The Goldsmith's Blog

The Head and the Heart of Custom Rings

Kirsten Atmekjian - Thursday, October 26, 2017
Custom Ring

A customer's mother gave his wife two rings from deceased family members, with no other instruction or comment except "If you want them, they're yours". She politely accepted the rings, not knowing anything about their history or their former wearers. Those rings still sit, unused, untouched, and unloved, in his wife's jewellery box, as she ponders what to do with them.

Rings carry more emotional weight than most other pieces of jewellery. Engagement rings and wedding bands are among our customers' most cherished possessions. Sometimes the only tangible keepsake from a loved one is a ring. Fires and other natural disasters may destroy photographs and other mementos, but rings often endure, even when the loved one who gave the ring has gone.

It's truly an honour for us to work with so many people who trust us with their most precious pieces of jewellery. We're not just molding metal - we're helping re-shape lives. Many women and men who come to us bring rings from their earlier lives and ask us to help them create a new custom ring that represents their new beginning. We see their trepidation during the initial consultations. We work with them through the design, modelling, casting and finishing process. When they get to try on their new ring for the first time, it's often a very emotional event. There's often a lot of joy mixed with sadness and gratitude for what existed before. There's a reason we keep a box of tissues in our Design Studio!

While getting a new ring made from an old one can be a very emotional decision, there's a lot of logical reasons to do so. Recycling is better for our planet. That's especially true for precious metals, gems, pearls and other precious stones. Mining is a very resource-intensive activity. Previously-loved gold, silver, and other precious metals can be melted down, purified and re-cast into something new. This also helps keep down the expense. With gold currently sitting at almost $1300 USD per ounce, reusing what you have makes a lot of economic sense.

When you're ready to re-purpose an old piece of jewellery into something new, that reflects not only where you've been and who you are, but where you're going, come on in and see us. We'll be with you, each step of the way, while your new custom jewellery is crafted, and we'll be honoured to be there, sharing in your joy.

Shiny Threads of Gold

Kirsten Atmekjian - Thursday, June 23, 2016

If you thought gold leaf was neat, gold thread's even moreso. Gold also happens to be extremely ductile, meaning it can be stretched into a very long gold thread. One ounce of gold can be drawn into a thread which is 8 km long!

Gold has been used in embroidery for millenia. The art of embroidering using metal threads is known as Goldwork, even if the metal used isn't gold. Originating in Asia,  Goldwork has been prized for the way light shines off the clothing. It was often used for royalty, military and religious clothing, as well as for artwork.

If you have some clothing that contains goldwork, enjoy it! Cherish it! But whatever you do, don't wash it unless absolutely necessary! The metal threads are very delicate and can't withstand frequent washing.

We hope you've enjoyed this fun fact about gold!

How to Get Thin and Look Great

Mark Kawabe - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Gold Leaf on a Woman's Face

Gold is the most malleable element we know of, meaning it can be hammered into thin sheets.

One ounce can be hammered into a sheet over 300 feet2 (27.9 m2) in size.

The process of making gold leaf hasn't changed much since the Egyptians started creating it 5000 years ago. The work is largely done by hand with a hammer. When gold leaf is finished, it can be as thin as 1/250,000 of an inch.

Gold is an amazing element, and we hope you love it as much as we do!

Great Balls of Fire!

Kirsten Atmekjian - Monday, June 20, 2016

Meteorites brought gold to earth!

Did Jerry Lee Lewis know?

Scientists have concluded that the majority of gold on Earth came to us from the stars. You got it. Humanity's favourite metal for jewellery and all things shiny originates from beyond the stars.

During the time of the Late Heavy Bombardment around 4 billion years ago, the Earth and other planets in our galaxy were struck by a very high number of asteroids and meteorites. Much of the gold in the Earth's crust is thought to have arrived with these asteroids. In other words, great balls of fire brought gold to Earth before Great Balls of Fire went Gold for Jerry Lee Lewis.

Who knew?

Drop in and see Ken work his magic with our favourite shiny space dust!

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