My elderly father has spent all of his savings in recent months – around $200,000 – buying expensive coins. Most are gold, some are silver and platinum. Some are bullion; most are old and "rare." His collection was fun and interesting for a while, but now it has become a source of stress to him. He has no money left in the bank, and has decided he doesn’t want to keep the coins. It looks like Dad was skillfully played by slick sales reps, but I haven’t seen evidence yet that he has been defrauded. He has asked me to sell the coins for him. What’s the best way to sell a bunch of expensive coins? [more inside]
What do polished titanium rings look like after they've been worn a while? I want to buy this as my (replacement) wedding ring, but the polish in the picture worries me. [more inside]
Where can I go to learn how to verify the authenticity of platinum? [more inside]
I have some platinum-iridium rods that are left over from a science lab. Are there any interesting, fun, or useful things that I can do with them? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm trying to identify a platinum hallmark for an elderly friend, but she lives far away so I can't actually see it (it's on a ring) or take it to a jeweller. Maybe the hive mind can identify it, or lead me to a site that can? It's a double-headed eagle with the letters 'P' and 'M' underneath, and she thinks it's European.
Gold has all sorts of ethical problems, but I have not heard anything about platinum. Is this just because it is rarer and more expensive (so I'm unlikely to come across it), or is it actually a morally better choice?
My fiance has a platinum engagement ring and the bottom seems to be warping due to plat being a soft metal. We are not sure why this is happening. [more inside]
I have a question about wedding rings that aren't gold or platinum. [more inside]