Post # 1
We’re in the process of making my custom ring. It’s been a process from hell but it seems like it’s finally coming to an end. Long story short, the original ring that was made was not up to par (uneven cuts, hand designing was flawed, thicker band than expected, setting was too high, etc) so we’re having it made by a CAD design instead of by hand. We’ve approved the CAD design and now we’re just waiting on it to be made.
A few weeks ago I was so fed up with the process that I went to another jeweler to find out how much it would cost for them to change the setting for me. The lady told me they would not be able to use the white gold the ring is already made with because it would develop little air bubble type of things (she had a technical name for it but I don’t recall it) which would cause the ring to be more prone to break. We didn’t end up going with this jeweler because of the cost but I know my jeweler is melting down the current ring & using the white gold again.
Have any of you ever heard of this problem with white gold? I’m choosing to trust my jeweler that the piece made will be of good quality (and I will have it appraised & insured just in case something DOES go wrong with the ring of course) but in the back of my mind, I’m worried it will be weaker than it would have been if I hadn’t had it remade. I’ve googled this a little bit and what I’ve found had more to do with recycled OLD gold (grandmother’s ring and such) and the comments were that jewelers don’t like to mix old gold with their own gold and that doing so is a hassle and can not only take more time, but would be more expensive.
Just wondering if any of you had ever heard of this?
Post # 3
sounds to me like the other jeweler was feeding you a line to try and get you to buy something outright instead of reducing costs by supplying your own gold.
Post # 4
You can not simply melt down a ring and remake it, it would need to be re refined which is probably what the other jeweller was trying to explain to you, the more you heat and cool good the more impurities you add to it which will reduce the overall quality of the good and make it more prone to breakage refining is an expensive process so it is generally cheaper to get new gold, then to pay to get a small amount of good refined.
so no they are not just trying to get you to pay more they are trying to give you a quality product that will last. Hope this helps.
p.s- any jeweller that is just going to melt and reform your exsisting gold is only going to end in a ring is sub par quality and will not stand the test of time. You should avoid these people, they are just cheating you. They pay out nothing, charge you big for inferior “custom” work and your stuck with the mess they make
Post # 5
@Sassy9226: yikes! tx for the info. Didnt know that.Sounds like the OP may wish to rethink this second ring.
Post # 6
@Sassy9226: thank you! I don’t know which my jeweler is doing. I am almost done with the process now so it is definitely too late to change much of anything (we’re already out $5500). I just hope they’re either refining the gold or supplying new WHITE gold & keeping the yellow gold that was already in the ring (it’s from my grandmother’s ring) but I’ll have to just call and ask. thanks for your help
Post # 7
I’m getting a white gold ring remade at the moment. The jeweller is melting down my old rings, but said he’d have to add more metal to make it back up to what we had originally because of impurities (or something along those lines).
Post # 8
@NocturnalNymph: that’s the thing, I KNOW people do it. I guess all I can do is hope for the best. We’re not adding any gold to it or anything, just melting it down and rebuilding. & since it’s the same gold she always works with hopefully it’s done right. I just worry it’ll make it weaker