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Identifying the most popular metals

Question from a high school student

Hi Orchidians! This came in my mailbox today. Instead of directly
writing her back, I thought I would post this to the Orchid Group
and hopefully send her a collection of answers.

As I always am interested in eager minds about our industry, I am
hoping you can assist.

Thanks to you all! -KAREN

Dear metalworks My name is Marina and I am a high school student
currently studying design and technology. For my major project, I am
working with jewellery and really need some help. The main thing I
am confused with is the idea of ‘precious metals’ and
’non-precious’ metals.

Would you be able to help me by identifying the most popular
’precious metals’ and the most popular ‘non-precious metals’?

Also, is there any that could be sent out to me?

Hope to hear from you soon,

Kind Regards, Marina Antoniou


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Karen Christians
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
Ph: 781/891-3854
Fx: 781/891-3857
email: @Karen_Christians

I would consider platinum/gold/gold-filled/sterling to be what most
people think of when they think precious metals.

Non-precious most commonly used in jewelry would probably be copper
and niobium.

I personally work in gold/gold-filled/sterling/copper.

I wonder if there are cultural variations in this perception? There
are differing cultural meanings for colors, so I wonder if there are
for metals also?

Beth in SC where it is SNOWING! My palm trees are covered! Snow
day - hooray!!!