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    Default Hallmarking worry

    Hello everyone,

    So I made this beautiful 18ct white gold and diamond wedding ring for a friend, itís polished rhodium plated, all finished. So I was just about to send it off for hallmarking when I got a call from the hallmarking office to say another 18ct white ring I had sent in the previous week had silver solder on it and couldnít be hallmarked..

    I was shocked, I had used 18ct white paste.

    When I looked at the paste it seems Cooksonís have sent me silver rather then 18ct and must have messed up the order, I didnít think to look at it when it came because they have never messed up an order for me.
    Problem is, I have used a tiny dot of this solder on this new £800 ring which was designed and cast bespokly, I only have that setting and then itís gone.

    Luckily itís not been sent off yet, but is there a way I can get rid of the silver solder without having to destroy my work?
    I worked so hard on this ring, I am really happy with it, this has ruined everything for me. I know il have to get it replated too if I file where the solder was, but I donít know if simple filing will sort the problem or not.

    Any advice much appreciated. Thank you

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    If Cooksons supplied the wrong solder they are liable in law for all the consequences and will have to pay up to remedy (It's called consequential loss in law)
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    If you are selling it and it has multiple solder joints, it can only be re-made from scratch, sad though it is. Dennis.
    Last edited by Dennis; 18-04-2019 at 10:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    If you are selling it and it has multiple solder joints, it can only be re-made from scratch, sad though it is. Dennis.
    Thank you Dennis I worried that would be the case.
    It’s just the joint between the shank and the setting but I presume it will still cause issues iv filed off as much of the solder as possible and resoldered with white gold but I don’t know if this will remedy the issue. Thanks for your advice x

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    I would send it and see what happens if you have cleaned up as much as possible , if you have to redo it you have to redo it anyway. I would always rhodium last thing even if your lasering the hallmark all that posting/handling etc will mess stuff up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niamh View Post
    Hello everyone,

    So I made this beautiful 18ct white gold and diamond wedding ring for a friend, itís polished rhodium plated, all finished. So I was just about to send it off for hallmarking when I got a call from the hallmarking office to say another 18ct white ring I had sent in the previous week had silver solder on it and couldnít be hallmarked..

    I was shocked, I had used 18ct white paste.

    When I looked at the paste it seems Cooksonís have sent me silver rather then 18ct and must have messed up the order, I didnít think to look at it when it came because they have never messed up an order for me.
    Problem is, I have used a tiny dot of this solder on this new £800 ring which was designed and cast bespokly, I only have that setting and then itís gone.

    Luckily itís not been sent off yet, but is there a way I can get rid of the silver solder without having to destroy my work?
    I worked so hard on this ring, I am really happy with it, this has ruined everything for me. I know il have to get it replated too if I file where the solder was, but I donít know if simple filing will sort the problem or not.

    Any advice much appreciated. Thank you
    Just stumble upon your post, and Iím so gutted for you! I hope you sorted it, without undoing all your work again x


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