Turning A Fake Ring Into A Real Ring
Many people have a special piece of jewelry they got from a department store or as a gift. The problem is, it’s not “real”.
What do I mean by real? Well, a “fake” ring is usually made from a metal that is not a precious metal, like copper or pewter. These base metals are oftentimes gold or silver plated to give it a precious-metal look.
The problem with these platings is that overtime they will wear off. You might even notice your skin starting to turn green where the metal comes into contact with the skin.
I have found that even though people know that their jewelry is not “real”, they absolutely love the design. This is often true with costume jewelry.
The Problem With Plated Rings
Rings that are plated usually show wear the quickest as they come into contact with more objects than earrings or a necklace would.
The bottom of the rings will be the first place you start to notice the plating wearing off. This will continue all over the ring until eventually the gold plating is either gone, or an incredibly uneven look is now obvious.
The bad news about this is there is no easy way to add the plating back on. A lot of goldsmiths (including myself) refuse to do gold or silver platings on jewelry as it’s pretty messy business. Besides, we are goldsmiths, not “fake gold” smiths!
HOW TO MAKE IT REAL
There are two main ways to turn a fake ring into a real one. The first would be to recreate the design using Computer Aided Design, or CAD software. The ring’s design is copied and rendered to be an exact match of the original. A 3D wax is printed from the CAD model and then cast into a precious metal!
The second way to replicate a piece of jewelry would be to make an actual mold of the the jewelry itself. Once the mold is made, it is wax injected to get the wax model for casting. From there it is the exact same process as before. The wax model is cast into any precious metal.
This ring was cast in 18kt yellow gold.
The gold plated ring on the left has more of an orange look to it. While plated rings can often do an ok job at replicating the color of real precious metal, nothing beats the real thing! There is a certain shine and luster that always accompanies real precious metal.
The best part of this project? The original center stone was preserved for the new ring!
The best part about a “real” ring is that it will be able to be polished time and time again to restore it’s brightness. It is not possible to polish plated jewelry without the plating coming off.
In addition, this 18kt yellow gold ring will not turn someone’s finger green!
Now we can see that it is more than possible to take a “fake” or costume piece of jewelry and turn it into the real thing. The result is truly stunning!
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