Thank you for your experience with Hoover & Strong as well as David
Fell. With over 32 years working at a bench I am one of those
jewelers that has complained about being shorted. I had a refiner
from Texas that I used for years and I could always take a calculator
and figure almost exactly what I was going to get back, even with my
bag of filings. Unfortunately due to new environmental laws imposed
about 10 years ago he decided it was not worth the cost to update his
lab and since refining was an offshoot of another business he decided
to stop doing the refining.
I have since found wide differences in the amount I was given back
after refining, even on buttons that I alloyed so I knew how much I
should expect back.
I understand that refiners need to make a living just like all of us
do but if I am given a percentage fee and or a dollar fee I think
that should be what you are charged, not that amount plus a little
additional that is not accounted for.
I would like to hear who others are using as well and their
experiences. If you don’t want to mention a companies name on Orchid
please feel free to contact me off list.
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