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Reusing Old Gold To Make A New Wedding Ring

Marc Choyt | Oct 07, 2019 | Makers World
Reusing gold to make a new ring is very possible and has certain design requirements. At Reflective Images Jewelry, we fabricate custom wedding rings by hand and we commonly fuse different types of precious metals together. Recasting old metal, however, can pose difficult challenges due to the fickle unpredictable nature of heat interacting with precious metals and their unknown alloys.

Our Ethical Diamond Sources: Canadian Mined, Recycled, and Lab Grown Diamonds

Marc Choyt | Sep 13, 2019 | Makers World
There’s a lot of discussion about lab grown diamonds being more “eco-friendly” than mined diamonds. In truth, this depends on where the lab grown and mined diamond were originated. There’s a huge difference between a small-scale miner finding a diamond in the dirt versus a full-on industrial operation that exists in the Northern territories of Canada.

Making A Fairtrade Gold Wedding Ring By Hand In 11 Steps

Marc Choyt | Jan 14, 2019 | Makers World
 Over the last several years, due to the unavailability of Fairtrade gold rings in the US, we have been making them in our studio, using old world methods that relatively few jewelers even know how to utilize today. Below we’ve illustrated the step-by-step process of making one of our Classic Comfort Fit flat top bands:

Custom Jewelry Design Process

Marc Choyt | Jun 27, 2018 | Makers World
When you envision this piece of custom jewelry, what do you see? Is it a fully fleshed-out idea, or a vague image shimmering on the horizon? Take your time with it. Remember the intimate symbolism of jewelry.

Paving the Way for Women in the Gem Industry, Thank You Auntie Shamsa

Jess Gantos | Apr 27, 2018 | Makers World
It has not been common for women to be miners in Tanzania, but there has been an increase of women miners over the years. Yet, still not as many as male miners.

5 Quirky OMG Facts To Know When You’re On A Unique Wedding Ring Hunt

Marc Choyt | Oct 19, 2016 | Makers World
What I suggest here is that your unique wedding rings should represent your loving relationship through design, symbolism, and how they are made and sourced.

Women of Green Interview with Jewelry Designer Helen Chantler

Reflective Images | May 05, 2016 | Makers World
Helen Chantler, Creative Director for Reflective Images Jewelry, shares small business & life wisdom in this interview with Women of Green founder, Carolyn Parrs.

Cleaning Jewelry: A How To Guide from Reflective Jewelry

Marc Choyt | Mar 25, 2016 | Makers World
When you wear a piece of jewelry, you want it to look stunning. The process of cleaning a piece of jewelry depends mainly on its metal type, how it’s made and how the gems are set. Here’s the information you need to clean silver pieces, two tone jewelry and rings set with gemstones.

Can You Replace That Design You Made Years Ago?

Marc Choyt | Feb 25, 2016 | Makers World
Replacing a single earring can most definitely be done. Whether it involves custom work or not depends on if we still have the parts on hand, or we would need to make the piece(s). The other variable is the gemstone. One of a kind gems are almost impossible to replace, note "One of a Kind", but we can always hunt for one that resembles the previous one.


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