Yellow gold lends itself very well to being melted down and used for remodelling. All carats of yellow gold can be melted together. When your gold is being melted, we take great care to ensure that only your gold is melted – it doesn’t get mixed with anyone else’s gold. So if a ring is made with your gold, you know that it is 100% yours.
When working with 20-24ct yellow gold, which is very soft, we may suggest that an alloy be added to it to make it a harder metal which will stand the test of time and wear better. This will depend on what piece of jewellery is being made – rings get bashed around on your hand a lot more than earrings or pendants do.
Unfortunately, white gold doesn’t lend itself to being melted down. It tends to crack, so we don’t use it for remodelling. Nevertheless, white gold can be valued and traded in as scrap metal against the cost of your piece.
We generally don’t melt silver for customers as the work involved is more costly than the value of the metal itself. It tends to make more economic sense to work with fresh silver. The exception to this is when the silver is of great sentimental value. In that case, we are very happy to melt it.
Some alloys of platinum can be melted and some cannot. During your design consultation we can test your platinum to see if it can be used for your new piece. If it is not possible to melt it, we will let you know the scrap metal value and this can be offset against the cost of your order.