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    The UK has signed up to the Kimberley Process in...

    The UK has signed up to the Kimberley Process in its own right though so whether the OP is in the EU or the UK makes no difference here.

    I did wonder if there was a de minimis exemption which the...
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    I imagine that if customs spot them then they'll...

    I imagine that if customs spot them then they'll confiscate them.

    You cannot be sure that these aren't conflict diamonds and just because the seller says they are certifiable doesn't mean they are...
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    Thanks Dennis - You've just saved me some money....

    Thanks Dennis - You've just saved me some money.

    Searching for something to make lines with threw up this thread on google and like Lucy I was also missing the word "chasing" frommy search.

    I...
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    I don't think I've ever seen pre- made findings...

    I don't think I've ever seen pre- made findings in argentium? If you have a source I'd love to see it. I'd be happy to upgrade from sterling.

    (I wouldn't want to make my own - It takes more time...
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    Silver plating doesn't last long if it gets...

    Silver plating doesn't last long if it gets rubbed. However I would have thought that bead caps on earrings should last longer than 8 months before wearing off. Did you try a polishing cloth on them...
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    If you are near Bristol message me. I know of...

    If you are near Bristol message me. I know of classes starting in Jan where there may still be space
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    You need the binder to burn off fully before the...

    You need the binder to burn off fully before the metal starts to sinter. If it sinters before the binder burns off fully then you won't end up with properly sintered silver.
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    I was taught that the bar should be at least 1.5...

    I was taught that the bar should be at least 1.5 the diameter of the hoop
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    Congratulations! Not so great here - I had an...

    Congratulations!

    Not so great here - I had an "Emma"* moment with my anticlastic ring this morning and the solder joint split! Fixable but annoying.

    (You will have needed to watch the last...
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    Good luck 1mm is about right I'd have thought ...

    Good luck 1mm is about right I'd have thought

    You may also hear similar from Bristol where I'm failing miserably at the first stage with a coffin shaped stone. I can't even get the bezel wire to...
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    The consensus here seems to be that straight...

    The consensus here seems to be that straight sided stones need to be set as usual unless you use glue

    https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/bezel-setting-straight-sided-cabs/43638/11
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    Surely it depends on the cut of the stone? ...

    Surely it depends on the cut of the stone?

    The bezel should be high enough to reach a fraction above where the stone starts to curve inwards.
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    No it's very possible - I do it! One of my spare...

    No it's very possible - I do it! One of my spare bedrooms is now quite a well equipped workshop.

    You may need to switch insurance companies - some are more business friendly than others. Mine is...
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    That may not be your only problem. I had a...

    That may not be your only problem.

    I had a very careful read of my insurance policy and it forbids "manufacturing". Now how on earth do you define that! At what point does a hobby making...
  15. No apology needed. I once fell foul of some...

    No apology needed. I once fell foul of some dictation software I was "training it" in the professional jargon we used. Luckily I spotted what it had done to "pension account" before the letter went...
  16. Amused by the auto-correct here! I found my...

    Amused by the auto-correct here! I found my first beginner's torch indeed an instrument of torture!
  17. My insurer had a hissy fit when I ran the idea of...

    My insurer had a hissy fit when I ran the idea of the SLT past them so checking your insurance is a good place to start. They are perfectly OK with my Sievert running on propane.

    My tutor warned...
  18. Love it! I've yet to take the plunge and try...

    Love it! I've yet to take the plunge and try enamelling.



    Now what's next?
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    Yes I would test the rings too before sending it...

    Yes I would test the rings too before sending it off. The 925 stamp worthless on its own. If they are not hallmark quality themselves then you would need to check your assay office policy on mixed...
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    Yes I've done this - thought it was out but...

    Yes I've done this - thought it was out but there was still a tiny flame.

    I always make sure I have the gas turned off at the tank as well before leaving it unattended.
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    I've used it with waxed cord and real...

    I've used it with waxed cord and real leather/suede successfully but never with a plastic one. It will stay put in the same place but it may not stay looking tight and neat. The best way would to...
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    I would just use a simple larks head knot through...

    I would just use a simple larks head knot through the ring on the top of the medallion (you may need to remove a bale if it has one like the one in your picture.)

    That will fix your medallion to...
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    The gem trade is full of good and bad sellers...

    The gem trade is full of good and bad sellers whatever nationality they might be. I've had some disappointing buys from the UK too. It's just a lot easier to return them and get a refund from a...
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    India is also a bit hit and miss. I ordered...

    India is also a bit hit and miss.

    I ordered some raw ruby from two Indian sellers. Both were much the same price and both arrived promptly ( well promptly allowing for international post that is)....
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    Really nice!

    Really nice!
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