There can be a few reasons why you are thinking about remodelling your jewellery. Your taste may have changed and a piece you once used to love now sits forgotten in your jewellery box, or maybe that antique piece you still love has come to the end of it's life, or perhaps you have just collected bits and pieces over the years and you want them all brought together in just one special piece that you can wear all the time. Whatever the reason, most people have some things they don’t wear anymore or a box of broken bits and pieces and odd earrings.
Most gold can be re used in some way or another and most stones can be removed and re used. Diamonds most definitely as they are the hardest material, and are most likely to be in the same condition that they were when they were set originally. However, even so, chipping does occur for various reasons and it is not uncommon for stones to have chips in them. Sometimes these can be recut depending on the damage and size of the stone and sometimes the design of the setting can hide such flaws. Semi-precious stones like rubies and sapphires, although second to diamonds on the hardness scale can also suffer chipping and scratching over their life time, especially on the table and around the edge of the facets. Like any stones these can be re-polished and as long as the chips are not too offensive, can be restored to their original beauty. Sometimes if it’s a ring that's been handed down through the family you might not even know how special that stone really is until you consult an expert.
Often people have a few gold chains that they have collected over the years and bracelets that have been worn so much and repaired so many times that it’s become too costly to keep repairing them or you risk it breaking and losing it altogether. More often than not these are 9ct which is a good hard wearing metal and if you have a collection you might find you have more than you actually realise. A great way to re-use these is by melting them all together and making a bangle that you can wear all the time - all your old memories melted into one beautiful solid piece that you will have with you always. I have several bangle designs that can easily be made out of old gold and will look great with or without the addition of stones. Although you also have the option of adding stones at a later date. Bangles can be a great work in progress as you can always add a diamond to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion or perhaps the birthstone of a new family member.
Whether you have 9, 14 or 18ct gold it can all be alloyed down to the lowest carat you have, and you will end up with a lot more options than you first thought. For example, if you have ten grams in 18 ct it can be alloyed down into 9 ct giving you a total of 20 grams, increasing your options.
So whether you want a new ring or just want to use up your dormant gold, don't be afraid that you don't know what you want, but bring down everything that you’re unsure about. Let me inspire you and help you find out what your new piece is going to be.
It's my job to find a new beginning for your jewellery and turn it into something that you won't want to put away in a box ever again!
It seems most people that have been researching wedding rings, whether on the net or talking to shop staff, are told that 9ct is a harder metal than 18ct. However this is only half true, therefore only right 50% of the time.
Yes, the carat of the gold makes a difference, although the colour of the gold must to be taken into consideration to fully understand this precious metal and choose the right alloy for you. The colour of the gold is determined by the other metals that are mixed with fine gold to get 9ct, 14ct and 18ct alloys (an alloy is a mixture of 2 or more metals). Gold, of course, is the base metal, 24ct being pure gold, 18ct is 75% pure gold 25% other metal (hall marked 750) 14ct is 58.5% fine gold 41.5% other (hall marked 585) and 9ct is 37.5% fine gold and 62.5% other (hall marked 375).
It is the other metal that is added that determines both the hardness and the colour of the end result. It is much the same as mixing paint. When making yellow gold or rose gold we add silver and copper, the more copper we add the 'rosier' the gold will become, and the more silver we add the 'whiter' the metal will become, and as copper is harder than silver the rosier the gold, the harder it becomes, which brings us back to the original question which is hardest?
In yellow gold, the 9ct alloy is a harder metal as there is more copper in 9ct than there is in 18ct therefore the 9ct yellow is a harder metal, however in white gold there is a lot more silver in the alloy as the silver whitens the colour, it's also a softer metal, therefore in 9ct there is a lot more silver to gold ratio so it becomes a softer alloy than the 18ct white gold alloy.
To sum up, 9ct yellow is harder than 18ct yellow as there is more copper in the alloy, and in the white gold, 18ct white is the harder metal as the 9ct white has a lot more silver, which is soft. So when choosing the best metal for you, first decide whether you want white, yellow or rose, and then decide whether the hardness is of concern.
All the rings I make are made to last and able to have alterations done to them without being concerned that they will suffer, taking into consideration how they will be worn and how often. I don't want you to be worried your ring won't last or become misshapen. I make every ring with the thought that if anything needs to be done to it I will be the one doing it, and I don't want to work on a ring that hasn't been made well enough to be sized and altered as life changes.
Most guys just want a simple wedding ring, if they want one at all. They may never have, or even ever thought about, wearing jewellery and believe that they won't even wear a wedding ring after the wedding day. But trust me, after wearing a ring for a short time they will feel lost without it.
It's important to choose a wedding ring that is unique to them, even a plain and simple ring can be customised to suit an individual. I like to spend the time to get to know my clients and after sitting down and talking, I start to get a feel for the kind of person you are and within a short time you will find that you actually do have ideas about what you want your ring to look like and represent. You will often surprise yourself with your own ideas.
Even if you have no idea of what your wedding ring should look like, don't be concerned, it's my job to find that idea and turn it into something you won't want to be without.
Give me a call to arrange an appointment to discuss your ideas... or work on finding out what those ideas are.