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!
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