It’s appalling, really, how much of the work we do is based on restoring the faith of customers badly abused by the industry. Apparently there are some bad goldsmiths out there and we have the unfortunate privilege of getting their crap off the streets. Oh, the stories I could tell.

One of the main complaints these days, however, has less to do with the work than with the mate
rial. “Why is my white gold ring turning yellow?” is a question I am asked almost weekly and the answer is that it’s not really white gold. What it is, is beige gold; an alloy that makes it possible for jewellery manufacturers to mass produce white gold jewellery in profitable quantities.
 White gold is a problematic material to deal with in a large industrial setting. By adding zinc and other materials to white gold, the working characteristics improve, but the colour most emphatically does not. It turns beige.
We use a white gold alloy which, while it will never be as white as platinum, is truly white, and will remain so under all conditions. It is exceedingly hard and polishes up beautifully. Like platinum, it’s a miserable material to work with in some ways, but it is just as rewarding. I go on about it at greater length here MetalsManufacturers then rhodium plate the piece which yields a very white product. For a while, anyway. With normal wear the plating scrapes off, revealing the murky-looking metal underneath.

There is also a special category of unscrewing work that we refer to as "Customer Helping".
Here you may see such wonders as this; "Honey, there's no way I'm paying some overpriced goldsmith to fix a ring. I got solder, I got an old ring, I'll just stick 'em together."

Whoops.


                             Or maybe just cement this pearl. Nothing to it. It does have a kind of                                                                                                             Escher-esque quality to it.


And there are some pieces for which there is no hope at all.  See also Tennis Bracelets 

 

 

     Shop Rates 

     Regular………...….$75.00/Hr.

 Rush…….…...............…..$100.00/Hr.

  Customer Waiting……….....…$150.00/Hr.

     Customer Watching.......................$250.00/Hr.

       Customer Helping...................................Priceless

 


 

Oh, and thanks to Mike Holmes for the use of his body in the picture at the top of the page. Make it right!