FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
(NEWSFLASH! - SEE # 10 BELOW)
1. Can you do the job while I wait?
At this time I cannot accommodate a "while you wait" request.
2. Is white gold the same as platinum?
No. Gold is a soft, heavy yellow metal. When used to make jewelry, it is usually alloyed with other metals to get different colors and working properties. When the right amount of nickle is added, the result is a white looking metal - white gold.
3. What is the difference between 18 karat and 14 karat gold?
Karat is a term used to denote the purity of the gold. Pure gold is called 24 karat, or 999.9 fine. If you alloy 18 parts of gold with 6 parts alloy, you get 18 karat gold. Do the math (18 divided by 24) and you see that it is 75% gold. This is why in Europe 18karat gold is stamped 750. 14 karat is 58% gold, and 10 karat is 41%.
4. How much do you charge to size a ring?
That depends on how much larger or smaller and what the ring is made of. Gold, silver, platinum - each has its own different working properties and material costs, and the labor involved differs for going up or down in size. Whether there are any gems (what type of gem?) set (and how they are set) in the ring may also affect the cost. Call me, and with a good description of the ring, I can give you an estimate.
5. Can you make the new ring using my gold?
Sometimes, yes. If the desired new piece is to be of the same karat and color as the gold you have to work with, I can cast a flask that includes your metal.
6. What is "Lost Wax" casting?
A three dimensional model of the new piece is carved in wax. This is embedded in plaster, which is then placed in a kiln and heated until the wax melts out, leaving a hollow space in the plaster the same size and shape as the wax model was. This plaster is now the mold into which molten gold is thrown with a centrifuge. In the slide show below, you can see the wax model, the rough casting and the finished jewelry.
7. Do I just stop in, or do I need an appointment?
I now work by appointment only.
8. You are "The Goldsmith". Do you work on silver?
Yes. I can repair your silver jewelry, or make a new piece in sterling if that is your preference.
9. How long does it take to design and fashion a custom made ring?
It usually takes two weeks from when we agree on the design. That sometimes happens when we first discuss the project. If, for instance, you see a design that you like in the display case and say, "Make me one like that, but with my gold, and a sapphire instead of that ruby", I could have it ready in two weeks.
10. "I heard you are closing. Is that true?
Yes. After nearly 40 years, I will no longer be doing business as
The Goldsmith of Walnut Creek at the downtown location. The last day was December 31, 2018.
I can still be reached at (925) 937-5430