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    As I said earlier, jewellery can be genuine and...

    As I said earlier, jewellery can be genuine and even have a legal UK hallmark and still cause someone an allergy due to the nickel content. I don't think any jeweller can legally dismiss a customer's...
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    Yes, but in an earlier post you said "But if the...

    Yes, but in an earlier post you said "But if the metal isn't tested that is no guarantee of anything." and that's why you get things hallmarked. I guess what you are now saying is that buying from...
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    I wouldn't be so sure about that. You are...

    I wouldn't be so sure about that. You are responsible for making sure any jewellery you sell meets the nickel release standard. It says so right here:

    What is the Current Legislation?

    Current...
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    "Dodgy" has various meanings depending on the end...

    "Dodgy" has various meanings depending on the end use. Metal can meet the minimum precious metal content and have very high nickel content and not be considered dodgy. It is only dodgy if the seller...
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    I don't think a hallmark gives you proof of...

    I don't think a hallmark gives you proof of anything more than precious metal content. I've read a post from someone else who thought a Hallmark was a strong defense against an allergic reaction...
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    Jewellers in the UK don't have to worry about UK...

    Jewellers in the UK don't have to worry about UK hallmarking laws either if they are shipping to destinations outside the UK. If the export market is large enough it then comes down to the question...
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    If you are meticulous about details (a bit like...

    If you are meticulous about details (a bit like me) then you will find that whilst most of the cheaper disc cutters are advertised as metric they are in fact imperial...that annoyed me. There are...
  8. Making your own alloy is around 13-15% cheaper...

    Making your own alloy is around 13-15% cheaper (9ct yellow compared to Cooksongold casting grain).

    To get the colour you want you can use the Gold Ternary Graph....
  9. Mixed Metals

    The rules for mixed metals are as follows:

    REGULATIONS FOR ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS METAL PARTS AND OTHER MATERIALS

    A mixed precious metal and base metal article can only be hallmarked if any...
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    Poll: Torch...to melt cheese.

    Torch...to melt cheese.
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    Unless I'm mistaken, the most accurate method of...

    Unless I'm mistaken, the most accurate method of testing--Cupellation--is a destructive test so it's not something you would want to perform on a finished piece of jewellery. Since the OP bought the...
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    I don’t know what method jewellers use to test...

    I don’t know what method jewellers use to test the purity of metals, but as I said earlier, I have had metal tested at the London Assay Office and they measure down to parts per thousand. This means...
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    No, absolutely not. I know this because I have...

    No, absolutely not. I know this because I have recently started working with 375 Rose gold and I had to be sure my alloy mix was right. I sent a sample of 375 Rose gold to the London Assay Office to...
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    Hi Karen, I am a relative novice but my...

    Hi Karen,

    I am a relative novice but my experience is the same as Jules, I've only ever used Luxi and achieve what I would class as a mirror finish.

    For 925 Sterling I use as recommended by the...
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    I was born in Sydney and lived there until I...

    I was born in Sydney and lived there until I moved to the UK 20 years ago. I like hot weather which makes you wonder why I would move to the UK...We didn't have a/c and it never bothered me. I can...
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    Wishing all members a safe and MERRY CHRISTMAS...

    Wishing all members a safe and
    MERRY CHRISTMAS
    Thanks for all your help and advice!


    :xmaswave:
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    Keep the Exposure Triangle handy whenever taking...

    Keep the Exposure Triangle handy whenever taking pictures!

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    The few people I know who are photography...

    The few people I know who are photography enthusiasts tell me a PRIME lens gives the best quality photos.

    what-is-a-prime-lens-why-use-one
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    Looks good! Being made in Australia I hope it's...

    Looks good! Being made in Australia I hope it's more trustworthy than this one:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quL14Csmi_Y


    (Maybe the clue is never buy a painted one)
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    I happened to be reading an article on the blog...

    I happened to be reading an article on the blog about Hallmarking and this, according to them, is why:




    Ref:do-you-need-to-hallmark-your-jewellery
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    I would like the bench polisher but the issue I...

    I would like the bench polisher but the issue I have is holding what I need to polish. They are small discs (9.5 - 10mm in dia) and right now I'm using nylon jaw pliers.

    Not sure how I would make...
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    @china: Thanks for the tip @Dennis: Thanks for...

    @china: Thanks for the tip

    @Dennis: Thanks for the compliment! I know you like Micro-mesh and I'm sure they are as good as you say. But they don't seem as cost effective as the messy way. I am...
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    What kind of felt?

    Suppose I wanted to hand polish small flat items using felt, what kind would I need to use that would match the pendant wheel?

    Felt-Pendant-Wheel-prcode-999-ACM

    Is it the same as craft felt?...
  24. Menē Inc. is a Dazzling Jewelry Industry Disruptor

    Menē Inc. is a Dazzling Jewelry Industry Disruptor

    Does anyone think this will have an impact on their business model?
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    The Cooksongold blog has a lot of useful...

    The Cooksongold blog has a lot of useful information.

    Check these links:

    http://www.cooksongold.com/blog/beginners-guides/top-jewellery-making-pliers-for-beginners-how-to-use-them
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