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The Full Story


This site is for the benefit of everyone. It is not run for profit and is not sponsored by, or sponsors, any company that buys or sells jewelry.


We may use images with permission from various jewellers who share our passion in furthering and sharing knowledge between jewellers, store agents and consumers about the jewellery items they are crafting, buying, and selling.


 Courtesy of Mark Adwar 


We want to share our knowledge and improve everyone's understanding of precious metals.

If you understand the metal you are working with or the technique, you can make better jewellery.

If you understand the jewellery you are buying or selling, you can make better choices. Everybody wins!


This site is collaborative and freely available. We aim for all to be easily understood by anyone! You're welcome to use any information you find here, but please credit us.

We speak to industry experts and specialists to helps us give you the simplest, most accurate and detailed explanations as possible.


 Courtesy of Chris Manning


The Santa Fe Symposium, headed by Eddie Bell and sponsored by Rio Grande, was a world-renowned conference for premier jewelry makers. Its remit was clear: to share the latest innovation and research across the jewelry industry: technological, operational and experiential.

At the 34th and final Santa Fe Symposium, many discussions were had as to how the symposium could be continued and developed. Owain, Chris and others decided that a free-to-access and easy-to-understand website could help widen the reach and help all stakeholders benefit from the Symposium,


Owain Houghton

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Owain Houghton is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge researching Bulk Metallic Glasses based on precious metals, and works with the Goldsmiths' Centre to help improve education in the industry. His PhD research is supported by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths'.


Chris Corti

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Dr Christopher Corti is a specialist and the managing director of COReGOLD Technology Consultancy. He has more than 40 years of experience in the precious metals industry, which includes 15 years at the World Gold Council, editing Gold Technology and Gold Bulletin, and is currently a consultant for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.


We would like to thank the following people for their support of this site.

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