To start remodelling, we need to know what you want to use and what you would like to make. If you want to use gemstones that you have, or re-use the gold that you have, the more information we have to start with, the easier it is to go forward.
Generally, the size and shape of the gemstones is the influencing factor on what can be remodelled. Once we know what we are working with, our first step is to start to come up with some designs.
Designs can start as sketches, which can also progress to 3D models and renders if required.
How it's made
Depending on the design, as well as what materials we are using, there are a few options as to how we will proceed.
There are numerous factors to consider when remodelling, and we will do our best to be as clear as possible with any possible challenges or considerations when using your jewellery.
We can either handmake your jewellery, or have it cast from a mold. We will inform you of the best method, and why one method may be more suitable than another, as well as any considerations in cost.
If you have a budget in mind, please let us know so we can make recommendations based on this as well.
Confirmation / Production
With the design and process agreed upon, we will email over the final design and specifications. A deposit will confirm the order, and we will then move onto making your jewellery.
When your jewellery has been made, we will be in contact with you to organise a the balance of payment and a time to pick up or deliver your remodelled piece.
We invite you to bring back your jewellery each year for a complimentary clean and check to ensure it can be enjoyed for the years ahead.
How much does remodelling cost?
There's a lot of factors that go into remodelling, but as a ballpark, the below will give you a starting point to consider:
- plain ring from $350
- plain bangle from $450
- engagement ring using gold provided from $1600
- engagement ring using only gemstones provided from $2500
What is the difference between handmade and casting?
For us, hand made jewellery is rolled out and fabricated in our workshop. The process of rolling, bending and hammering the metal produces a work hardened material that has generally superior characteristics for longevity when compared to cast metal.
Cast jewellery, or castings, are made by pouring molten metal into a mold of the design of choice. This produces a piece of jewellery that has already taken the form of mold, and is then hand finished in our workshop. As mentioned above, cast metal is generally softer as hasn't been worked in the same way and hand fabircated metal.
However, there are some projects that are better suited to casting, or need to be cast as the metal cannot be hand fabricated. We are comfortable with both methods, and are happy to discuss with you what the best way forward is for your jewellery.
Can you use my gold?
Short answer: Yes! Long answer: there's a few challenges with remelting gold. Generally speaking, yellow gold is relatively friendly to remelting, where as white gold, and even rose gold at times can be quite problematic.
The metals we use to make jewellery with are generally alloys, meaning a combination of metals. Depending on how the metal is going to be manufactured, different metals will be combined to get the best results. If you have jewellery that was machine made, or cast, they may be less friendly to being melted down. This can mean when we melt the gold down and try to roll it out, it can start to crack or not have an ideal finish.
We have some methods to improve the metal, or alternatives to still using the metal if it can't be used entirely for the project. For extremely sentimental items, this can be useful when you really want to use the gold, but it isn't usable in a way that we feel is comfortable.
Can you recut my gemstone?
Yes, this can be done. However, the gemstone will always become smaller, and if it is a coloured gemstone, the depth of colour may shift. If you want to know about this, get in contact with us!