Many people have gold jewellery kicking around which, for one reason or another, they no longer wear. These might be concerns of aesthetics, size, or they may be deep emotional reasons. One way or the other: gold can most definitely be recycled, and made into something brand new.
Here is how that works:
I generally trade in the value of your hallmarked gold towards the price of your new ring. As of April 25th 2021, trade-in value of stamped and hallmarked gold is as follows:
$50/gram for 18k
$39/gram for 14k gold
Note that this rate changes depending on market price.
While it is possible under certain circumstances to incorporate your melted used gold into a new ring, there are many reasons why I don’t recommend it.
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. Specifically, a lot of physical pressure is placed on the metal during the forging of rings in the OneFooter Series, making the structural integrity of the metal of the utmost importance. This being said, reusing/remelting/reshaping gold causes the gold to become brittle. Newly refined metal must be added to prevent this brittleness.
So while it is possible to incorporate heirloom jewellery into the metal content of a new ring, it does become an extra-special project. This whole process is easier for pieces which are cast, such as the Script or MapleWrap Series, not fabricated.
I can re-set your stone(s) whether it’s in a ring currently or not. However, there are some things you should know ahead of time.
Occasionally, a stone can have unseen fissures, which can crack in the process of un-setting and re-setting. This not being a stone I have chosen (and in this case, even seen), I cannot guarantee its authenticity, nor can I guarantee its complete safety when I re-set it, no matter how careful I will be. Having said that: I do it all the time! I guarantee that I will use the exact stone that is sent to me, and that I will apply skill and love to the rebirth of your ring.