Stress corrosion cracking. It’s the bane of many a jeweler, even if they don’t know it’s happening. Ever wonder why a couple of perfectly good 14k white gold prongs failed for what appears to be absolutely no reason? Or why a 10k yellow gold chain link fails when all the others seem fine? Chances are,…
Few things can be as upsetting to a jeweler as having a customer return a ring due to prong failure. In some cases, the stone has fallen out and has been lost. This causes additional problems such as replacement cost, possible damage to the jeweler’s reputation, and the likelihood of liability. Also, many pieces have…
With the high price of gold, jewelry makers are looking to incorporate alternative metals into their lines. I frequently work with palladium and stainless steel in my shop. The following are a few tips and tricks you can use to work more effectively with these metals.
lthough we provide cadmium-free solders, we still feel that using cadmium-free solder is a way of disguising the real problem:
With this product every ring can be expandable — even eternity bands. The Adjustable Ring System has two components: a two-piece hinge and an expansion piece.
The Adjusto Shank® is a truly adjustable shank that enables the wearer to put a ring on any finger and have it fit comfortably. Unlike other hinged shanks that have a fixed size when closed, Hoover & Strong’s Adjusto Shank® can be adjusted to many sizes. Here is how to put it together:
When you heat up your work for soldering and reach the temperature at which solder flows, you are also creating oxides on the surface of your metal that mar its appearance. In November, we dealt with removing a particularly tricky oxide called fire scale. Other surface oxides are easier to remove, and for these the…
Beginner-to-intermediate project. Fourth in a series of 12 ring repair projects.
Intermediate project. Eighth in a series of 12 ring repair projects. Photos: Barry Blau.
Enter the alloy designers. Some praise them. Some pity them. For the alloy designers have a tough job on their hands: They have to design metals that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also offer mechanical properties suitable for making jewelry. This is not an easy task.