Blog Using Your Own Gold We can remodel your unworn jewellery. Using your own gold and our unique method of sandcasting, your heirloom jewellery can become a new and exciting piece. Recycling your already existing materials is better for the planet, your purse and gives unmatchable sentimental value to the new item. We’ll start of with some examples, or scroll down to the bottom to find out how you can use your own gold. Perhaps you inherited a family heirloom that doesn’t fit This beautiful art deco ring was a sad piece to take apart. It was passed down through our customer’s family, from mother to daughter, but unfortunately never fit her. It really was tiny! Identifying as the black sheep in the family, our customer wanted to transform it into a contemporary ring that she would wear every day. In her words, “the original is still there, just hiding within the new design”. Which we think is a lovely way of putting it. Or own a piece of jewellery you have just never worn Maybe it was a gift, or a snap purchase. Now is the time to put it to good use. We nicknamed this original The Disco Ring. It was quite a piece! We carefully removed all the sapphires and the diamonds and re-cast the 14ct gold into a nice chunky band. Cast using beach sand from Oyster Bay, Beaver Creek, and a mystery Cornish sand as requested by our customer. The multicoloured stones were then flush set in a scatter around the ring. Now it is worn every day. Family gold collection It might sound cheeky, but ask your family if they have any unworn jewellery that they would consider gifting to you as a wedding present! Weddings are most often family affairs, and everyone loves the opportunity to get involved. You may well be surprised what treasures great aunt Susan has in her jewellery box. These wedding rings were made from very sentimental jewellery given by both couple’s parents. You can even see the baby tooth marks in the soft gold of these medallions. The resulting wedding rings couldn’t be more personal. Showcasing your own stone Perhaps you have a special stone bought as a travel keepsake, but have never known what to do with it? Now might be its time to shine. This ring was commissioned to be worn in memory of our customers late mother. He had his own Lightning Ridge opal that he wanted to use – it perfectly reflects her colourful and sparkly character. Remodelling your existing wedding rings Perhaps the originals are wearing a little thin. Or maybe you are just ready for a bit of a change. We can recreate your classic rings with a sandcast twist or give them a complete contemporary remodel. Here’s just a few examples of remodels we have done using own gold: How can I use my own gold? Collect together the materials that you have. The more details we have about your materials the better we can advise and quote you. Check hallmarks (see our colours of gold guide for information on the different types and what they stand for). If possible, measure stones and use digital kitchen to give us a guide on weight. Dream up your new piece of jewellery. Perhaps you already have a design in mind? If not, a rough idea or even a completely clean slate will be fine for us to work with! Browse through our commission’s gallery for inspiration, send us a sketch, or send us pictures of your materials and we can give you suggestions. We’re always happy to give no obligation quotes and advice. Post us your materials. Please get in touch before posting so we know to expect your precious materials. We recommend using Special Delivery with the Royal Mail. And you can expect your new piece to be finished in 4-8 weeks once the final design and quote is agreed and given the go ahead. Price The price starts at £295 for a simple sandcast ring cast from your own metal. We can cast any carat of gold. We can also change the colour of your gold and lower its carat. For example, we can turn 18ct yellow gold into 9ct white gold. But we can’t turn 9ct yellow gold into 9ct white gold. If you don’t quite have enough, we can top up what you have with our own recycled gold at a cost per gram. We have listing for using your own gold on our Etsy shop here. Alternatively, please get in touch via our contact form. We are always happy to answer any questions, discuss your wildest commission dreams and give you a no obligation quote.