(Closed) Melt down family ring to make new wedding band?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@kaitywait:  I don’t have experience, but I don’t think it’s expensive– you’re providing the material!  I saw an etsy seller (gosh I can’t remember the name) that actually offered this “service.”

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My plain wedding band was than $200 so if you are providing the material it’s GOT to be less… Him offering you the ring is SO sweet of him!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think this is her! She has some beautiful pieces: http://www.etsy.com/shop/kyleannemetals#  “Welcome to my shop, here you will find handmade jewelry that is simple, modern, and elegant. I love doing custom orders, and will gladly recycle your old gold and gemstones, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!” I’m sure she’d be able to give you a quick quote!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Thanks for linking to the seller. I have some gold that I wouldn’t mind made into other jewelry!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Brilliant Earth makes all their jewelry out of recycled gold.  They have info on their site, and will also accept customer jewelry for recycling.  What they aren’t totally clear on is whether they use *your* gold in *your* new ring–it says they give you a credit toward jewelry.  I note this b/c I did ask the jeweler who made my ring about re-using gold from family jewelry–he said he’d be happy to pay me market rate, but that he works with new gold b/c then he knows the purity and how it will act when he works with it.

The info on Brilliant Earth notes that all their recycled gold is re-refined down to pure elements–this may be why jewelers work with recycled gold, but that they don’t recycle your particular gold themselves.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

The savings may not always be that significant, mainly because “purifying” the gold again can be a bit of a process and while gold is not cheap, the amount of it in most settings is generally not THAT much to pass on a huge savings after that work involved to credit against the work. However, certainly the meaning may be significant in melting down and using your own gold.

Just a note with the kyleannemetals, I had to contact them several times to get a response when I was looking at getting some work done (I just wanted a quote), and eventually just went elsewhere. Hopefully you have better luck, but it was somewhat frustrating!

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