Recycled metals in rings

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
Member
85 posts
Worker bee

@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
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2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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 # 6
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8419 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
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1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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.

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