Credit Toward the Purchase of Engagement Ring, Diamond Earrings, or Pendants at Mizpah Diamonds (Up to 90% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Jewelry store specializes in high-quality diamond pieces to commemorate special events and signify treasured, loving bonds

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only toward the purchase of an engagement ring for option 1. Appointment required. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Cannot be combined with any other promotional offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Precious Metals: Rare Resilience

Regularly used in jewelry-craft, gold, silver, and platinum are considered precious metals for more than simple rarity. Read on to learn what defines them—and what contributes to their value.

If you’re planning to travel back to the mid-1800s—and you want to wow the rich and powerful of the day—you might want to pack a few rolls of aluminum foil. Though it’s now used to wrap sandwiches and protect our thoughts from eavesdroppers, aluminum was once highly valued and difficult to extract. When chemists finally figured out how to isolate it, the public was so entranced by its sheen that aluminum tableware and jewelry quickly became status symbols.

It was, in short, a precious metal—until a better extraction process was developed, drastically increasing its supply and reducing its value. Rarity is key to the definition of a precious metal. Today, gold and silver remain rare enough that their ancient status as tools of investment and trade still stands. In more recent centuries, they’ve been joined by platinum and palladium, along with several other metals often found deposited with them.

The Noblest of All

Of course, even an extremely rare metal is of little economic use if it’s hard to store. (Francium, for instance, can be found in miniscule amounts in uranium ore but has a half-life of just 22 minutes.) The metals we call precious tend to be both very malleable and very resilient, resisting corrosion so well that they’re also dubbed noble. Those qualities often make them good for currency and jewelry alike. Here’s a look at the precious metals you’re most likely to find in a jeweler’s case.

  • Gold: Though it might seem glamorous, a pure gold ring or bracelet isn’t always the way to go. Pure—or 24-karat—gold is quite soft and malleable, so jewelers frequently mix it with harder metals to form a more durable alloy. If an item is 14-karat gold, for instance, it contains 14 parts gold to 10 parts alloy metal.
  • Silver: The designation sterling means a piece contains at least 92.5% pure silver. At the other end of the purity spectrum, silver plate is built from a base-metal core with a layer of silver bonded to the outside. Though silver is even softer than gold, because it is less expensive it often matters less if a piece shows wear over time.
  • Platinum: The priciest and rarest of these three metals, platinum is also the heaviest and most scratch-resistant. It’s beloved for its ultra-bright color. Platinum will acquire a slight, distinguished patina over time, but buffing will easily return it to a like-new state if desired.
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    Woodlake - Briar Meadow

    6222 Richmond Avenue

    Ste 590

    Houston, TX 77057

    +18007998734

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