Pewter, Gold, Silver, and other Precious Metals have an inherent quality and an intrinsic look to them. They can however be cost prohibitive for some projects. This cost can be minimized by plating (adding a thin layer to the outside) rather than casting the entire piece out of the precious metal. Pewter is a great metal for casting statuettes, pins, medals, challenge coins, and offers a great look as a belt buckle. It’s relatively low melting point allows it to be cast with a variety of techniques. Gold, there is no substitute for gold. The Bling factor is second to none. The color and brilliance literally outshine brass or other gold materials. Gold will never rust, tarnish, or fade. It excels as material to cast high value items such as pins, jewelry, and coins. Its high cost makes plating a more economical option. Silver, like gold has a high material cost. Silver has a better feel and weight in your hand than other silver material and is one of the shiniest elements. It has a brilliant white metallic luster and does tarnish. Cost wise, silver is less expensive than Gold, but its high cost makes plating a more economical option. Silver is most commonly used on pins, jewelry, coins, medallions, belt buckles, and medals.