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Further to my previous question, the objective of making an acrylic core gold electroplating jewel, is to set diamonds on it without risking the cracking that happens when doing this on hollow electroforming pieces, even using a casting claw to insert the gemstone, these pieces end up breaking. So I need to know if itís still considered a high quality jewel with the acrylic inside. Thanks!

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Ana, this is essentially electroformed jewelry with the core left intact.  The core would present major problems if another jeweler tried to repair the item and any heat was used. If pushed to say high quality or not, I would likely say no. It likely should be electroformed to a thickness and uniformity of gold deposited so it would not crack or break in gentle stone setting. That would raise the quality and the core would not be needed except for conveying the design to the plate layer. But, I am not a final judge on this.  The quality is not only the materials but design and quality of build.  If for sale, a notification of the acrylic interior would be essential, noting that the core remains for strength and to help prevent serious denting.  This is not much different from the use wax/plaster mix to add weight and solidity to items such as sterling candlesticks. The candlesticks are suddenly quite weak and light weight with the stuffing gone!

I do not have an answer from hallmarking regulations.

If considered an art item, more so than jewelry in the ordinary sense, it might get closer to being high quality.

I hope this clarifies things a bit.
In the strictest sense, an answer from the assay office will be best. If they cll it hallmark-able jewelry, quality will then depend almost directly on design and high level of make.

God Bless.  Thomas  

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Have a question about jewelry repair or working with precious metal jewelry and gemstones? For many years up to December 31, 2010, I was a working professional bench jeweler, involved everyday with setting stones in mountings, designing and making jewelry, repairing and limited custom manufacture. If you work with jewelry as a hobby or as a profession, I might be able to help. I deal with the retail business, not mass production. Ask privately if you wish. See the box for that: It keeps your question between us. Please DO NOT ask MAKER'S MARKS, but metal quality marks are fine to ask. Please DO NOT ask diamond prices. See a gemologist for that.

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I have extensive experience in design, service and making of jewelry. I deal mostly with precious metals and gemstones but work with many materials as needed and usable to create an artistic design. My experience also includes freelance photography and photographer of jewelry and similar items for a former employer and individuals. Design of custom items requires reading the desires of the client and being clear on what can be done within that framework...then fulfilling the transition of idea to reality. Effective communications is essential in a working designer/producer and customer relationship.

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Education is English/Physics! Started in human resources, to advertising, to jewelry...wow, what a road. I have had formal training in jewelry work and many shared experiences with top grade jewelers. We just never know were we will go or be. Follow your best, your dreams, with some discretion! Don't let the work tear up your body along the way as it has mine.

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