Science: Better Gold

At Attleboro, Mass., the General Plate Company, manufacturing jewelers, announced, naturally without metallurgical particulars, that its 26-year-old superintendent, Victor D. D'Avignon, had perfected a process for altering the nature of the gold used in the plant so that it became from 8 to 18% lighter and proportionately cheaper, in a given working mass. From a stated amount of 14-karat gold, for instance, 118 articles could be made by D'Avignon where another man could make but 100. The new gold was harder, more durable than the old; perspiration would not tarnish it, nor gases...

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