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Working around a Marchasite setting


#1

Can someone tell me a little about working around a Marchasite
setting, please. A student has found an antique ring among the
"family jewels" that needs a new shank. The style of the ring
suggests Victorian era. It tarnished, therefore we feel pretty
certain it is not white gold but the shank (and the mark) are
missing. It was cut off at some point in time, not broken. Can one
solder sterling with Marchasite in place? Is a cold conection
theonly recourse?

Thanks to anyone who can help on this.

Susan Maxon
www.HonorsGran.com


#2

Marcasites are a pain, IMHO. They take no heat, are oftentimes glued
in, and replacements are hit or miss as far as match goes.

If you’re lucky the stones are confined to the top and (really)
hopefully the join will be far away enough that you can isolate the
heat.

If you have some room between the stones and new join you can
suspend the ring top upside down in water. You’ll need a lot of heat
and be quick about it. Use easy or extra easy solder.

If silver soldering just won’t work, you can make a new shank with
what we used to call a dishpan. A larger inverted semi dome that fits
to the underbezel. And soft solder it. Not purist but then sometimes
you don’t get the luxury.

Once the join has been made watch out for the stones to fall out
during cleaning. Or subsequent wear.


#3

Most Marcasites are glued in, stamped out stones. They can not
handle pickle or heat. The only way I would do a marcasite repair is
by laser welding. I learned the hard way on my first marcasite
repair.

Judy Shaw