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I have been using a technic for melting gold jewelry down with Amalgamite to recover as pure gold as possible. However when firing the cuple with an oxy-acetylene torch to recover the final button of gold, the gold disappears along with the other materials. How can I melt gold down to nearly pure without chemicals?

There are a couple of options here. Remember the gold isn't gone, simply changed form to a vapor. Also the purer the gold is the higher it temperature it melts at. If you must use a oxy/acetylene torch, I suggest you add borax flux to help contain the vapor and also be more gentle with your torch heat  not to overheat & boil the gold. Or, you can use an electric smelter & regulate the melting temperature to avoid boiling away your gold. I also suggest adding the borax flux & then using a sulfuric acid pickling solution to remove it. Batterns makes a pickling solution also. I know you didn't want to use chemicals but these do not combine with the the gold. I hope this helps.  

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Chris Eilertsen


I have been in the Jewelry Industry 20 years and Apprenticed as a silver smith took classes in Casting sculpting repair and trained under master gold and silver smiths as well as some experience in Faceting and diamond cutting and polishing for repair. Plating, Wax work, Diamond Setting, Engraving, Carving, Mold Making, design, some watch repair, tool making, enamel work, refining, mining, sales, sand blasting, casting. Have worked in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Pewter, Brass, Bronze, Aluminum,Steel,Titanium,Wood, Plastic, and Stone. 10 years Appraisal work in Jewelry.


20 years commercial experience in Repair Manufacturing and sales of Jewelry 3 years school 4 year apprentice. Worked on the duplication of the treasure found on the Spanish Galleon Maravalla by Dr. Cecil Humphreys. Traveled with and manufactured the souvenirs and miscellaneous replicas from the King Tut Exhibit when it visited the US.

Former member AGTA and GIA and a ten year member of Memphis Jewelers association. 17 years experience in Tuscon Jewelry shows buying and selling.

JCK Tuscon Show Gude

Classes at MSU and The Memphis art academy in Jewelry sculpting, Specialized Repair school, and 2 apprenticeships in Silversmithing from Juelius Astor, and Goldsmithing from Katchic Yacubian both masters for over 35 years each.Studied with Dr. Richard Prilliman, and several others.

Awards and Honors
JCK Tuscon Show honorable mention in design.

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Dr. Cecil Humphreys Finder of the Spanish Galleon Maravalla, The Vanderbilts, Miscellaneous repair antique estate pieces. Elvis Presley Repair and Appraise 2 pieces of jewelry. Rifat Hassan and Nihall Mumtaz With the King Tut Exhibit. Trade work for over 36 Major Chains from Zales to Sams.

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