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Jewelry Training Program

So I have somewhat started an online jewelry training program and what I mean by somewhat is that I have started doing there free courses and will sign up, but wanted to get the basics out of the way so that I can jump right into the jewelry projects. Basically this program is like being a jewelry apprentice and I love that after each stage you earn a certificate of completion. So the first stage has to do with basic sawing, filing and marking or layout. I use to just skip over tasks like this because I found them to be boring, but I have realized that skipping over them and jumping right into more complex projects is the reason why I would get discouraged and quit. So I actually surprised myself and found that I enjoyed these first two bench tests and even more so was able to get it right on the first try. So with the square and the triangle project i had to make sure that the shapes had to fit into the cut outs and in all directs. The second project was just to make sure I could file, saw and layout the project correctly.

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Matching Wedding Bands

So I was asked by my sister and brother-in-law to make them their wedding rings. They were not looking for anything special just some plain bands. My brother-in-law’s original plan was to wear his grandfathers wedding ring that had a knife edge. He needed it stretched up but there was one problem, it had already been resized down and soldered in two places. I was unable to find a piece of gold stock with the knife edge to size it up, so I did the next best thing and made a replica of it and decided to make my sister-in-law a matching one. They have been wearing black silicon wedding bands so i decided to oxidize them to match the silicon rings. I tried to set some birthstones on the inside of the ring, but I didn’t have the correct size burr and wouldn’t be able to get it in time to give them their rings at the wedding.

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Here I am rocking my sweet 1970’s Tuxedo with ruffles that I got from a vintage store in Philadelphia. I grew the mustache for this occasion.

 

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Gemstone Treatments and Synthetics

So while I am currently working on my Etsy shop and getting my plan in place. I can’t fully dedicate my whole time to that because of the watch repairs I receive from jewelry stores and clients and also jewelry repairs. I received these stones this week for testing to see if they are natural, synthetic or contain treatments and here is what I found:

Here is a synthetic hydrothermal emerald. First thought is that it is very clean to the naked eye. Under the microscope there is the ripple pattern that is the cellular growth.

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Here is a synthetic flux grown emerald. It is clean looking and that is the first sign it is either an imitation or synthetic. Under the microscope you can see the flux finger print

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This is a synthetic flux sapphire. How do I know? Well the top right picture shows pieces of platinum from the crucible it was grown in and the bottom right you see that white pattern that’s called flux finger print

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A beautiful Ruby. Under the microscope you can see a large air bubble. Also see the white spots that is the lead glass that might have been exposed to heat

This is a natural Ruby that is fractured filled with lead glass

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Another beautiful Ruby. My first suspicion is it is clean looking. Under the microscope it shows curved lines.

This Ruby is a synthetic flame fashion ruby

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Another beautiful Emerald. Again it looks clean. Under the microscope you can see a white line of gas bubbles and there is a rippling pattern parallel to that white line which is the cellular growth.

This is a synthetic hydrothermal emerald

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Some might think this is a emerald without seeing it under a microscope, but under a microscope in an immersion cell you see this. This is a color diffused quartz

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Large finger print inclusion means only one thing it’s a beryllium heated natural sapphire

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Designing Jewelry

Lately I have been getting back into jewelry designing and metalsmithing. I started making jewelry about 10 years ago, but I stopped because I wasn’t satisfied with the jewelry I was producing. I think the reason was is because back then I didn’t have half the equipment that I do now and also because I was experimenting with too much mediums.

Recently, I decided to have a go at it again and learn from my mistakes in the past. So below is my first attempt after being away from it for a long time. I can’t take credit for the design, but I wanted to see if I could at least make it. I have an idea that is my own design that incorporates the techniques below, but to add a pearl that I have carved. I will post this design soon.

Oxidized Silver Necklace, Hammered Texture, Tube set Rhodolite Garnet’s

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Carved Freshwater Pearl

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Antique Ring Restoration

Lately I have been receiving a lot of Jewelry repairs from Customers. Half of these repairs I have been getting lately I couldn’t do in the past or if I could there was much more risk then I have now. About a year ago I purchased an ¬†Orion 100c Pulse Arc Welder and it was the best purchase I have made so far. It has cut down on a lot of risk, has cut down on the time it takes for me to do repairs and has allow me to take on jobs that in the past I would have rejected.

Below is a ring I received from a customer that was her grandmothers and needed retipping in white gold and also a new diamond. The picture does a bad job of showing the diamond, but I put in an SI2 that is .01ct. I’m still getting use to the settings on my welder, but it made this job easy to do.

 

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Elgin 18s Restoration

I received this Elgin 18s from 1889 in need of restoration. Look at her run like it was made yesterday.

 

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Marines Ring in need of repair

I had a customer bring me her husbands Marine ring that was in need of repair. As you can see from the picture the emblem was just hanging on and it would spin around. After soaking the ring to remove the old epoxy, I then used my Orion Welder to weld two new prongs on the back of the emblem and then add new epoxy to secure the emblem in place.

 

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