Post # 1
Just curious what anyone’s experience and/or knowledge is with using recycled metals (e.g. Gold) in jewelry, specifically rings in terms of durability, quality, etc. I don’t know much about it, but like the idea of not paying a huge markup for “new” gold (really, it’s all recycled in some way, isn’t it?) not to mention the “green”ness of going that route.
Anyone have/had any jewelry made with recycled metals? Pictures? Experiences? Thanks, in advance.
Post # 3
@JoCoJenn: I was reading a wedding blog a few weeks ago where the couple got their wedding rings made from recycled gold (gold was donated from family/relatives). I thought it was an interesting idea, so I saved the link for the company they used: http://www.greenkarat.com/mykarat/how-to-reuse-gold.asp
I like the “green”ness of this idea too, but FI and I haven’t decided yet if this is the direction we’ll go.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
A friend of mine made her own ring using recycled gold and a lab created diamond. She loves it and has had no issues with it at all. I don’t know many other details but it seems like a great option!
You can view her process here: Making the Ring
Post # 5
Thanks much to you both. One of the jewelers we are talking to uses recycled metals to create his settings. I just want to make sure that by going that route, we wouldn’t be compromising quality in terms of the metals, durability, stone security, etc. like, does each time gold is melted down, it loses a degree of strength or anything like that?
There is always so much focus on the gems that I think we take for granted the metal at times used to hold it all together.
Post # 6
@JoCoJenn: My ring was made out of recycled white gold by a local jeweler. I’ve had it for over 2 years and it’s held up just fine. I think the quality in the craftsmanship makes all the difference.
Post # 7
Well, the average piece of new jewelry uses 75% recycled gold. If it’s refined between each process, there’s no difference, really. Most jewelers who accept your gold to recycle aren’t putting it directly into your piece though but sending it to get refined and getting scrap value, so if you want something made out of your specific piece, you have to clarify that with the jeweler. If you’re not refining it and just melting it directly and then using it, that can cause porosity issues. If you are refining it, it’s less environmentally friendly to do it in such a small batch, and if you’re doing it for “green” purposes better to send it in to the refinery and receive scrap value.
Post # 8
@housebee: Thanks. The jeweler has fabulous reviews from customers, and his pieces are beautiful. I agree that the craftsmanship is probably very key to a positive outcome.
@distracts: thanks. I wasn’t planning to recycle my own gold though; rather, he uses recycled metals in the creation of his pieces. I do have a few gold pieces I could stand to part with and might do so, but don’t feel inclined to use them in the creation of this ring.