Had a new one yesterday. An elderly woman came in needing a repair
on a 50 year old 14ky Art Carved wedding banch she said had never
been off her finger before.
The band was out of round a good bit, and the “break” was a place
where the metal was stress cracking. No solder joints.
Once I got it off and tried to round it out I realized that the
entire ring was either some kind of spring alloy, or incredibly work
hardened after the years of flexing on the finger.
We tried annealing it but no change in the structure. So we cut at
the tear, flushed the ends, and then attempted to move the two ends
together - at that point cracks appeared in two other places.
Once we got it lined up, we attempted to hard solder the joint, but
right at the solder flow point, the body metal began to collapse as
Short ending: we repaired all three cracked areas - including the
original - with medium solder. But the question is, was it just work
hardening and stress cracking, or was there an alloy issue as well?
Any thoughts or ideas?
L.F.Brown Goldwork, Inc.