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Hi, I just had a 18kt Rose Gold Mounting made with white gold top prongs to hold my diamond, however, when I received it I took it to my local professional jeweler to have my stone mounted and they revealed under a 10x microscope that the ring contained a large amount of fine cracks.  I contacted the Jeweler who made it and he stated the find cracks would not hurt the integrity or durability of the ring.  I am suspect as I do not know if I feel comfortable with keeping it.  Would I be better served to have them remake the ring in yellow or white gold? Thanks so much!

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Carol,
Without seeing the ring and the cracks, it is difficult to determine if the cracks would compromise the integrity it the ring. It is common when using"old, or customer's gold"  to encounter small cracks. Sometimes overheating the gold prior to the cast can also cause them. As to their reduction in structural integrity, it would depend on position & size.

Having them remake the ring with the same golf will probably not solve your issue. It will probably take new pure & new pink,yellow, or white alloy to rectify the issue, & should cost a little more than using " old" gold. We used to charge twice the weight in old to convert to new, because if the refining fees.
I hope this helps you with your issue of the cracks. If they are small enough & don't compromise the structure,( being in a stress area & making it weak) then you may be ok. Again, hard to say without seing it.
Good luck,
Chris

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Chris Eilertsen

Expertise

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.

Experience

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.

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

Publications
JCK Tuscon Show Gude

Education/Credentials
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.

Past/Present Clients
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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