So, you've got bits and pieces
of broken, worn out, or unwanted jewelry. You could sell the gold and
get some value out of it but you'd really like to make something new out
of it. Just how does that work?
Q: Can I melt my jewelry into a new ring?
A: Yes....and no! Yes you can but with some knowledge
and accepted risks. First, know that the amount of metal in your pieces
may not be as great as you think it is. Watch the attached video and
you'll see what we mean. Gold is very malleable so a little can go
along way. One ounce of gold can be hammered into one hundred square
feet of gold leaf! The other important thing to know is that there are a
variety of other metals and possible pollutants in your old jewelry,
like solder and lead and on and on. This brings us to the risk. The
jeweler will do the work...they'll take your gold, dedicate one casting
flask to your project (instead of several), cast, finish and polish and
voila! Your new piece of jewelry with the old gold MAY have pits,
discolorations or even cracks. There's no going back, however, the work
has been done and is only right to be paid for; the jeweler did their
level best with the materials given. What you do have though is
something new made from pieces that had some sentiment for you...and
that's worth it!