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Questions I get asked. Opinions I offer.

This is would usually be called "FAQ". But I have added more answers to questions that I get asked and also a variety of unsolicited opinions. I decided to also throw in a few of my likes and dislikes, my "turn-ons" and "turn-offs", just because. 

Feel free to submit a question and I will post the answer to it here.  The most commonly asked questions are...


 
 
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Can you Rhodium plate any kind of metal ring?

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Can you Rhodium plate any kind of metal ring?

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I Rhodium plate rings and other jewellery items that are either gold based, or silver. Other metals can contaminate the Rhodium solution and thus ruin it.
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Do you supply Canadian Diamonds?

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Do you supply Canadian Diamonds?

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Yes. Although Canadian Diamonds carry a premium due to the fact that we are selling them in Canada, and pride sells. Also, Canadian Diamonds are usually of a higher grade. This means that the lower grade stones are sold offshore and enter the market as a diamond with it's origin unknown. This doesn't mean that Canadian diamonds are "better" than other diamonds. Diamonds come in all shapes, sizes and qualities from around the world. But in Canada the better quality stones are marketed and noted to be of a higher grade.
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If I choose to buy a diamond from you and it is not...

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If I choose to buy a diamond from you and it is not Canadian, how do I know that it is an ethically sourced stone?

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I only deal with diamond merchants that have been in the business for decades and have developed a robust, trustworthy business based on ethics. These diamond dealers purchase their stones from sources in countries that belong to the Kimberley Process, which was implemented to stop the trade in "conflict diamonds" which were being used to fund rebel violence among other things. Read more about this process found under the links section.
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How long does it take to make an engagement ring?

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How long does it take to make an engagement ring?

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The answer to this is dependent on a variety of factors. Usually anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks. Dependent on the complexity of the design and whether or not you need it in a hurry. I always try to accommodate your deadline needs. Read more at the engagement ring page.
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Do you repair jewellery?

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Do you repair jewellery?

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I really enjoy repairing jewellery. Some repairs are more complex than others, yet I am known to take on repairs that you may have been told are impossible to fix. If I can't repair it, it likely can't be fixed. I have the experience and the facilities to repair almost anything. Several other jewellery stores will actually bring their repairs to me when they are not able to do it themselves.
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Is the work done in-house?

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Is the work done in-house?

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Yes. All of the designing, manufacturing, repairs and modifications are performed by me here in my Westboro Studio. I personally perform all the work, avoiding potential problems and errors that occur when dealing with a "middle man".
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How old are you?

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How old are you?

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I am 40 years old.
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What is your favourite white metal when it comes to...

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What is your favourite white metal when it comes to manufacturing engagement rings?

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Hands down- my secret arrow in my quiver. 19K white gold. I will tell you why if you ever meet me. I don't have the energy to articulate the benefits and the superior performance (the why's and how's) here. It would take a 10 to 15 minute discussion to elaborate on this and hence it could take me a while to type all of it into this box. I am always very excited to share my views on this holy-grail of white metal. But be warned if you are reading this- NOT ALL BLENDS OF 19K ARE THE SAME. Mine however is guaranteed to be 79% gold, 21% alloy constituents, hypoallergenic, superiorly white with no need for rhodium plating ever, extremely hard and durable. The blend is a trade secret and I don't share this with anyone else in the trade. Even though I am asked often about it by other "jewellers". If it says 19K it might very well be 79% gold.... but if the mix of alloys is not what I am providing, it could be a poor colour, or perhaps brittle. I have tried three blends of others' 19K and it truly is not worth it. I would sooner make a ring out of 10K white gold than some of the copycats that are offering what sounds like a unique metal simply because it is called "19K". See? I am rambling. And I haven even started to explain from a metallurgical point of view. This is why I like to consult with potential clients. And to be frank- from a business point of view- if this was all about money I would happily make you your platinum ring. I would profit more from it. But if I was making a ring to last forever and hold it's shine form my lady? I would go with 19K.
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Do you work in Platinum?

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Do you work in Platinum?

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Yes of course I work in Platinum. I create platinum jewellery often. If someone approaches me and wants a platinum ring I will happily oblige. I will perhaps give them a talk on the different qualities and performance standards of the options I offer. I am also a specialist in platinum.
 
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