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Can I Use My Own Metal To Create A Signet Ring?
03.April.2023

Can I Use My Own Metal To Create A Signet Ring?

Wondering whether you can use your own metal to create a custom signet ring?

It's incredible special and meaningful to continue the legacy of a loved one who has passed. 

If you are wanting to use sentimental gold in your new ring, this article could help you to make a decision.

Why would you want to recycle gold?

Many people have jewellery they have inherited, but it sits in their jewellery box rather than being worn.

Sometimes people like to have their family gold remodelled into something they love and will wear. This makes a lot of sense - it's much better to be wearing jewellery than letting it sit around gathering dust!

But before you have your jewellery melted and reused, there are a few things to consider first.

Here are 3 things to think about before using your own metal in a signet ring:

1. Can any jeweller melt down my gold?

Not every jeweller or jewellery company is able to melt your gold to use in a new ring. Large chain jewellers specialise in retailing, rather than manufacturing. This means, they will generally have a good range of rings - including signet rings - for you to buy "off the shelf" - however hand making to order is not something they usually provide.

If you want to recycle your gold, most manufacturing jewellers can provide this service. 

At Benjamin Black we make all of our jewellery by hand, so we are used to working with all types of precious metals. 

2. Will my gold be used in the whole signet ring?

Every manufacturing jeweller works differently, so it's important to choose a jeweller you know and trust. Alternatively you can ask family and friends for a referral, or read online reviews of whoever you are considering. 

At Benjamin Black, when we melt down and reuse our customer's gold in a new signet ring, the sentimental or 'melted' gold is used as the top part of the ring. We do this to minimise the risk of the gold cracking.

3. Consider the risks. 

Although reusing metal is something we absolutely encourage, there is a small risk it won't work in the remodelling process, due to how it has been previously alloyed. 

One of the great things about working with a qualified,  professional manufacturing jeweller, is they know how to work with old metal, so ask about the risks involved before you commit.

At Benjamin Black we always view metal before committing to a remodel. 

What about jewellery that isn't sentimental? 

If you have broken or unused jewellery that you would like to reuse, rather than heirloom jewellery, we can provide you with a trade in credit, which will help to bring the cost of your piece down. 

If you have any questions or wish for us to view your jewellery, give us a call on +64 3 546 9137 or email us on studio@benjaminblack.co.nz.

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