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Turning china into gold

I have a set of enamel/china tea cups, the sort you see in Chinese restaurants. I want to paint them gold (or make them gold in some way). What sort of paint/covering/etc would I use?
posted by divabat on Nov 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Selling Jewelry & Gold

Where is the best place to sell estate jewelry and gold either by mail or in the Portland, Oregon area. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Jul 22, 2010 - 5 answers

There's gold in them thar backyards.

Is there a name for the flaky, layered clay/soil deposit with a striking metallic sheen found in my childhood neighborhood in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on May 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Questions about the Voyager Records

How did they put images on the Voyager golden records? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on May 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Chill Wind Blows Through Europe...

So is the Euro currency about to collapse? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Well, that's funny.

In Donald Westlake's "What's So Funny", the macguffin is a jeweled chess set that weighs 680 lbs. This doesn't seem possible! [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on May 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Gold for gold! Transforming old shinies into new shinies!

Do you know of any other firms that will recycle your gold and make jewelry for you? I know of EcoKarat, but they don't offer the stones I want for my custom jewelry. Barring that, what's the best way to sell the unwanted gold jewelry I have? All of those cash4gold websites look unsavory.
posted by emkelley on Apr 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Gold as an investment

Is gold a currency, or a commodity? Both? something more complicated? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Apr 28, 2010 - 11 answers

one ring to rule them all...

Your opinions on metal choice for engagement+wedding rings, hopefully with the benefit of a decade of hindsight regarding how the appearance will age and what maintenance is required... [more inside]
posted by Ultimate Sockpuppet the Second on Apr 17, 2010 - 21 answers

Battle of the Bulge

Donde van a estar los Canadienses en D.F. para ver el partido olympico de hockey final? Where will Canadians in Mexico D.F. be watching the gold medal hockey game? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Feb 22, 2010 - 0 answers

"687 V" on a gold bracelet?

My mother has recently come across a 14kt gold bracelet with "687 V" inscribed on it. Anyone have any ideas what that means?
posted by AdamOddo on Feb 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Why are there so many ads for gold-related businesses on Fox News?

Why are there so many ads for gold-related businesses on Fox News? [more inside]
posted by squorch on Jan 20, 2010 - 23 answers

Best way to turn gold into dollar bills?

Basic dumb question that could use a little expert advice. What's the best way to turn gold into cash? I've got two Krugerrands in my safe deposit box, but now I need the money. I live in a small town; we have banks and one coin shop. But I'm reluctant to just go up to someone at a counter and say "what will you give me?" Any advice? (Beyond "keep it, it's going up up up." I need to pay my dentist now.)
posted by kestralwing on Dec 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Porcelain or MetalFilter

How bad is tooth sensitivity from gold inlays? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Need to convert gold to cash at the best rate.

How can someone sell gold and or jewelry for the best price? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Aug 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Gold fences on tv

Are those cash for gold outfits advertising on tv operating as a fence for stolen jewelry? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Jun 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Where to buy wholesale price gold earrings

Where can I get wholesale price gold hoop earrings in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Jun 22, 2009 - 1 answer

When the bling don't bling...

$Filter: Was there ever a time when gold was NOT accepted as a medium of exchange? [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Where to buy a replica of ancient Minoan bee pendant

Jewelry filter: Looking to buy a replica of the ancient Minoan bee pendant found near Knossos, Crete. Preferably gold, preferably under $200. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on May 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Meaning of Quote

What is the meaning of the Benjamin Franklin quote: "The proof of gold is fire; the proof of woman, gold; the proof of man, a woman."
posted by GhislainTwo on May 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Matching a shade of gold in photographs

I have an engagement ring that is a unique shade of gold. How do i accurately depict that shade to a goldsmith 2,000 miles away? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Feb 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Is this for realz?

Going to a Gold Party tonight. Help me make the most of my bamboo hoop earrings... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Feb 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Gold up North

What's the best way for an American Citizen to: 1. Buy Canadian Gold AND 2. Secure it (store it) in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Jan 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Where do I sell gold ingots?

Where do I go to sell some 1 oz gold ingots. They're bullion (i believe that's the term) and definitely have no value beyond that of the gold itself. To maybe complicate matters slightly, I'm in Vancouver, in Canada. Bonus question: Would I expect to get something close to the price per ounce when I sell these? Or is it like the currency exchange rate, where you actually get a small but significant % less than the going rate.
posted by Ziggurat on Dec 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Gold! Always believe in your soul, you've got the power to know...

I am basing my Masters in International Business thesis on Prof. Barry Eichengreen's 1998 paper, 'Does Mercosur Need a Single Currency?' Although by no means an expert, I've been interested in the Austrian School for a long time and, as a result, am instinctively distrustful of central banks and fiat money. Can anyone direct me to any reputable, well-written and persuasive essays arguing the inherent weaknesses of currency unions in relation to this? [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Nov 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Gold basics

Help my buy my first pair of gold earrings. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Oct 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Sell my booty!

How to sell a large-ish quantity of silver bullion and gold coins? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2008 - 1 answer

Olympic number crunching.

How do you rate which country is "leading" in the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by markkraft on Aug 21, 2008 - 23 answers

Test their medal.

Who's the first person to bite their medal (photos or it never happened) during the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Aug 19, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I sell these vintage gold watches?

What's the best way to sell vintage gold watches? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 on Jul 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Is this gold?

Is that gold I'm seeing in this hunk of quartz? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Jul 4, 2008 - 18 answers

How would I go about buying gold?

How would I go about buying gold? [more inside]
posted by muthecow on May 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Identify this 80s movie featuring Indy-type blond heroine and... Aztecs?

Back in the 1980s, I remember watching a bizarre sort of Indiana Jones-copycat treasure-hunting/western movie. It featured a young, blond Daryl Hannah lookalike and possibly Aztecs who liked to dip humans head-first in liquid gold before decapitating them. It was fairly violent stuff, and one scene had the characters being horrified when one of their comrades returned headless on a horse. The whole thing must have been somewhat tongue-in-cheek, however, because it ended with a humorous 70s-style montage that set up a (presumably fake) sequel with the blond girl as a butt-kicking Indy-type heroine. I am pretty sure it was made in the 80s, and I remember the dialogue as being English, but I could be wrong; all I know is that Bud Spencer and Terence Hill weren't in it. Ring any bells?
posted by gentle on May 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Paris+Gold+Grain Metaphor =What book?

What book is this? I remember an intro that describes Paris, focuses on gold, and has some analogy about the city's inhabitants being like wheat or grain. [more inside]
posted by conch soup on May 9, 2008 - 4 answers

How to create a final gold master

Burning a gold master - special discs? Software? Burners? Need to burn a disc that's going into multi-thousand production duplication [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 on May 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Selling gold in Cleveland

I just got laid off from my job. Considering that I haven't worn my gold college ring in close to two decades, I'd like to sell it. However, the various "send us your gold" services advertised on television supposedly pay far below the market rate, and there's no New York City-style gold and jewelery merchants in the area. So, where can I sell a gold ring in Cleveland, and get a fair price for it?
posted by elmwood on May 2, 2008 - 8 answers

I just wanna know where da gold

Has anyone here taken the free tour of the New York Federal Reserve? If so, how was it? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Apr 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Where's my cyberdollars?

Will a online, untraceable, virtual currency reshape the world as we know it? And if so, why hasn't it happened yet? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Feb 11, 2008 - 15 answers

How much per gram for 14kt gold necklace?

How much per gram for 14kt gold necklace? [more inside]
posted by beelover on Jan 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me sell my gold

I found a 1910 Indian head ten dollar gold coin in my childhood piggy bank. It looks like this. I have seen it listed online for different values between $400 and $1700. I am broke and (regretfully) feel like I need to convert it into cash. How do I do this quickly, fairly, and for maximum profit?
posted by mr. remy on Dec 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Gold Power - the search for the Golden Fist Air Freshener

Some dollar stores in Chicago used to sell these golden fist shaped air fresheners which were meant to be mounted on the dashboard. They put out a powery fresh scent were dead serious cool. [more inside]
posted by suitcase on Nov 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Jewelers and their ubiquitous calculator... why?

Why do jewelers always insist of giving prices read from a calculator screen and not from the price tag of the piece I'm looking at? Do they give different people different prices? Or is it a way of accounting for fluctuating prices of gold or gems from week to week?
posted by ab5000 on Nov 19, 2007 - 16 answers

Anyone have experience or advice on selling Gold Krugerrand coins online?

My wife has some gold coins (South African Gold Krugerrand Coins - One Ounce) left to her by her grandparents and is looking to sell them. We live in East TN (Knoxville area). Any luck selling Krugerands in TN or online? [more inside]
posted by pleuroma on Aug 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Keeps me searching for a disk of gold.

Where can I find trendy jewelry that the beautiful people wear? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Jul 25, 2007 - 9 answers

I have the printer, now I want gold!!

Is there anyway to get a gold text print from a colour laser printer? [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ on Jul 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Should I have the gold plating on my watch renewed?

After two years of almost daily wear, the gold plating is starting to wear off my beautiful and beloved Bulova watch. Is it worth my while to get the plating renewed? How expensive would that be? How long would it last?
posted by orange swan on Jul 9, 2007 - 2 answers

Jewelry help

How do I clean a rose gold pendant and chain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on May 31, 2007 - 3 answers

Gold and Platinum jewelry classes in NY

Where should I study jewelry-making in New York? (Looking for a full bench certificate program, not at a college and not an individual class, but flexible if it is an excellent class) [more inside]
posted by rmless on Apr 13, 2007 - 1 answer

Fiancee's engagement ring causes rash/chemical burn type reaction on her finger. Please help.

Just gave the fiancee her engagement ring. Problem is she has strange reaction. She gets a weird rash/chemical burn looking ring where the ring sits. The ring is 18karat white gold. Could it be an allergy to the gold? Could it be jewelry polish? What is a new (ignorant) fiancee to do to show her I can solve any problem?
posted by donmayo on Apr 6, 2007 - 30 answers

Is Public Gold an MLM scam?

ScamFilter: Is Public Gold a multi-level marketing scam? Or a "legit" MLM? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Mar 20, 2007 - 8 answers

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