Reusing Old Jewellery & Custom Jewellery
Often clients ask me to use the gold from their old rings towards the making of the new one. This is a lot more complicated than you would think. For one thing, not all gold is actually what it is stamped as. Secondly, I cannot simply melt the gold into a new ring; this would compromise the strength of the gold itself, as the precious metal could become brittle from being melted repeatedly. In order to do this correctly, your old gold will need to be refined first to 24k purity, then re-alloyed (mixed with other metals to make it 18k), and then made into the wire I use to forge the Onefooter rings from. All this takes money and/or a lot of labor. The resulting value is generally much less than people expect. When you bought that piece originally, you weren’t paying just for the gold, of course – much like, when you eat at a restaurant, you don’t just pay for the groceries needed to prepare the meal on your plate.
So: I can use your gold to towards the creation of a new piece, but you may be surprised at the value – which is a going rate in the industry. That rate fluctuates with the market price. At the time this update, March 31 2019, trade-in value of stamped and hallmarked gold is as follows:
$32/gram for 18k and $25/gram for 14k gold
Remember: this changes depending on market price. I will confirm at time of receiving your gold jewellery/coin & weighing after stone extraction. Please know that I might use a gold tester to check pureness of metal; testing of gold can leave a small mark, and will require filing into the surface of the gold to make sure the actual metal is tested, not just its surface.
More info on gold from my Expert Advice column on my blog and on my materials page.
You can also use the following instructions:
How to Measure for Bangle Size
1. Prepare Hold your hand as if you were putting on a bangle. Bring all of your fingers together with your thumb and little finger touching. 2. Measure Measure around the hand at the widest point with a tape measure, string, or a strip of paper. Be sure to pull the paper, string, or tape measure snug against your skin. If using a string/paper, mark it with a pen and then measure it with a ruler. This measurement is the circumference of your hand. 3. Determine Diameter Use the following chart to determine the diameter of your hand, based on the circumference. After determining the diameter, choose a bangle that’s at least 6mm (1/4″) larger in diameter than the diameter measurement of your hand Size not listed in the chart? If your size doesn’t fit into these categories, please choose “Other” for your size selection, and indicate your circumference measurement in the space provided.
|Hand Circumference (mm)||Diameter (mm)||Size|
|190 mm||60 mm||SMALL|
|210 mm||67 mm||MEDIUM|
|219 mm||70 mm||LARGE|
|Hand Circumference (in)||Diameter (in)||Size|
|7 1/2″||2 3/8″||SMALL|
|8 1/4″||2 5/8″||MEDIUM|
|8 5/8″||2 3/4″||LARGE|
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Materials & Sourcing
All diamonds are Canadian diamonds which are all ethically sourced. Our sapphires are from Pierres de Charme. I source my sterling silver and gold for most of my jewellery, such as the OneFooter series, from Umicore Precious Metals and Stuller Inc. Cast materials for rings like those in the MapleLeaf series are from recycled materials from Montreal-based SR2 Technologies.
In-depth sourcing information can be found here: MaterialsMore info on gold can also be found from my Expert Advice column on my blog.
I only make OneFooter rings in 18k yellow or 18k palladium white gold, or sterling silver. No lower carat, no rose gold.
Palladium white gold lends itself to the forging technique. I appreciate its colour very much – it is very contemporary, and it is hypo-alleregenic, as it does not contain nickel.I can rhodium plate, but I do not recommend it; I recommend against it as it has too many surfaces to rub off the plating. My settings are always either 18k yellow or 18K white gold. In-depth sourcing information can be found here: Materials
Care & Cleaning
Like all handcrafted jewellery, my pieces require proper care and attention.
Generally, follow common sense: shower or wash your hands and put on lotions, perfumes or deodorants before you put on jewellery. Avoid wearing jewellery where it can get damaged by contact with hard surfaces such as on the beach (sand = abrasive … as in ‘sandpaper’), at the swimming pool (chemicals), working out or using tools (steel is harder than sterling or gold).
I am offering jewellery cleaning products which I feel confident in. My Polishing Cloth for all jewellery, Gentle Jewellery Cleaning Kit for gold and gemstone jewellery, and my Silver Dip Solution for quickly and efficiently removing tarnish from sterling silver.
To clean gold or palladium jewellery, or that containing gemstones, dilute dish detergent in a small bowl of warm water and soak each piece for 3-5 minutes. Gently clean your item by using a soft bristle toothbrush. To ensure you removed all the diluted dish soap, rinse the piece under warm running water.
For best results, use my specially formulated Gentle Jewellery Cleaning Kit. My Gentle Jewellery Cleaner is safe to use on a wide array of jewellery, from beads and sterling silver to gold, gemstones, delicate pearls, opals, and unique fashion jewelry. This ammonia-free cleaner can be safely used on porous stones, soft stones, enamel and treated gemstones to keep jewellery sparkling like new. The kit also includes a polishing cloth. Follow the intersections in the package.
If you do not have the kit, try with warm water & soap, then rinse well and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Be sure to dry your jewellery completely before wearing it again.
The single best way to avoid tarnishing of your sterling silver jewellery is to wear it – worn jewellery rarely tarnishes, unless a person has very specifically acidic body chemistry. This has to do with amino acids, and can change with changes in hormone balance, and with medication, particularly chemotherapy.
Environmental factors such as proximity to the ocean, or sulphur developing during cooking in your kitchen, can harm jewellery, especially sterling silver.
So don’t store your sterling silver over the sink, or by the open window facing the ocean, or next to your stove, or even in the bathroom where it is more humid then in other rooms. If you have them, store your jewellery in tarnish-resistance baggies when you are not wearing the pieces. This will also prevent the pieces of rubbing against each other in your jewellery box.
Unlike my Gentle Jewellery Cleaning Kit , which is for gold jewellery and items containing gemstones, the Silver Dip is not safe to use on all jewellery, but is exclusively for use on sterling silver. Do not use on porous gemstones, delicate pearls, opals, enamels or fashion jewelry.
It is, however, an amazingly well-working silver dip – once rough debris or oils are removed, simply immerse the sterling silver piece in the basket, count one-onehundred, two-onehundred, three-onehundred, four, and out it comes. Rinse immediately under running water. Dry with soft cloth. For very best results, use my Polishing Cloth for final polish.
Please be advised that this process will also remove any patina or oxidization, which may have been applied to your piece on purpose (these are like the dark lines in recesses to highlight designs).
One last word: Such magic does not happen without chemicals, so it is recommended that you open a window (or two) while you do this. There is a definite smell to this product, as well. But trust me, I have tried many many such product, and this is the best! You will love it.
will remove any and all oxidation from our piece. Some jewelry and charms are meant to have oxidation to bring out textures, stamping, etc.
If you do not have the silver dip solution, then try warm soapy water. Apply diluted dish detergent to a clean cotton or flannel cloth and rub the piece in one direction. Try to avoid circular motions. When not in use, store your well-dried jewellery in a sealed pouch, ideally tarnish resistant. I can mail you some if you need them.
For heavily stained pieces:
Let’s face it, sometimes jewellery gets very, very neglected. To remove heavier tarnish or oily build-up, soak and then wash your silver jewelry with warm water and mild dish soap. Use a very soft bristled toothbrush to loosen any stubborn bits. Then proceed to using the cleaning solutions.
Having said all that: the dark patina which builds up over time in the crevices of the OneFooter Series rings can become a very attractive element of a well-worn piece. Many of my collectors value this sign of age, when the ring remains shiny on the outside, because they wear it every day. Soapy water will definitely suffice, in that case 🙂
A last word: please do not use any homemade jewellery cleaning ideas, such as bleach, ammonia, baking soda or even toothpaste, on gemstones.
Immerse jewellery in cleanser for two minutes. Use the included brush to gently loosen any stubborn dirt in crevices of your Onefooter. Rinse & dry well.
Follow up with polishing cloth: rub the piece with the inside cloth, which contains the polishing compound, then use the lint-free outer polishing cloth for final brilliant finishing and handling of your jewellery after polishing.
To clean pearl strands, dampen a soft cloth with solution and wipe pearls.
To remove heavier tarnish or oily build-up in between strands or in crevices, soak and then wash your silver jewelry with warm water and mild dish soap, first. Use a very soft bristled toothbrush to loosen any stubborn bits. Then proceed to using the Gentle Jewellery Solution and Polishing Cloth.
Simply insert the tarnished piece into the liquid in the included dipping basket for about 4 seconds, slightly agitating it. Remove promptly and immediately rinse well under running warm water, then dry with a soft cloth!
To remove heavier tarnish or oily build-up, soak and then wash your silver jewelry with warm water and mild dish soap, first. Use a very soft bristled toothbrush to loosen any stubborn bits. Then proceed to using the Silver Dip.
Have more questions?
Please contact me and I will respond to your question as soon as possible.