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Casting 14K around Jade


#1

I want to know if it is safe to cast 14K gold around 8 - 4x6mm x
1.5mm thick Jade rectangle setting.

I have cast 14K rings with rubies Ok.

The ring will have about 38 Smith River gold nuggets cast in place
around the Jade settings.

Any advice will be appreciated.
Yours Billy S. Bates
royalminiatures.com


#2

Although I’ve never heard of anyone trying to cast around jade, it is
absolutely NOT on the the list of castable stones - Only diamond,
ruby and sapphire - and Chatham emeralds, as far as I know. Jade
will burn, though - I have seen jade after a house fire…


#3

I had a student who didn’t believe that Jade would be affected by
heat. They learnt the best way possible and tried heating it. It’s a
really good way to learn through experience. I order extra stones
and play with heat ect, then I really know! Never heat a cabachon.

mary


#4

If you cast around jade, you will get what we call “bone jade” which
is grey white.

John


#5

John

If you cast around jade, you will get what we call “bone jade” which
is grey white.

Presumably when heated to metal working temperatures right? Becuase
I have heard of jade which survived a deep-fat fryer. A member of
the most baffelling public had decided that deep-frying her
bracellet was the way to tell if it was dyed, I can’t recall what
her conclusions were becuase I had fallen off my chair laughing. No
the consumer was not in earshot at the time. Oh dear I’ve started
again.

Norah