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Metalsmith BenchTalk with Daniel Ballard

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My Guest this Thursday, September 26th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Daniel Ballard of Precious Metals West, who returns to the show. We'll be talking about "purple gold" and much more!
About: Since 1984 Precious Metals West / Fine Gold has been the custom and manufacturing jewelers’ resource. Refining is just the start of our skills, products and services. Not only do we make products like casting grain, fabricating grain sheet wire and solders… In addition, our research team has made breakthroughs we all enjoy today. Please note we do not process refining for the public, mines, or electronic scrap. We process jewelry and related materials only. 
First, we pioneered cadmium free solders. This is old news now as all of our competitors have followed suit. Next, we developed the world’s first ever plumb platinum solders. These are now used all over the world and recognized as the best platinum solders ever. Then we applied that advanced metallurgy to gold solders and created the lowest flowing 14kt solders so jewelers can stay “plumb” and fix the most delicate items. 
When white gold became extremely popular, we worked up advanced alloys and golds that do not require rhodium plating. When MJSA committed to a “White Gold Task Force” the first meeting was held in our factory and included our people. That project resulted in a set of reliable standards for white gold color internationally. 
For more about Precious Metals West, visit www.preciousmetalswest.com/.

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