Ooooh Alma! You say, “Both (bracelets) are stamped “sterling,” but
have been heavily plated with rhodium, and I am concerned about doing
any soldering on them, She wants me to add some bezel set stones to
the bracelets which will involve soldering and pickling.”
Soldering will be nasty! Unless you can replate, tell your customer
up front that the rhodium plating will be lost and to expect the
silver to patina with time. YOU need to plan on more time with this
job to deal with the plating. I’ve sized a couple rings that were
rhodium plated and they were a bear to polish afterward - every
little depression held remains of that shiney metal. I won’t do it
again!! Very time-consuming.
Is it possible to find a way to do cold connections for the bezels??
If the client is determined to add the embellishments and wants to
preserve the plating, look for a way to rivit the additions. I’ll bet
there will be some other suggestions from this group, but I think it
would be easier to fabricate an entire new bracelet than to deal with
soldering on rhodium-plated sterling.
Just my hackles rising here,
Judy in Kansas