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Trusted Saskatoon Jewellers at Batemans Share The History Of Platinum

Bateman Jewellers are Trusted Saskatoon jewellery experts! Did you know that they are the oldest independent jewellery store in Saskatoon?  Bateman Jewellers maintain that the relationship with their clients is very important to them. In their latest Saskatoon jewellery tip they share the interesting history of the metal platinum. 

THE HISTORY OF PLATINUM 

Today, we take for granted that platinum is a coveted precious metal but do you know how long it has been around? 

The answer may surprise you - It was declared a precious metal in just 1751 

By comparison, Ancient Egyptians began using gold and silver to decorate sacred objects since around 3,000 BC. 
From 2551 BC to 2490 BC, they capped the Pyramids of Giza with solid gold, the ultimate sign of the metal’s importance and value. So if like us here at Batemans you are curious about platinum metal history read on! 

Incognito Platinum Metal

Platinum’s  history slipped into human use as a by-product of gold and silver mining. 

Gold was found with platinum and the two blended as they were hammered into shape. 

Platinum was thought to be silver — even though it was much harder. 

Chemists have identified platinum mixed with gold in items dating back to Egypt’s Middle Kingdom (1991-1718 BC). One example is the gold and “silver” cover on the 700 BCE Egyptian Casket of Thebes. An early examiner noted that while some of the silver was heavily oxidized, curiously enough, other “silver” was unaffected. In 1901, French chemist, Marcellin Berthelot, tested the metal and learned that the untarnished silver metal was a combination of platinum, iridium, and gold. 


White Specks and “Little Silver”

Across the Atlantic, archaeologists discovered Pre-Columbian sacred and decorative pieces made of gold with distinctive white specks. These were identified as platinum. In 16th century South America, Spanish conquistadors searched rivers and streams for gold and silver the Spanish King so desperately needed. In the process, they found chunks of platinum. Alas, they called it “platina,” meaning “little silver” and discarded it with no idea it was rare and valuable.

A Hard Fact

To call platinum “little silver” is insulting enough and that isn’t the worst of platinum metal history. In 1735, Antonio de Ulloa, a Spanish scientist, naval general, and explorer, visited Ecuador on a scientific mission. He encountered “platina” in gold mines where it was considered a gold “impurity.” Some thought it was “unripe gold,” and put it back in the mine or ground to “ripen” believing it would yellow with age. Intrigued, de Ulloa undertook to study it. He identified platinum as a separate metal that occurred with gold in alluvial deposits. Indeed, Ulloa found it extremely hard and invulnerable to heat which made it almost impossible to separate from gold nuggets. He observed that platinum was a “nuisance” or “hindrance” that interfered with gold mining. The Spanish abandoned some gold mines with high concentrations of this “nuisance.”

Precious Platinum Metal

In 1751, Swedish scientist, Henrik Scheffer, published the results of his platinum studies. He called it “white gold” and stated that it was:
  • Hard but malleable with the hardness of malleable iron.
  • A precious metal with durability and corrosion resistance similar to gold.
  • Unlike any of the six “old metals” because it is entirely precious containing no copper, tin, lead, iron, or mercury. Scheffer declared it a “seventh metal.”
  • Fusible with arsenic.

Workable? Well . . .

In 1786, Francois Chabaneau, a French chemist working for Charles III of Spain, developed a technique for creating somewhat workable platinum but the results were highly inconsistent. At one point, a story says he grew so frustrated with platinum that he trashed the lab given him by the King. That same year, Antoine Lavoisier, “the father of modern chemistry,” succeeded in melting tiny quantities of platinum, but not enough to work with.

Who Is Marc Etienne Janety?

Monsieur Janety was Louis XVI’s, Royal Goldsmith. He created a platinum and glass sugar bowl for the king whose beauty caused Louis XVI to famously declare that platinum was:

 “ The only metal fit for Kings.” 

In 1794, a year after the revolutionary government executed Louis XVI, Janety prudently left Paris. In 1796, he returned to create the revolutionary government’s official kilogram and meter measures out of platinum because it was the most durable and corrosion-resistant metal.




Pure Platinum

Above, we mentioned Chabaneau’s efforts to create workable platinum. The results proved inconsistent because he didn’t realize that platinum ore contained other platinum group metals — osmium, iridium, rhodium, and palladium. In the early 1800s, an English chemist, William Wollaston, found a way to produce pure platinum on a commercial scale. He kept his technique secret until just before his death.

The Heat Is On

In the waning years of the 19th century, new high-temperature blowtorches made it possible to work platinum into fine jewelry. Cartier in Paris and Tiffany & Co in New York took the lead, making platinum jewelry a status symbol. Many famous stones are set in platinum — including the Hope Diamond — are set in platinum. Nothing less will do for beauty, strength, purity, and natural white colour.

Platinum Metal Strength

Today it holds its status as the elite precious metal chosen by celebrities. It has also become the symbol of the exclusive credit cards, programs, and so on. Yet thanks to advances in technology and techniques — not to mention that its price per ounce is significantly lower than gold — platinum is available to many more customers and very popular in bridal rings. Can anything match the platinum solitaire?

Platinum: The Hypoallergenic Metal

Over the decades, we’ve learned much more about platinum. One discovery stands out: it’s hypoallergenic. This makes it a prime consideration for customers with sensitivities to nickel and copper.





sited by May 31, 2019, By Elizabeth Raffel 

Kitchen and Bath Classics Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom Pros Share The Top 5 Bathroom Design Trends of 2020

Whether you are building a new home In Saskatoon or remodelling a single room, the team at  Kitchen & Bath Classics Saskatoon are a a Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom Store offer you one of the largest selections of plumbing fixtures, faucets, lighting and accessories from quality brand names,. Their showroom displays the latest trends and cutting-edge styles. In their latest offering they share their top 5 trends for bathroom design in 2020 

2020 Bathroom Design Trends. 



 Here's a breakdown of the latest bathroom trends according to design industry experts.  

Design Your Saskatoon Bathroom With The 2020 Pantone Colour Of The Year- Classic Blue.

Classic blue represents a “brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit”. It makes perfect sense that colour with that meaning behind it would be chosen for a place of rest and tranquillity—the bathroom.
Depending on your style and taste, Classic Blue can be used in a variety of ways. For example, a popular way to include colour in the bathroom is through tiles, either for the flooring or in the shower. You can also include a Classic Blue bathroom vanity if you want a pop of colour against flat neutrals that can use a bit of edge. If you’re feeling extra daring, you can even paint an entire bathroom Classic Blue! But we know that not everyone can commit to a paint job in a bold colour. If you want to incorporate the 2020 Colour Of The Year in smaller steps, you can try adding towels, flowers and paintings. 

Design With The Hottest Faucet Finish in 2020: Matte Black


The bathroom is a great place to experiment with matte black finishes. You can change your current faucet, showerhead, handheld showerhead, handles, pulls and lighting to this popular finish and see your bathroom transform from ordinary to extraordinarily modern.

Matte black finishes have been perfected to meet the needs of bathroom users, so you don’t need to worry about the finishes wearing off. Many luxury and mid-range brands are adding even more matte black faucets and accessories to their lineup, giving you a large selection to choose from in 2020.

Design Au Naturel and Eco-Friendly


Let your mind be free in the serenity of greenery in the bathroom. Between the hardness of bathroom finishes and materials, it's a much-welcomed idea to have plants and foliage in the bathroom. Bathroom plants are great to freshen the air, add some softness and of course, colour.

The new year also brings focus to creating an eco-friendly bathroom by changing out inefficient faucets and plumbing fixtures. 


Here are some bathroom features to think about:
  • Change out your toilet to a low-flow model
  • Install a low-flow showerhead that works on magnetized poles, like ones from American Standard
  • Get a motion-activated faucet so there’s less water wasted between washing your hands and brushing your teeth
  • Choose quartz countertops as opposed to other materials. Quartz impacts the environment significantly less than other materials

Design In Plain Sight


Here’s what’s funny about bathrooms—there are certain things we want to show off about them, like beautiful tile work in the shower or a gorgeous clawfoot bathtub. But there are other things we don’t necessarily love to look at...like plumbing and drains.

But what if they were designed to be extra pleasing to the eye? That’s what 2020 is all about.

Exposed plumbing is a rising trend. Bathroom brands are now creating industrial-inspired pipe systems that are meant to be shown off in an array of beautiful finishes. You don’t have to hide away complicated pipe systems behind drywall anymore!

As for drains, bathroom brands and designers have found a clever way to hide them in plain sight. Many shower drains can now be designed to look as though they are part of the shower tile or shower floor. The result is a sleek look that doesn’t distract!

You can even go as far as a wall-hung toilet to remove the bulk and clutter of a toilet septic tank. Bathroom brands like TOTO are trailblazing this 2020 toilet trend. It’s also great for smaller spaces where a tank can take up precious square footage.

Design Your Bathroom With Colours, Wallpaper and Fun!


Step outside your comfort zone in the colours and designs you choose for your bathroom. Break out of traditional neutrals in the bathroom and experiment with pops of colour in textiles, accents of paint colour and even wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper...But don’t think it’s the same type of wallpaper from your grandparents’ homes.

Wallpapers come in so many varieties these days. You can choose anything from gentle geometric patterns to bold prints and textures. But a great alternative to wallpaper is a nice tile. Tiles also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours for any project. The options are endless.


Design Your Bathroom With Kitchen and Bath Classics Saskatoon 


If you're considering a bathroom remodel or renovation, contact Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom Experts at Kitchen & Bath Classics today!

Trusted Brags about DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos A Trusted Saskatoon Contractor And Restoration Specialist

The Trusted Saskatoon team loves partnering with incredible Saskatoon and area businesses that are locally owned and run with integrity. We are proud to welcome and brag about our newest partner in the Saskatoon General Contractor category  . DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos are Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, Disaster Services and Abatement Specialists.


Meet DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos

 

DDIY Property Maintenance and Reno’s is a locally owned family business founded in November 2014 by Dave Teichroeb.  Dave has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and DDIY specializes in general contracting and restoration. 

 


This was an obvious career choice for Dave as  his parents owned a small construction company. Dave started on the tools young and was working on projects helping his parents from age 12.


 “It’s just in my  blood,” said Dave . " I always had a passion for the industry and even remember mudding and taping my bedroom as a young child, when the family built a new home just outside of Dalmeny.”  

 DDIY Invests In Community 


A family man through and through, Dave has 5 children/step-children and  he is very involved with Knox United Church,  he sits on multiple boards and donates many hours to the church community. Dave also supports the Crohn's and Colitis Society and has sponsored the pancake breakfast fundraiser in October for the last three years. You will find him handing out coffees and burgers at the annual Chron's and Colitis Gutsy walk every June in Saskatoon.

 

Trust DDIY In A Disaster 


DDIY is proud to be qualified abatement specialists,  and Dave excels at offering support and help to people in Saskatoon and area at a time that is generally very stressful. DDIY provides remediation, restoration and reconstruction services. They offer property owners peace of mind that the job will be done quickly and professionally.



How we select Trusted Saskatoon businesses to partner with

  • We look for locally accountable businesses that have a reputation for quality driven excellence in the Saskatoon market.
  • Customers, clients and suppliers nominate businesses they are impressed with. 
  • We survey many of their past customers personally.
  • We check the businesses online reputation and we speak to business references and past customers personally.
  • All past customers we speak to are surveyed - it is a pass or fail! 
  • We ensure any required licenses, qualifications, WCB and insurances are valid and up to date.

 

What Did DDIY’s Clients Say? 

 

“DDIY do their job very well! We have had a variety of services in including lawn maintenance and snow removal. We have found the team to always be punctual and courtesy. They communicate well and I enjoyed working with them.I rate then 10/10!” Marcel, Saskatoon 


 

“I hired DDIY as general contractors for both myself and clients. We have been happy with all levels of their work! Dave is very honest and easy to work with. No job has been too big or too small. We have all appreciated his level of craftsmanship and I feel comfortable referring clients to him as I know the quality of work and service is a good reflection” Leslie, Saskatoon



DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos are Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, Disaster Services and Abatement Specialists


 


Trusted Saskatoon Jewellers at Batemans share a Tip about Hand Sanitizer Effect On Jewellery

Bateman Jewellers are Trusted Saskatoon jewellery experts! Did you know that they are the oldest independent jewellery store in Saskatoon?  Bateman Jewellers maintain that the relationship with their clients is very important to them, and Trusted Saskatoon is sure you have heard Cam say in his well-known radio ads 

'Your jewellery is a lifetime investment; Buy it from a lifetime friend. ' 

What Does Hand Sanitizer Do to Our Jewellery?


In the past few weeks, you've probably increased your use of hand sanitizer and other soaps due to the global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19 for short). But while all of those disinfecting agents are protecting you, they might be hurting something else—your jewellery.


In Batemans latest jewellery tip they share an article from JCK Online - a North American Jewellery Industry website. 




On the best days, many of us are germaphobes. My obsession with keeping germs at bay went into overdrive when I became a mom, and then throw in a pandemic, and I’m considering fashioning myself a hand sanitizer holster. Oh yeah, I’d wear it.
Years ago when I worked in retail, even then I had a small bottle of hand sanitizer close at hand. I remember being told that too much could eat away at the rhodium plating on my ring (I had a white gold wedding set at that time). Still, a quick rub here and there kept my hands feeling clean, and, though my ring definitely bled yellow over time, it’s hard to know if that was the reason why—or if it was just general wear and tear.


Currently, constant hand-washing and sanitizing isn’t just for peace of mind; it’s highly recommended. I don’t even want to write the word COVID-19—I swear it echoes in my dreams. But it’s keeping us prudently cleaning our hands, and in turn, cleaning our jewelry, too—at least, the pieces we wear on our fingers.
Let me please preface this by saying that yes, you should absolutely positively wash wash wash, spray spray spray, scrub scrub scrub—whatever keeps your hands clean. Jewelry is precious, that is true, but your health is all the more so.
However, given that I’m sporting a newly redesigned wedding ring, I can’t help but wonder what I might be doing to it with my constant use of chemicals. Am I causing damage?

I always take my ring off to shower, lotion, make meatballs—you get it. Not trying to gunk up the jewels here! But I almost never take it off to wash my hands, and certainly not to sanitize. I’m betting most wearers are the same.
I spoke with Shan Aithal, a metallurgist at Stuller, to get the dirt (pardon the pun) on keeping hands—and rings—clean. 

“To my knowledge, hand sanitizers are not capable of removing tough, albeit thin, rhodium that’s on a piece of jewelry,” says Aithal. “Hand sanitizers come in two varieties: alcohol-based and non–alcohol-based. The ones with alcohol are benign to jewelry items as alcohol is the main germ-killing ingredient. However, non–alcohol-based ones typically use chlorine-based compounds as germicides. These chlorine compounds could react with water and release free chlorine. Free chlorine radical is very reactive and could cause tarnishing of jewelry, especially if it is made of sterling silver. Also, halogens are known to cause stress corrosion cracking in low karat golds, in particular, nickel white golds.”

It is worth noting, in this case, that the CDC recommends using alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content. As long as you’re doing that, your metal will probably stay in great shape.
Soaps, according to Aithal, are a different story. “Soaps can contain abrasives, like Lava or that orange goo dispensed near hand-washing stations, that could damage the surface of jewelry and cause rhodium to be worn away.”

What about diamonds and sapphires? 


It won’t damage them but can leave a filmy residue on the stones over time, dulling the sparkle. But it’s not permanent, and nothing a quick soak in an ultrasonic can’t fix.


“If anything, people should be cleaning their jewelry more,” says Susi Smither, founder of The Rock Hound. “Think of all that horrid buildup of crud under rings and behind the setting of claw-set earrings. Hand sanitizer kills the baddies then evaporates fast—this shouldn’t have any detrimental effects on your gemstones, even materials such as gemstones and pearls. If you’re worried, at the end of the day give them a rinse and dry when you get home.”


Peggy Grosz, senior vice president at Assael, suggests erring more on the side of caution when it comes to pearls. 

“Sanitized skin should not come into contact with your pearls until completely dry and evaporate—wait about five minutes before putting on your pearls,” says Grosz. “As with perfumes and hairspray, the alcohol in the hand sanitizer can change the surface of the pearl, the two noticeable differences being a loss of lustre and a change in colour—white pearls, for example, will become yellowed if repeatedly exposed to such chemicals. Pearl rings should be removed when applying hand sanitizer, but because they have a mounting which separates them from direct contact with the chemicals, it is safe to put rings back on after a few minutes.”

Bottom line? Most, if not all, jewellery will be just fine, lovers of Georgian and early Victorian pieces should  take special care as water can get into rings with closed-back mountings and affect the appearance of the stones. Also, locket rings or any ring that has a photo of some other decoration under glass should not be washed with water.

But of course, sometimes the simplest advice is the best. When in doubt, it is always better to take your rings off before washing your hands.!


 If you are resting your rings on the sink while you scrub, please be sure the drain is closed, okay


Bateman Jewellers is a Trusted Saskatoon Jewellery Store 




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Welcome Synergy Business Solutions as Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeepers, HR and Business Consultants.

The Trusted Saskatoon team are thrilled to welcome the dynamic team at Synergy Business Solutions to the Saskatoon Directory of Excellence! Their services allow busy Saskatoon small business owners to focus their energies on running their business. They have professional specialists on staff with decades of experience who can assist with everything from bookkeeping to HR consulting. Synergy Business Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeepers, HR and Business Consultants.

Are You A Small Business Owner in Saskatoon Looking to Get To The Next Level?

Chances are you are too busy doing things you shouldn't be and that is restricting your growth and potential! Business consulting or management consulting involves the use of an independent, objective professional as a problem solver and ambassador of lasting change...that's where Synergy Business Solutions comes in! 

Who Is Synergy Business Solutions and How Can They Help? 

Synergy Business Solutions is owned by Linda Henderson and Danielle Robson. If you are familiar with the Saskatoon business scene you may have already heard of these two dynamic ladies. When we heard they were getting together to start a business, we knew that it would result in something special. Read about their entrepreneurial journeys below to see why we were excited! . 

Linda Henderson- VP Operations 

Ironically Linda's journey as a serial entrepreneur started out the same time and the the same way as Sara the Trusted founders did! In 2011 Linda and Sara were both fired from their jobs. That awful moment in their lives ended up being the best thing that could have happened to them.

Linda's background was primarily in bookkeeping, with some sales and management that she had picked up on the way in her 25-year career. One of the shareholders of PetroTag ( a technology company serving the oil and gas sector) approached her to ask if she wanted to buy the company. After brushing many doubts aside she became the owner in the fall of 2011. Linda had a 5-year plan to pay it off and ended up paying it off in 1.5 years!  Riding the wave of success she decided to keep the momentum going and started another business in 2013, Crazy Cowboys Instrumentation, followed by a 3rd business in 2015! She was ( and still is ) one of the most successful and respected women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan's energy industry! 

In 2016 Linda thought it made sense to tap into her experience and start a bookkeeping company Synergy Bookkeeping, to take care of the financials of these companies. The lease on her rental space was coming up and she was a little tired of paying rent, so started shopping around for a building. In April of 2016, she ended up purchasing the very building she was fired in six years previously! 

" Renovating that building was one of the more empowering moments for me. All of the self-doubt went out with the boardroom walls to the Loraas bin."  Linda Henderson
Today life in Linda's world is more about supporting and empowering others in their business life. Synergy Bookkeeping has changed its name to Synergy Business Solutions and Linda is especially passionate about the Business Support Group that meets once a month at the Synergy offices ( in that board room!)

Sara had the opportunity to interview Linda for the WESK  - Shaken With A Twist Series a few years ago - see the full interview here.    

Danielle Robson- President

When Dani was just 18, a family friend who was a Tim Hortons franchisee saw she had a huge entrepreneurial spirit and he suggested she apply for a Tim Hortons Franchise in Saskatoon. Three weeks later, in June 2003, with support from her family, she decided to ditch her law school plans, and they had their first Tim Hortons store in Saskatoon, on Fairlight Drive.

Fast forward many years, and “Hurricane Dani” shows no signs of slowing down. They have ten Tim Hortons stores and two Mr Mikes restaurants. With over 300 employees and a young family at home with three kids under age 10. 

I thrive in chaos and if I wasn’t having a baby or opening a store, I would be bored. Danielle Robson

Danielle is driven to succeed and she is passionate about sharing her skills and helping other entrepreneurs reach their full potential! 


Synergy Business Solutions strive to create a supportive consulting environment for Saskatchewan-based business-owners seeking to improve their personal and professional growth

  Services Offered Include:

  • Bookkeeping/ Finance
  • HR ( Human Resources) 
  • Business Operation Consulting
  • Synergy Business Support Groups

'For Business Owners From Business Owners'

Synergy Business Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeepers, HR and Business Consultants.


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