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.
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