My recently-deceased father owned a dental laboratory for years, and we found a small quantity of platinum foil, gold dental scrap, and unused silver-containing dental alloy in his shop. I am having a hard time finding reviews of refiners / scrappers. [more inside]
posted by LucretiusJones
on Aug 14, 2014 -
I'm buying two new rims for my van. I've found the right rims to buy price and similarity-wise
-- if they aren't the color they appear to be in the photograph. Can someone tell or make an educated guess whether the color would actually be closer to silver/gray? I'm hoping it's just the photo that is bad since I've never seen wheels with that copper color.
posted by michaelh
on Jan 24, 2014 -
I'm interested in finding online sources of precious-metal jewelry at a low cost. For example, a site that had solid gold/gold plated/solid silver chains to put other jewelry on. I know ebay has a good selection, but I have found that things have been mislabeled (ie something marked solid gold that is obviously not). I also know there are some things like that on Etsy, but there has to be a source of their supplies. I'm more interested in the low cost side than the artful jewelry side (I already have lots of sites like that to drool at!).
posted by fermezporte
on Sep 30, 2013 -
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]
posted by spockmuppet
on Aug 13, 2013 -
York Peppermint Patties. 3 Musketeers Bar. Hershey Kisses. What other NAME BRAND, widely-available-in-the-United-States candies are there that have a predominantly silver wrapper. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s
on Jul 30, 2013 -
I'm searching for an awesome 5th anniversary gift, made from wood or silver, with an adventure-y theme (this can be pretty loosely interpreted). It'll be a supplement to a primary gift I've already splurged on, so I'm looking for something <$100. My only idea so far has been a compass, but the wooden ones are more like decorative desk sets (I'd prefer something practical and usable) and the silver ones are either really expensive or really ugly. It's for a man, and he doesn't wear much jewelry. And I need to be able to get it by Friday. Help!
posted by rhiannonstone
on Jun 19, 2013 -
I want to sell my sterling silver flatware on eBay. Much agonizing within, but the basic question is whether it would be better to list each place setting and serving piece separately, or to lump them all into one listing. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy
on Apr 7, 2013 -
Is investing half my income into silver a pretty good way to go for my future? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss
on Apr 3, 2013 -
What can I do to restore a beautiful but heavily damaged (rusted, corroded, tarnished) set of silver-plated silverware found on the street? [more inside]
posted by cinoyter
on Dec 26, 2012 -
Home for Christmas and my mom has a jewelry question. She tried cleaning the chain of her gold necklace using silver polish, and when she did, it turned silver. Why? And can it be reversed?
posted by EmGeeJay
on Dec 22, 2012 -
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]
posted by brenton
on Dec 20, 2012 -
Since the Turquoise Door in Austin, Texas is closing on December 31st, 2012, where does a person go in order to find jewelry of that sort? [more inside]
posted by Seamus
on Nov 27, 2012 -
A long time ago (~5 years or more), I happened on a website for a man selling silver charm necklaces. The background was black and everything was very dark-themed. I remember one necklace being about Romeo and Juliet, and the charms were I think a bottle of poison, a dagger, and a sleeping potion, and there was an Alice in Wonderland-themed one too. Most of the necklaces had 3 charms and they all had a story associated with them. The charms were almost all made of oxidized silver. The necklaces were quite expensive. It wasn't a company, it was just a guy with a website. I'm trying to locate the site, and Googling (even image search) has proven fruitless. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by rjacobs
on May 8, 2012 -
My in-laws engraved a silver bowl, with our names and wedding date, for our wedding. We're divorced. What the heck do we do with the bowl?
My ex-husband doesn't want it. It's not my style. I feel like there must be something better that I can do with it than give it to Goodwill. It's Oneida and silverplate (looks like only the exterior was plated). Ideas?
posted by rednikki
on Apr 22, 2012 -
How can I go abut learning jewelry making? Real metalsmithing, not just stringing beads on wires... [more inside]
posted by juliewhite
on Feb 17, 2012 -
92.5% Sterling Silver scrap value, and where to sell it to a precious metals dealer in the Seattle area: Any advice? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Jan 30, 2012 -
I just became an uncle (Yay!) and I want to get my nephew a gift to help him start saving. My first inclination was to get him a US Treasury Bond, but I was wondering: Is buying an equivalent amount in gold or silver a better long term (30 plus years) investment?
posted by cuando
on Dec 29, 2011 -
I'm going to bleach my hair and dye part of it silver tomorrow, and I've got a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by daisyk
on Dec 2, 2011 -
We want to come up with funds for a down payment on a house. We have many various silver coins we have been collecting over the years. Should we sell some/ all of it? Would it be worth it? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas
on Aug 10, 2011 -
Can you read the (possibly Hebrew) word on the bottom of this salt shaker? [more inside]
posted by soelo
on Aug 8, 2011 -
Is coin collecting a rational approach to investing in metals? Is coin collecting the funnest way to invest in metals? [more inside]
posted by GPF
on Aug 1, 2011 -
My mom has a lot of stuff to sell, and she doesn't want the hassle of a do-it-yourself approach. What kind of people should we involve? We're thinking maybe an ebay broker for the small stuff and an estate person for the big stuff. (Or else maybe a place like Sotheby's?) Know any good ones who serve Westchester, NY? How would we find good people? [more inside]
posted by daisyace
on Jul 24, 2011 -
A good friend of mine is in a reciprocal position to my position. He has a decent amount of old silver dollars that he would like to convert to cash and I am interested in accumulating Silver bullion... [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello
on Apr 16, 2011 -
My wedding band is plain and made of yellow gold. My watch is stainless steel. I wear both on my left side. I haven't worn my watch since the wedding because I'm (perhaps unduly) bothered by the clash between the gold ring + silver watch. [more inside]
posted by seventyfour
on Feb 22, 2011 -
Hi MeFi's; my boss has asked me how he can best dispose of some silver pieces that he has stored in his attic. he said that it is mostly tarnished and that he doesn't want the bother of cleaning it up to auction it, a la Ebay... he actually is considering how to sell for the scrap value. any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.
posted by rxbert
on Sep 13, 2010 -
My wife gave me a ring 2-3 years ago (while we were still dating). It's made from a New York State quarter, and silver(?) plated. About 6 months ago it started to tarnish, and now the copper from the inside of the quarter has been revealed. It's beginning to turn my skin green! Can I just take this to any jewelry shop and they can fix it up? Can it simply be replated? [Alternate solution inside] [more inside]
posted by Xoder
on Jun 24, 2010 -
My husband broke his silver wedding band - is there any way to fix it that won't cost more than a new ring? [more inside]
posted by scrute
on Jun 10, 2010 -
I have a bunch of (US) quarters from 1965 to the mid-70s that sound and feel different than regular quarters. What are they? Are they worth more than face value? [more inside]
posted by fogster
on Nov 29, 2009 -
Looking for junk silver coins in or near Richmond Va or Front Royal Va. Willing to travel 35-45 miles from either location. Website recommendations welcome as well. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas
on Nov 17, 2009 -
OK, I've searched all over the internet, MeFi and tons of blogs. I've learned a lot, but I haven't found what I'm looking for.
I want to carve a simple ring design for my girlfriend, out of jewelers wax, then send it to a professional silversmith and have it cast.
Now I could do it myself, but I neither have the space nor the equipment to do it properly. So yes I have seen and read just about every tutorial about DIY casting. So...anyone out there know where I could find an actual silversmith, only found one, they want a minimum of 25 pieces....
posted by tropikal
on Oct 4, 2009 -
IdentifyPlantFilter: A new plant has sprung up in my Mother's rock garden this year. She loves it, but had no idea what it is! Can you help us identify it? [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel
on Aug 10, 2009 -
I have this necklace
, a silver pendant fixed to a snake chain, rather than threaded through. The chain has snapped on one side. Where can I get it replaced in London? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Mar 5, 2009 -
I want to test the silver content of some items. What should I buy? I see people offering silver testing kits on Ebay. Are these a good choice, or would I better off buying the reagents themselves? If so, which ones?
posted by Joe in Australia
on Feb 16, 2009 -