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Roses Last A Few Days, But Gold-Dipped Ones Last Forever

(Kitco News) - Why settle for roses this Valentine’s Day when you can get gold-covered ones?

To all those last-minute shoppers, gold-plated and silver-plated roses are now available on the market.

According to Raphael Scherer, managing director for German-based bullion dealer Degussa, it is one of the most popular V-day items they have.

“The roses and everything that has a heart shape,” he told Kitco News in an email response Tuesday.

Each rose, he explained, is made up of roughly one gram of gold, depending on the size. “The manufacturing process takes roughly two days because of several drying procedures,” he added.

The process involves dipping the actual rose in pure gold and later removing the organic material, he said. For the silver rose, it is dipped in silver and rhodium.

Montreal-based Kitco Metals, which partnered with Degussa, recently sold out of the gold rose item, which was selling at $182.90 a pop.

However, these are not the only hot-selling items on Valentine’s Day for Degussa.

“Very popular is our nugget jewelry…the Star Trek coins have been popular too,” Scherer said. “Also, our jewelry with hearts and crosses do have their fans.”

You can always settle for regular roses this Valentine’s Day, which will probably only last a couple of days. These metallic roses, on the other hand, (cliché alert) will last a lifetime.

By Sarah Benali of Kitco News; sbenali@kitco.com

 

 

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