Those who are interested in soldering precious metals often wonder what exactly it is that’s necessary for successful soldering of metals like gold, platinum, palladium and silver. Like with everything else there are certain things that you need to know before you actually start soldering precious metals, but the thing that’s most important, and this goes especially for all those that are creating homemade precious metal jewelry would be that you can’t use just any solder during the soldering process.
Solder is the material, or should I say the metals which is used to “glue together” two different precious metals. If you are creating precious metals jewelry at home, and using soldering in the process, there are certain rules that you need to follow in order for your jewelry to be by the book. Rule that I’m talking about would be the fact that you have to use the same quality solder like the precious metal from which the jewelry is made from.
This rule doesn’t only apply to those who are creating jewelry at home. Even if you are repairing precious metal jewelry at home you’re also affected by this rule, at least if you plan on selling the jewelry at some point in the future. In case that you are selling precious metals jewelry, it will probably be tested, like we over here at OC Cash for Gold are doing on a regular basis, and if you do not make sure that solder which you’ve used on your jewelry is the same quality like the precious metal that’s used on the jewelry then tests could detect something completely different. You might even end up being reported for trying to sell fake precious metals.
To avoid these types of confusions, make sure that when you are soldering precious metals, the solder which you use is the same type of metals, and also the same purity, for example if you have a 14K gold, then the solder which you’re using must also be 14K. Doing that will save you a lot of problems later on if you decide to sell jewelry, and you can sleep more easily knowing that precious metals which you own are made up of the same metals, not with other base metals mixed in.