Metals (SCS: Scientific Certification System) 

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Kurt talks about the growing importance of sustainable metals, “Our customers want this information because even if their customers don’t ask, sustainability is a strong selling point. Over the years I’ve been here, I’ve seen the sustainability issue evolve, and it’s here to stay.” 
 

Environmental and Social Responsibility 

Stuller’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility includes using 100% SCS-certified recycled metals. Our Clean Scrap program offers another path to sustainability. “With Clean Scrap, customers can recycle their precious metals and diamonds choosing from three payout possibilities. As a matter of fact, right now through November 30th, we have a fantastic promotion going on,” Kurt says. “You’ll receive 100% payout on your Stuller account. That’s credit you can put towards new product for your cases.”  
 

Determining Precious Metal Content 

How do we make this determination for Clean Scrap? “Historically, fire assay is the most important method,” Kurt says. “But sometimes we use x-ray certification. This method bounces beams off the various elements in the metal to provide a breakdown. If customers request this method, we use it, and the same goes when we’re backed up in fire assay.”  

COMEX Gold Bar Supplier 

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For those of you interested in investing in gold, we sell COMEX gold bars. COMEX stands for the Commodity Exchange, and the bars have to be 99.9% pure gold.

Custom Stampings 

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“We’re very excited to offer custom stampings thanks to new design technology,” Kurt says. “In the past, this wasn’t possible because you had to order dozens to make it affordable. Today, you can send us any type of file, and we can convert it to create one or more custom stampings. It’s an excellent way for you to offer pendants, earrings, and charms exclusive to your business.” 

Speaking of Time 

We want to remind you that during the holiday season, we’ll have extended hours on Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM along with our regular Monday to Friday 8 AM to 7 PM. Don’t forget you can place orders on Stuller.com 24/7 — it’s always open for business. We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. 

Join us next week when we’ll talk about Holiday Social Media Tips that will help you turn pictures into big sales.


Want to learn more? Check out these other blogs that give you a deeper look into Stuller Metals.

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Introducing the 2020-2021 Stuller Findings and Metals Catalog




Celebrate BeyDay with Styles Fit for Queen Bey Herself

The Beyhive is buzzing as we are bowing down in celebration of the flawless Queen Bey’s birthday. For 39 years, Beyoncé has graced the world with stellar performances, empowering music, and jaw-dropping style. Those who have been long-time fans of the Houston-native musical icon look back on various phases of her career and reminisce – her time with Destiny’s Child, the creation of everyone’s favorite alter ego Sasha Fierce, the love story between her and her husband Jay Z, the feeling of confidence you got when singing Single Ladies at the top of your lungs, the birth of Blue Ivy, the iconic gold Peter Dundas gown that highlighted her baby bump at the Grammy’s, performing at Coachella shortly after giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir.

Not only has Bey created memorable musical moments for us over the years, she is also known for her impeccable style and striking jewelry selections. Her looks are always blowing us away – from beautiful diamond pieces and gold that could break your heart to cutting-edge, fashionable hoop earrings and gorgeous emeralds. If you want your customers to stun the masses like Bey, be sure to suggest styles that allow them to be bold, be confident, and be noticed. Want some inspiration? Check out some of our favorite pieces that will make you want to put a ring on it.

Big, Bold, Beautiful Diamonds

Diamonds certainly are Beyoncé’s best friend. From being sewn into clothing – such as the black diamond dress from her Formation World Tour – to being used in jewelry settings that are the talk of town, like the Messika silk tie diamond necklace from her performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, her approach to utilizing diamonds in fashion is inspiring and eye-catching. Nothing grabs attention quite like a beautiful diamond and we are crazy in love with them.

While having entire garments made of diamonds isn’t the goal for the average customer, suggest sporting elegant Lab-Grown Diamond Earrings (653632) or a stunning Diamond Pavé Ball Pendant (653709) to let your customer feel big, bold, and beautiful.

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Stylized Gold

Various metals will come in and out as trends, but gold will always be in style. Beyoncé left a lasting impression with gold during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Not only did she rock the gold Dundas gown, but she was also adorned with an intricate gold choker, golden hoop earrings, and an assortment of bangles on each arm. Not to mention the giant gold headdress complete with a halo.

Adding gold to your customer’s ensemble will help them complete any look, both casual and formal. Stuller’s Old World Globe Necklace (87532) can brighten anyone’s day and make them feel like they run the world.

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Hoop Statement Earrings

The Queen Bey is known for her accessories that make a statement and grab attention. One of our favorite looks are her hoop earring choices. For example, in 2017, she attended a Bruno Mars concert shortly after giving birth to her twins, Rumi and Sir. She wore a set of gold hoop earrings with the word “chunky” placed on them. Women’s bodies are often scrutinized after giving birth, but Beyoncé had a body positive message to love your body because it is golden.

Encourage your customers to get their own hoops that make them feel golden with our gorgeous Flexible Endless Hoop Earrings (52243). Pair them with any item from our Petite Pavé Dangle Collection for a unique statement piece.

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Large, Elegant Emeralds

You won’t only see Bey wearing dazzling diamonds. Another gemstone she keeps prominent in her collection is emeralds. One of our most memorable moments includes her diamond and emerald baubles valued at $10 million that she wore to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards where she won “Best R&B Performance” for her song Drunk in Love. Let’s also not forget the emerald Lorraine Schwartz earrings and ring valued at $2.5 million she wore when she sang the National Anthem at President Obama’s Inauguration in 2013. These pieces are in our sweet dreams and we are green with envy.

Your customers could add a touch of emerald to their ensemble at a great price point with an Emerald Petite Dome Ring (72173) from 302® Fine Jewelry. While not the flashy-sized emeralds donned by Beyoncé, this sleek and modern emerald ring is rising in style and popularity. It’s the “little something extra” Queen Bey would be proud of.

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These styles are truly irreplaceable and always fill us with inspiration. Happy Birthday, Beyoncé. Stay fierce until the end of time.

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Which Jewelry Cleaner Should I Use?

Think of when you went above and beyond for someone— or when someone went above and beyond for you. It’s always special to leave an interaction feeling like the other party was invested in your happiness and overall experience. And when our expectations are surpassed, the sentiment sticks long after.

Now apply this idea to your business. When closing the sale, it’s easy to take that extra step and offer your customers jewelry care products that will keep those pieces clean once they leave the store.  Think about it:  consumers purchase stainless steel cleaner for their appliances and hardwood cleaner for their floors. It only makes sense they want to purchase specific jewelry cleaner for their precious jewelry.

Take a look at the different jewelry care products to offer your customers to help keep all of their jewelry clean.

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Pre-clean with foam

Not only is the Klean Karats Foaming Jewelry cleaner an option for customers, but it’s also handy for jewelers as well.   We suggest pre-cleaning your customer’s jewelry with the foam cleaner before putting it in your ultrasonic or using your steam cleaner.  Why would we suggest this?   Simple-the concentrated cleaner in the form of foam is incredibly efficient. The surface area of the cleaner increases as it forms a bubble so that it can disperse over a greater area without slipping off the piece of jewelry.

The Foaming Jewelry Cleaner is safe for diamonds, all metals and gems including pearls, and delicate stone such as opal, turquoise, and lapis.  Sold in a pack of 10, the 1.7-ounce bottle is also a perfect size for travel.

*Always test a small area before doing a full cleaning.

Gifting Clean

If your customers travel often, or for those always wanting to go the extra mile, Klean Karats® Cleaner Pens are the perfect option. They are easy to travel with and help customers keep their jewelry clean at all times.

Sold in a pack of 10, the pens are safe and effective on all metals and gems including soft, porous stones like pearls and opal. The only exceptions are Amber and Ethiopian Opals. It can even be used on costume and antique jewelry pieces.  It’s also incredibly easy to use and stays clean since the formula stays on the brush.

Soak It Up

If a customer is looking for a more immersive cleaning option at home, the Klean Karats® Jewelry Bath will do the trick.  This non-toxic biodegradable jewelry cleaner is safe for gold, silver, and platinum jewelry.  It’s also safe on most gemstones including pearls and delicate stones like opal and turquoise. The only exceptions are Amber and Ethiopian Opals

Sold in a pack of 12, easily prepare the bath by adding water to the concentrate packet into the jar.  Be sure to test first on jewelry that has dyed pearls or stones, since some of these treatments aren’t permanent.

Shop all of our jewelry cleaners and cloths on Stuller.com.


This blog has been updated from a previous post.




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Earth Day 2020 and Stuller’s Commitment to Sustainability

As Stuller celebrates 50 years in the industry, another huge milestone is being celebrated: Earth Day, created 50 years ago today. Since that day in 1970, nearly 200 countries have joined the continuing effort to protect the environment through education and grassroots activism.   

Take a look at the first ever Earth Day celebrations:

Today marks the perfect time to look back on our history and the numerous milestones we’ve achieved. Among them, we’re proud to have earned the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Certification in 2019. 

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RJC certifies fine jewelry manufacturers for responsible ethical, social, and environmental practices throughout all operations. And just like other RJC members, Stuller commits to implementing continuous improvement processes to increase performance and achieve higher standards.

Read more about our RJC certification.

 

We are also proud to use 100% recycled materials in our manufacturing processes and are certified by SCS Global Services. According to the SCS website, “SCS is accredited to conduct RJC Code of Practices and Chain-of-Custody verification assessments.”   

SCS Recycled ContentSCS certification ensures recycled metals are used while conflict metals and other questionable materials are avoided. Stuller is honored to be a user and supplier of certified 100% recycled fine gold, fine silver, palladium, and platinum. Learn more about RJC, SCS, and Stuller’s commitment to ethical sourcing and fair trade practices.

Read more about Stuller’s efforts to be a certified recycled metals source.

 

At Stuller, we are committed to ethical sourcing and environmental sustainability in all aspects of our operations. Aside from using and offering recycled metals, we adhere to strict guidelines when it comes to sourcing diamonds and gemstones.  Gemstone Experience on Stuller.com Social Share

Stuller uses several practices to ensure the integrity of the gemstones we purchase, and we believe in creating an open dialogue about gemstone sourcing to be as transparent and trustworthy as possible. We work with trusted partners, visit our suppliers and cutters overseas to ensure proper procedures are being followed, and transparently disclose any treatment our stones have undergone.

When it comes to Stuller Diamonds™, we commit to upholding the highest ethical standards in the diamond industry through our membership with the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America (DMIA). SWAS Diamond History Social Share

We are committed to selling conflict-free, ethically sourced diamonds, and all rough and polished natural mined diamonds sold by Stuller comply with the Kimberly Process.

Learn more about our diamond and gemstone sourcing here.

 

Our efforts go beyond the jewelry industry. We are also environmentally conscious throughout all of our facilities. Check out the video below to learn more about how we do our part within Stuller’s headquarters.

Since 1970, Stuller has worked hard to advance the jewelry industry by keeping sight of our main focus: jewelers. As we look to the next 50 years, and another 50 years of celebrating Earth Day, we will continue to look for ways to offer an even deeper impact to sustainability and environmental consciousness. 


How do you plan on celebrating Earth Day this year? Let us know in the comments below!




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Sell your scrap metal with Stuller’s Clean Scrap Program

We’ve previously discussed why you should take the proper steps to recover gold sweeps to sell for extra profit. With gold at a market high, now is the perfect time to turn a profit on your scrap metal and boost your bottom line.

If you have bench filings, grindings, or other scrap metal lying around, our Clean Scrap Program offers you a quick, easy way to convert your metal and get paid in the way that’s right for you.

Why you should process your scrap with Stuller 

Honest payouts, reasonable rates, and low minimum volume required

Through this program, we offer expert melting services to help you be more profitable. We’ll make sure you receive a fair payout for your scrap metal.

You do not need to submit large metal quantities, and we offer low rates for processing.

Quick settlement and payout

From the moment we receive your gold, our team works quickly to process your order, come to a settlement, and get you paid — at up to 98% of the metal’s worth. 

When we receive your shipment, we verify the product and then melt it for analysis in our Assay Lab. You can learn more about the verification process along with the processes performed by our technicians in the video below.

Stuller pays market value for your precious metal scrap. You’ll receive payment in your choice of check, electronic payment, or Stuller account credit. If you select the account credit payment option, you’ll receive free processing for your gold and silver metal scrap.  

You can also choose to apply your payout directly to your Stuller bill.

Wide assortment of products

When you choose the account credit payment option, you have more than 200,000 products available to purchase.

Easy online experience

Our Clean Scrap web page has all you need: the packing slip form, a calculator to estimate your payment, and a breakdown of fees and payout options to suit your needs.

The video below further details how easy it is to send your metal scrap to Stuller. 


Have you ever taken advantage of our Clean Scrap Program? Let us know about your experience in the comments below! 




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How to Maximize Your Gold Recovery Returns

Dust in your store can reap unexpected rewards. In day-to-day activities like buffing, polishing, grinding, and so on, fine metal dust spreads around your workspace.

Collecting this accumulation of dust and precious metal amounts to a considerable return that can put money back in your pocket.

Here are a few easy ways to get the most out of your gold recovery:

Keep It Inside

A bench mat is essential to keeping your workspace clean and tidy. This can help to collect small bits of precious metals and prevents debris from falling onto the floor and getting scattered.

Also, the sticky adhesive of a Gold Mat placed at the entrance/exit of your work area will capture bits of gold and precious metal, helping you gather the tiny fragments on the bottom of your shoes.

TIP: To maximize your returns, keep different grades of metal scraps separated for refining.

Keep Your Sweeps

Keep cutoff/separating wheel pieces, old flex-shaft buffs, brushes, etc. and throw them in with the floor sweeps.

  • Designate filings and trimmings from stone setting and seat cutting, for example, as clean filings.
  • Use your bench mat to collect finishing wheel debris, buffings, pumice wheel, and other pre-finishing wheel debris. Keep this separate from your clean filings.
  • Keep old buffing wheels, used sandpaper, and anything else you think might contain gold. It probably does!

Buy a Dust Collector

Rather than a traditional vacuum cleaner, use a Variable Speed Dust Collector with disposable bags to vacuum shop floors. This ensures the collection of 99.9% of debris and traps particles (down to 0.3 microns in size) in its collection chambers.

Save the filled bags, and keep them with your floor sweeps. These bags can contain a substantial amount of gold in the form of small solder snippings, filings, cut-off disc powders, small pieces from ring sizing, etc. that can all be sent to your refiner.

TIP: Vacuum your buffer daily. It helps keep the shop neat and decreases buffing dust from falling to the floor.

Don’t Forget the Ultrasonic Solution

Use a rinse bucket to rinse items coming from the ultrasonic. Also, bottle your old ultrasonic solution, settle it out, and pour off the clear top liquids. The sludge can be dried out and returned to your refiner with the buffing dust. Yield is typically about the same as buffing dust.

Drain Sweeper Installation

Don’t let your gold wash down the drain!

By investing in a drain sweeper, you can capture precious metal sediment that would otherwise be flushed down the pipes.

A Stuller tools study revealed that after nearly six weeks of using the drain sweeper, 0.082 ounces of gold were recovered, equating to roughly $77.67 at $947.25 gold. A product like this will pay for itself.

Crucible Care is Crucial

If you cast, rinse out your quench tank/bucket and pour off the suspended used investment.

  • Keep the bottom sludge and put it in with the floor sweeps. This can contain a good amount of gold debris.
  • Save old melting and casting crucibles and return with the floor sweeps as well; these also contain a good amount of finely divided gold particles.

More Ways to Maximize Gold Recovery Returns

  • Save your filters, including those from air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and dust collectors. These can contain a good amount of fine gold dust from buffing.
  • Segregate gold by karat from ring sizings and such. If kept separate, you can remelt and roll these pieces out to make sizing stock, wire, etc. You’ll get a higher return if the karatage of your gold bits is known.
  • Save gold-filled and gold-plated pieces, along with silver watch batteries (throw out NiCd batteries; they have no value). These may have a small amount of gold, but anything saved helps pay bills.

Approximate Gold Recovery Yieldsgold recovery

Clean Filings: Approximately 40% fine gold by weight

Dirty Bench Sweeps: Approximately 5% to 20% fine gold by weight

Buffing Dust: Approximately 2% fine gold by weight

Floor Sweeps (including vacuum cleaner bags): Approximately 1% by weight


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 10, 2016.




Trusted & Tested: Stuller is Your Certified Recycled Metals Source

As Stuller celebrates 50 years in the industry, it’s a perfect time to look back on our history and the numerous milestones we’ve achieved. Among them, we’re proud to have earned both the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Certification and the SCS Global Services Certification for 100% recycled metals.

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RJC certifies fine jewelry manufacturers for responsible ethical, social, and environmental practices throughout all operations. And, according to the SCS website, “SCS is accredited to conduct RJC Code of Practices and Chain-of-Custody verification assessments.”

Read more about our RJC certification.

 

SCS partners with companies to “drive practices, policies and processes that advance the goals of sustainable development and give innovators a competitive advantage.” Their services enable companies and consumers to make informed decisions based on “the highest level of environmental, ethical and quality accountability.”

SCS Recycled Content

SCS certification ensures recycled metals are used while conflict metals and other questionable materials are avoided. Stuller is honored to be a user and supplier of certified 100% recycled fine gold, fine silver, palladium, and platinum. Learn more about RJC, SCS, and Stuller’s commitment to ethical sourcing and Fair Trade practices.

Why do we take the extra steps to ensure our metals are certified 100% recycled? Because in addition to providing them to jewelers, we use them ourselves. “Stuller’s Metals department is quite unique,” says Tammy Lail, Vice President of Tools and Equipment, Metals, and Packaging and Displays. “We produce metals and work with them internally. We use what we sell. This gives us a unique advantage to really test and work with our offerings. In addition, we have inventory, so we can provide minimum quantities and immediate delivery.”

Supply Chain Awareness

Over the past few decades, it has become increasingly important to make sure we fully understand our supply chain. “Ethical sourcing of metals has been the biggest change in the industry,” Tammy says. “It’s important to understand where your metal is sourced. Our position is that there is enough metal already in the marketplace and that mining metal is an unnecessary process or damage to the earth.”

But responsible sourcing isn’t enough. “Our main objective is to provide socially responsible metals that perform consistently,” Tammy shares. “We continuously test our metals to make sure they perform the same way every time they are used.”

Metal Innovations

Essential to Stuller’s continued success, Tammy says, “We are always seeking new alloys to help our customers.” This is happening with the expert help of Randy Welch, Senior Process Engineer in Metals Technology, who has been part of the Stuller family since 1981.

Randy has worked in casting, assaying, making mill products, and metal development, including creating and improving alloys.

“Sometimes an alloy isn’t performing as it should. Off I go to investigate and correct,” Randy says. “I also spend about 40% of my week on the phone with customers, helping them with issues. That’s an essential part of my job.”

Through the years, Randy says, newer equipment and technology in the industry have necessitated adjusting alloys for better performance. He has even been involved in creating new alloys to meet new needs in technology.

The Next 50 Years:
What’s Next for Stuller Metals?

Many Stuller team members are currently in Vicenza, including members of the metals department. “We are always interested in the metals that are being used in the industry — how they are being paired together, like rose gold with white gold, etc.,” Tammy says. “In addition, we aim to understand non-precious metals as well as their impact and ease of manufacturing.”

We look forward to sharing what they learn and how it can help with your metal needs. In the meantime, you can learn about our recycled metals, new products, technology, and much more during Stuller’s Bench Jeweler Workshop, March 27-28, 2020. Register by February 17 to take advantage of early-bird pricing.


Ready to see what we have to offer? Shop Stuller metals today.




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What’s the Deal with Palladium Prices?

Do you know how much palladium costs per ounce? If you answered “no,” you’re like most of us. It’s not a big a part of your business, but you appreciate it as a less costly alternative to platinum. End of story.

Whoa! Let’s back up.

 

As I write this post, palladium is $1318/oz while platinum is looking great at $815/oz.

You read that correctly. Palladium is $500/oz more than platinum. I found out about rising palladium prices the other day when I asked our Metals Product Manager, Katelyn Garrett, a question about palladium. Her answer referenced palladium prices and its significant rise over the past few years and that it was more expensive than platinum and gold. That got my attention, and I went back to my computer to see for myself.

As noted above, the evidence was striking.

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Investigating Palladium Prices

Curious to understand what was happening to palladium prices, I reached out to Harold Dupuy, VP Strategic Analysis, and Belit Myers, VP Compliance Inventory & Info. Both emphasized that the major contributor to the increase was the auto industry’s growing demand for palladium to use in catalytic converters. That’s probably not news to many of you, but here are a few details that account for palladium’s strong demand with no clear end in sight.Palladium Prices Rings on Tree

  • China’s growing demand for vehicles fueled by 1.4 billion people
  • The change from diesel engines, using primarily platinum in their converters, to gasoline engines, which mostly use palladium
  • The switch from cars to trucks/SUVs whose bigger engines need more palladium

On the supply side of this equation:

  • Palladium is a by-product of nickel and platinum mining. Prices of these metals drive investment in new mines.
  • Palladium can be recycled from the autocatalysts.
  • Some electronics (TVs and computer monitors) contain palladium that is subsequently unrefinable.

 

Where does palladium’s supply/demand bottleneck leave the jewelry industry? That’s simple. For now, choose platinum. At $815/oz, it’s a higher quality jewelry metal at an attractive price.




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2019 Pantone Color of the Year Predictions by Stuller’s Top Trend Experts

Our world is driven by color. From Tiffany’s iconic robin egg blue to Coca Cola’s bold crimson, colors are ubiquitous in branding and business. Colors are also at the forefront of the jewelry industry, too. Gemstones nearly sell themselves thanks to their vivacity and saturation. Metal fashion is driven by bright white, yellow, and rosy tones. Even diamonds are graded by their color (or lack thereof). So, it’s no wonder why we’re anxiously waiting for the Pantone Color Institute to announce their choice for the 2019 Color of the Year.

We’re confident we’ll have the jewelry and gemstones to match whatever color Pantone throws our way. Are you excited for the newest color craze? We sure are!

 

Here are a few of Stuller’s top trend experts sharing their 2019 Pantone Color of the Year predictions—

Pantone’s Aspen Gold

2019 Pantone Color of the Year Predictions Aspen Gold

“My 2019 Pantone Color of the Year prediction favors a bright, saturated yellow marigold. Its sunny tone exudes bursts of bright energy, health, and overall optimism. Pantone’s Aspen Gold has a citrusy undertone that feels organic and from the earth. I’ve also noticed this soft shade in countless 2019 runway shows.”  Emily Graffagnino, Gemstones Director

Soft Yellow Gemstones

CitrineSpessartite GarnetYellow SapphireYellow Diamonds

Pantone’s Evergreen

2019 Pantone Color of the Year Predictions Evergreen

“Deep Emerald Green is everywhere— from home décor and accessories to high fashion. In fact, deep green even eclipsed pop culture this year with a key emerald featured as the major plot point in the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians. I’m betting on Pantone’s Evergreen since it pairs well as a sophisticated accent to neutral tones like cream, white, gold, and soft pink.”  Alix Gonsoulin, Executive Director of Product Development

Deep Green Gemstones

EmeraldTourmalineMalachiteTsavorite GarnetJadeRainforest Topaz

Pantone’s Pink Peacock

2019 Pantone Color of the Year Predictions Pink Peacock

“Super-saturated Pink Peacock fuchsia starred in many head-to-toe ensembles on the spring 2019 runways. This statement-making pink boasts cool purple undertones that layer well with warmer red and gold accents. Plus, pink has been hot this year! The Pink Legacy Diamond shattered price per carat sales records for colored diamonds. Also, Lady Gaga has been sporting a large Pink Sapphire center engagement ring. With all this exposure, Pantone’s Pink Peacock remains my top 2019 Color of the Year prediction.” — Emily Bute, Creative Design Director

Fuchsia Gemstones

Rhodolite GarnetPink TourmalinePink SapphirePink Diamond

Pantone’s Princess Blue

2019 Pantone Color of the Year Predictions Princess Blue

“The 2019 Color of the Year is a lot of FUN in home décor and clothes. But for longer lasting products like jewelry, I think it’s a tough trend to follow for credence. That said, I’d prefer to see blue as the 2019 pick. Blue is timeless. It’s the color of natural beauty like the ocean, the sky, and twinkling eyes. Blue gemstones can easily support Pantone’s Princess Blue. However, there’s much speculation about gold and orange for the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year. Well, here’s the good news: orange and blue look great together when applied to a fantastic NFL sports team— the Denver Broncos!” — Ashley Brown, Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Bold Blue Gemstones

SapphireBlue TopazLapisTanzaniteZircon

Pantone’s Mango Mojito

2019 Pantone Color of the Year Predictions Mango Mojito

“No matter how vivid or muted, Pantone’s Mango Mojito is sure to compliment the earthy undertone palette seen across countless fashion weeks. With geometric-inspired designs still thriving within the fine jewelry world, I anticipate this trend to keep its momentum in 2019. While we have seen a literal play on open symmetrical styles this year, plan to see this trend carry over into next year with an elevated approach. Expect stones in various shapes and sizes pieced together to create colored geometric patterns. Imagine ombre color schemes — from earth tones to reds, pinks, greens, and blues — paired with complementary shades of yellow to complete each color story.” — Blaire Hovis, Fine Jewelry Director

Rich Golden Gemstones

Mexican Fire OpalPoppy TopazHoney TopazCitrine

 


What are your 2019 Pantone Color of the Year predictions? Let us know in the comments below! Then, find more of our favorite Pantone trends here.