Melting and remodeling an old jewelry for a new e-ring? Opinions are welcomed

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Most jewelers will not melt down old pieces themselves and recast from it. Any solder, repair metals, and even parts of the original alloy can “burn off”, which changes the karat of the gold and often makes it more brittle. Most pieces made from melted old pieces do NOT last, and their purity and quality cannot be guaranteed. At minimum, most jewelers will use 50% new gold alloy, and many will simply refuse to do anything except buy old gold and send it en masse to be melted down and made into new alloy. So it is highly unlikely that a jeweler will make something from your old pieces of gold, and it isn’t even recommended if they say they will.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

LilMissFreya:  

Depends on the jeweler. I’ve traded in old gold against repairs/new pieces before. This was a local, standalone jeweler though- you can’t do this through a chain.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I got a ring made by a local, family owned, manufacturing jeweller and while they didn’t use the gold from my old jewellery in the ring, they did count that gold towards the ring which made it slightly cheaper. Depends on the jeweller but that may be another option to lower the price. 

Post # 7
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564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

LilMissFreya:  

I believe it was it’s market value by weight at the time. I cannot recall exactly what the discount was. The price of gold is largely dependent on the market. You could check up the value by weight?

Post # 8
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Busy bee

LilMissFreya:  If the pieces aren’t broken, or damaged, maybe you’d get more selling them as jewelry rather than scrapping them. I’d list them on ebay and start the auction at the cost of the gold scrap and hope it sells for more.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I recently sold a mens gold band (solid gold) when I bought my FI’s band. The gold band was just sitting around and my FI wanted white gold. Orginially they told me $60 but then offered $90 if I bought my FI’s wedding band that day. Sadly, they go by weight so unless the gold is heavy you won’t get much for it.

Any money is better than nothing though, so why not sell the gold and just have a new ring made?

Post # 10
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Helper bee

LilMissFreya:  I was once offered 40usd rebate to trade in a gold ring.. Probably cost me 250usd when I bought it ): hope this info helps 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

echomomm:  from your knowledge would private jewelers agree to melt down gold pieces in good condition you previously bought from them if u want to create a new ring? 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Generally, no. Even with new pieces, remelting the piece will cause parts of the original alloy to vaporize, and they would not be able to guarantee the alloy or its durability. Remelting gold and not going through the full process of purifying, separating, re-alloying, etc. can make things that are unpredictable and may not last. Most jewelers simply won’t do it (and like I said, I generally wouldn’t trust any jeweler who said it was a good idea). 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

LilMissFreya:  good idea! that’s what my FI did. I guess it isn’t done often because the jeweler looked a little stunned when we said we’d be paying for the ring in cash lol!

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