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Heat Resistance of Goldstone


#1

I have a ring to repair- it was cut off someone and I have to solder
it back together. It has a purple goldstone. As I was removing the
stone, the ring broke completely in half- it really isn’t in good
shape overall. I can get it back together, but I’d much rather
solder it back together with the stone in place. Is this possible? I
know goldstone is some sort of synthetic, but that’s all I know about
it.

Janet Kofoed


#2

I know goldstone is some sort of synthetic Goldstone is glass, so it
is prone to thermal shock. Better to remove it, then repair ring.

Donna
SilverSorceress Designs
http://www.silversorceress.com


#3

Janet,

Goldstone has metallic flecks ( generally copper ) in glass. This
will not hold up to the torch. Do your repairs first and then reset
the stone.

Good Luck
Greg DeMark
www.demarkjewelry.com


#4

Goldstone is glass with copper particles in it. I’m assuming the
metal is Silver which conducts heat. I would not recommend trying to
solder it with the stone in place.

Gisela


#5

Gisela, Actually, the amber colored goldstone is glass with
suspended copper particles or micro-crystals. But oyu’re right, it
will take very little heat, and can be hard to replace.

Wayne


#6

Wayne,

and can be hard to replace. 

Actually, it is not that difficult to replace gold stone these days.
I always thought as you that there was little of it around, etc, etc.
Then during a recent road trip west, we stopped at T-Rocks shop in
Quartzsite and found at least a ton or more. No only the
orange/golden variety but he also had green and blue. Of course, it
was made in China!! Not bad looking stuff though.

I got some of the green and blue as I still had the golden. Contact
Mike or Theresa Thompson at beadazed@hotmail.com. They are probably
at home in MI at this time. If no joy, try Jim at the shop at
928-927-7186.

Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry!


#7
solder it back together with the stone in place. Is this possible?
I know goldstone is some sort of synthetic, but that's all I know
about it

No, goldstone is manmade glass and will not take heat. You’ll need
to remove it before soldering.

James S. Duncan, G.G.
James in SoFL