Hey, I am new to the site. I have been slowly building a bracelet for years as I gain more knowledge and understanding of the process of making a fine-quality custom piece. As I afford more, I add more to the bracelet, in terms of higher quality materials and gems.
Basically, I currently have a bracelet with four, 5mm round turquoise beads I bought years ago from a gemologist site that is no longer around (that I know of). I also have four, similar sized Swarovski crystal beads. I then got, I BELIEVE, a gold-plated (or gold filled) necklace and took it apart to made it shorter to create the segments between the beads.
I want to learn more about replacing this chain with higher-quality items. I want this to be a long-lasting “heirloom” type piece once it is most complete. I have looked into raw gold nuggets and things but I do not know how I could get that melted down into pieces to make up the chain. Does anyone have suggestions on places that melt down RAW gold? When I look it up, it seems that most people are looking to melt down old jewelry. This is not the case, I am considering taking the RAW gold nuggets or something and melting it down. I would like ANY and ALL information about the process of taken any sort or RAW gold material and making a chain.
Does anyone know jewelers that would work with raw gold? Any suggestions an making a high quality gold chain for bracelets using raw gold? Any suggestions and info is more than welcome. Just confused on how to start looking around. Very new to this stuff.