Metal price update

20 04 2016

My last update was a little over four months ago … let’s see …

1. Gold per gram in A$, over 2yrs : geez, that’s a jump since early December … did you buy in December, like I said (check out that last post!)??

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

2. Gold per gram in US$, over 2yrs : that jump since December/January is the market, though the exchange rate looks to have done us some favours (finally) in the recent few months

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ : errr, look at that spike in the most recent week ; lines up with spikes in gold so perhaps market-wide or at least commodities or metals-wide ; this metal certainly isn’t showing much in terms of movement away from what could be perceived as an central marker of about A$680/kg … should have bought in December …

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

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previous metal price update: 9 December 2015

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Metal price update

9 12 2015

My last update was a little over five months ago (gold only about four months ago) … let’s see …

1. Gold per gram in A$, over 2yrs : go buy!!! well, make your own decision … but it’s close to the lowest it’s been all year; I have no idea whether it’ll go down further or go up .. if I knew that I wouldn’t be working my days in an office

as at 9th December 2015

as at 9th December 2015

2. Gold per gram in US$, over 2yrs : the difference to the above graph will be due to the A$/US$ exchange rate; this is quite a drop over the year over close to 25% from high to low over the year …

at 9th December 2015

at 9th December 2015

3. Gold per gram in US$, over 10yrs : looking over a longer period to put it in context …

at 9th December 2015

at 9th December 2015

4. Gold per gram in A$, over 10yrs : over the same 10 year period ; interesting to see when the exchange rate turned against us (around 2012)

at 9th December 2015

at 9th December 2015

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ : I’d say the latest drop, as it lines up with the gold price drop, may be cross-market (all metals)

at 9th December 2015

at 9th December 2015

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previous metal price update: 19 June 2015 … and gold 09 August 2015

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Gold prices

9 08 2015

You’ve probably seen the news that gold has reached new low levels of value … well, that’s only in US$ of course…

as at 09Aug15

as at 09Aug15

The A$ .v. US$ exchange rate means that Australians may be paying less than we have all year, but it’s most certainly not at a 5yr low by any stretch…

as at 09Aug15

as at 09Aug15

Darn exchange rate.

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In US$ the gold price is at its lowest for over 5 years, but the 10 year view is interesting.

as at 09Aug15

as at 09Aug15

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Metal price update

19 06 2015

My last update was a little over three months ago … erm, not much to report really.

1. Gold per gram in A$ :

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

1a. Gold per gram in US$ : the difference to the above graph will be due to the A$/US$ exchange rate:

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ :

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

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previous metal price update: 10th March 2015

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Metal price update

10 03 2015

My last update was a little over four months ago … there’s been a bit of movement, but mostly due to the A$/US$ exchange rate.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : ooh err, the price has gone berserk since the last update.

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

1a. Gold per gram in US$ : the difference to the above graph will be due to the A$/US$ exchange rate:

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

Ah ha, so the rise in the price we pay for gold is almost entirely due to the exchange rate (ie. weakening Australian dollar). It looks like there was a drop in the exchange rate in September and again in late November/December …

1b. exchange rate A$ / US$ over 1 yr:

exchange rate

exchange rate

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ :

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

2a. Silver per kilogram in US$ : so it’s been relatively stable for a few months, but the A$ price hasn’t been … the pattern is approximately the same with the spike in late Jan15, but the rise in the above graph is exaggerated by the exchange rate

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

Though in the scheme of things, it’s still among the lowest price in the last few years.

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

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previous metal price update: 3rd November 2014

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Another exhibition idea

24 12 2014

Creativity has been a subject occupying my mind a great deal lately.

As I wrote just recently, I prefer the ideation and drawing and playing, than the actual making. Therefore I wondered if an exhibition idea could be to show this part of the process as the actual exhibition items … exhibited as drawing works in their own right, alongside the proposed materials (my stash of opal pairs in this case).

I often think the tinkering with options we all do when we’re embarking on a piece is most interesting … maybe visitors would also be interesting, perhaps imagining the finished objects among the options shown in the drawings, perhaps even voting on which should be made …

Or even if different designs were drawn for each set of stones in the style of different art eras … art deco, art nouveau, medieval, contemporary, in-the-style-of famous artists/makers …

photo 2 photo 1

Interestingly I’ve noticed an exhibition coming up next year that has a concept very similar to the ‘in reply‘ one I mused about a few years ago. Funny – I often wonder about the common phrase that there are ‘no new ideas’!





Thinking

13 12 2014

I’ve been on holidays for three weeks (from my regular day-job in a finance institution) … and I’ve been using the time to think …  a lot … a whole darn lot.

While I don’t miss the studio as such, I do miss creativity.
Writing makes up for some of that, but not all.
Knitting makes up for some of it, but it’s meditative not creative for me.

opals_13dec14

opals_13dec14

So I’ve retrieved my opal collection from their hidey-hole.

I’ll look at them, perhaps even doodle a little, and see what arises … yes, I still want to make jewellery things out of them … but I’m not sure I want to do the making, perhaps the imagining and drawing will be sufficient for now.