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The cost of silver and gold is a significant consideration for any bench jeweler, and it makes more sense than ever nowadays to be careful with precious metal bits, pieces, filings, and saw dust. In today’s post, Eddie Bell shares the timeless tips his father taught him as a young boy, when silver was $1.59 an ounce and gold was $35 an ounce. Follow his tips and then let Rio help you convert your precious metal scrap to buying power.


One important aspect of running a business is to balance the needs of the customer with the needs of the business. How can you give a little something back to your business during this busy season? Consider converting your gold and silver shop scrap into cash for the coming year!


I was 13 years old when my father first let me sit at his jewelers’ bench. I was so excited I can remember the moment like it was yesterday!
I was helping him bezel-set a diamond by tapping a punch as he guided it around the bezel. I asked him to teach me to set stones. To my surprise, he got up and sat me down to start learning the basics right then and there. As it turned out, it would be a long time before I set my first stone. . .


I had a beautiful lunch today with Judie and Eddie, a couple of my co-workers. Our conversation turned to garage sales and buying other peoples’ jewelry. Turns out that Judie is a real garage-sale maven and often buys old jewelry and silverware just to turn it in for its scrap value. Eddie was giving her a few tips, and I thought I’d pass them along to you, gentle reader…