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Saturday, April 16 • 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Basic Metallurgy of Precious Metals: Important Considerations for the Bench and the Consumer

Do not underestimate the importance of having metals behave in a consistent and predictable manner at the bench and during regular wear. A bad casting, an overly soft alloy, or a piece that has simply been cold-worked too long can result in scrap and rework, causing potential downstream problems for both your clients and profitability. 

In this session, we will look at the far-reaching effects of metallurgical quality on the performance of a jewelry item. We will discuss porosity, microstructure, mechanical strength, and the effects of alloying elements, as well as best practices for high-quality metallurgical outcomes.

The issue or problem we will address in the session:  Insufficient information regarding the root causes of failures in precious metal castings that can cost jewelers unnecessary time, expense, and reputation. 

This session provides: 

  • An in-depth look at the root causes of metallurgical failures at the bench.
  • Information and tools to help avoid and/or address metallurgical issues that come up at the bench. 
  • Tips to avoid porosity, contamination, and embrittlement, along with steps toward optimizing precious metals performance for the bench and the consumer.  

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Teresa Frye

President, Tech Form Advanced Casting Technology
Teresa Frye is the owner and President of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology. In the early 90s, her firm introduced to jewelry manufacturing the high-temperature casting methods used by the aerospace industry. A leading expert on jewelry casting and a prolific researcher, Teresa... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Room 313

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