Friday, 11 November 2016

"That carpet is gold dust!"

From The Daily Mail:

A worn-out carpet in a jewellery shop workshop is worth thousands of pounds - because it is covered in specks of gold dust and platinum cuttings. The family-run shop is replacing the 15-year-old carpet, which was fitted near seven workstations where craftsmen make jewellery using the precious metals.

Now Richard Blampied, who runs Aurum Jewellers in St Helier, Jersey, with his daughter Julie, is sending the carpet to a bullion merchants where it will be burned. The leftover gold, platinum and silver will then be weighed and its monetary value returned to the business.

Reminds me of when I was a lad at printing college, we did some gold blocking, which involved putting some 'gold' backed foil on the book and printing through it.

The teacher told us that where he had started as an apprentice, they sometimes printed with 'gold' ink that actually contained a fair amount of real gold. Some clumsy clogs had knock the tin of ink onto the floor, and the stuff was so expensive, it made sense to tear up all the floorboards and sent them to the bullion merchants to recover the gold.

I could never decide whether the story was true or not, or whether it was just an apocryphal tale invented by the teacher (or by people at the place he was an apprentice) to serve as a warning, but in the light of this, I'm shifting that one into the "probably true" category.


James Higham said...

Magic carpet ride.

ThomasBHall said...

There was a guy who went round the jewellery districts in New York digging the dirt out from between pavement slabs- because it apparently was richer in gold than the best gold mine deposits. I think he did it in Hatton garden too. It was centuries of particles- and if I remember rightly- he got quite a lot out...

Edward Spalton said...

I think it was the late Eighties or early Nineties when I was on my travels as my own salesman in the West Country. A chap staying in
the same pub had an interesting business. He collected old X-ray photographic plates from hospitals in a van and took them back to
his firm which had a small furnace and they recovered the silver.

The electronic revolution has since rather spoiled his trade, I fear.

A K Haart said...

I'm sure there is a joke in there about golden rugs and Donald Trump, but I can't think of it.

Mark Wadsworth said...

JH, in my teacher's case, magic floorboard ride, which doesn't sound nearly as good.

TBH, ES, ta for anecdotal. How do they do X-rays nowadays? Is that digital as well?

Although if you think about it, keeping original X-rays was daft, quite sufficient to photocopy them and then recycle the raw materials.

AKH, this golden rug is actually worth money?

Steven_L said...

Might depend on the price of gold?

Mark Wadsworth said...

Sl, good point.