The quick answer: YES! A resounding yes, but there are a few catches. Read on to find out what you need to know about re-setting your gemstone into a new ring.
Something old is New Again
A major part of Bruce Trick Jewellery is custom work focused on redesigning and resetting someone's heirloom gemstone or diamond. Often it's a ring from a grandmother, or possibly a redesign from back when they couldn't afford a larger gemstone; the reasons may vary but the situation is the same. They are pieces of jewellery with history, with memories attached to them. That's what I aim to keep so that you can hold on to those memories forever.
Can you reuse my gold as well?
The answer to this one is both yes and no. Please allow me to explain. Many jewellers will only be able to use up to 50% of your sentimental gold (old gold). This is because when we use more than 50% old gold, we run the risk of pitting (micro bubbles inside the gold that weaken your piece) due to the alloys used in the mixture. Almost every goldsmith has their own recipe of gold and alloy mixtures
At Bruce Trick Jewellery, however, I CAN re-use 100% with no risk of pitting. How? For an extra fee I'll send your gold to be refine down to pure. I can refine any amount over 1 gram. That way I can re-use all of your sentimental gold and not just give you credit for it. You can keep every memory.
"I can re-use 100% with no risk of pitting"
Technical Side of Things (read at your own risk)
What are these alloys and why do you need to add them? Gold, pure gold, is measured in karats. Pure gold is 24 karat but it's very soft so we add other metals to make it stronger, harder, and give other characteristics. Typically, yellow gold alloys are silver and copper. The percentages of each can change from recipe to recipe. Other goldsmiths add different metals to change the metal's characteristics, but they always maintain the correct amount of gold. By that I mean, 14k gold always contains 14/24 or 58.3% pure gold and 41.7% alloys. That's a standard and it's upheld in Canada through the Precious Metals Marking Act and Regulations. 18k is 75% pure gold, and 10k if 41.6% pure gold. At Bruce Trick Jewellery, I prefer to make each piece in 14k or 18k gold in any colour of your choosing. I feel the strength is better and your piece retains it's value more.
But isn't 10k harder because it has less gold so it's better?
No, not necessarily. 10k gold can be hard but hard also means more brittle. I've found that it can break or snap more easily than 14k or 18k. Because of the malleability (ability to be misshapen without breaking) 14k and 18k can be bent when they are damaged, and be restored to original.
What about white or rose gold?
Rose gold uses more copper and less silver to maintain a gold/coppery glow, while white gold is more difficult to attain. It's always a little bit yellowish due to the natural colour of gold, but in North America we add nickel to our alloys to give it a white appearance.
Allergies to gold? No, it's an allergy to the alloy.
Some people are allergic to nickel so if you are unsure, I suggest that you borrow (and clean before wearing) a pair of white gold earrings or ring, and wear them for a couple of weeks. You should find out fairly quickly if you have a nickel allergy or not. At Bruce Trick Jewellery, I use an ultra-white white gold alloy mixture that does not need to be rhodium plated (or dipped as some call it). If you do have an allergy, I have other allergy-free options so please reach out to find out more. If you would like to have something custom made from an heirloom piece of jewellery, or you're just looking to re-design your piece, please reach out to us and I would be happy to give you a free consultation.