THE JEWELERS TECHNICAL ADVICE COMPANY
was founded in1912, when platinum was first coming into use as a jewelry metal.Its manager, Sam W. Hoke, was a pioneer in the technology of platinum. He patented a series of oxygen-gas torches, used formelting and welding platinum, soldering gold and platinum jewelry, melting quartz glass, etc.In 1912 the melting of platinum was possible in only a fewplants in the whole world; today it is a commonplace in even thesmaller jewelry factories.C. M. Hoke, the writer of this book, has a background of uni-versity training in chemistry and biology, as well as experience inthe teaching of chemistry. For years she has devoted her time toinstructing jewelers and others in refining, melting, salvaging andfinishing the precious metals, and in developing equipment forthe control of compressed gases.