Buyer beware – Cheap faulty Gold alloys
What is really in your gold? Carat refers to the percentage of gold* in a piece of jewellery, but there are no laws regarding the other metals that make up the balance. By making Gold alloys with cheaper metals than traditional metals, (some up to 500,000 times cheaper than traditional), you can compete on price, increase profits or both!
Cheap Gold and Platinum alloys can result in metal fatigue (can also be caused by poor practices), this is a brittleness in the metal that can cause it fail with little to no warning, even with big solid rings, chains, bracelets, etc. can crack and fall apart.
(see photos of a channel set Diamond bangle bought to us to fix but can only fix by remaking, only a few years old with 2 major failures).
Channel Set Diamond Bangle
Crack #1 – Image 1
Crack #1 – Image 2
This is a very common problem that people bring to us, often saying they’ve had 5-6 repairs have been done elsewhere. But those “repairs” where real only a “patch” as removing the offending metal/s is the only way to repair this problem or it will continue to crack.
We’ve seen very cheap to band new large ($10,000+) 18ct Gold Diamond rings with metal fatigue cracks. This cheap gold in jewellery sold from all sources, the internet, chain stores, factory and company owned jewelers, chain stores, high end/fine jewellers and buying group jewelers.
One more reason Ringleaders does not buy from factories.
*(e.g. 18ct mean 18 parts per 24 should be gold, metric stamp for 18ct is 750, which means 750 parts per 1000 is gold).