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.
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Here is how that works:

Gold

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

Gemstones
I use the utmost care and skill in extracting your stone from its current setting, and re-setting it into this custom-made ring for you. 

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.

Dorothee making handmade jewellery in her Halifax studio
Re-setting can be hard on a stone. Imagine it was your house – in this day and age, a house can be picked up and moved to a new location. But if there was any problem with the house to begin with, the re-locating would certainly bring that to the fore.
 

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.

One-of-a-Kind Handmade Script Ring in 18K Gold with Diamonds and Sapphires

Want to discuss the rebirth of your old ring?

Contact me about coming to see me in my Halifax studio. If you don’t live here, we can work remotely. I can safely ship your materials to my studio, not to worry.
902.422.9460

Feel free to give me a call to discuss all your options.

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Here are some examples of rebirth rings I have made for my clients:

A rebuild for a 20th anniversary

The diamonds came out of the original ring, and into the new one

This simple solitaire and wedding band set are about to get a make-over

This massive Amethyst was the client's grandmother's . It looked great in its rebirth form atop a 18k yellow gold Twofooter ring

A completely newly imagined version of the ring that originally held these stones

This full carat stone got a new home in a 18k yellow gold Onefooter ring