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Merchant Marine Ring

"Dear Hartmut,

Hello, I am looking to buy a United States Merchant Marine ring in 14k solid yellow gold. I have a steel one that I could send you as a model if you do that kind of work. If not, do you have any suggestions as Merchant Marine rings are hard to find.



Hi LR!

Thank you for you inquiry!

First of all, before you send me your ring to use in making a mold of it, take a few close ups with a digital camera so I can see the design that is left to work with and to refinish, before making a mold. Once I see the picture(s), I could tell you more.

If your ring is made out of steel, it should not have too much wear showing. But it is highly unlikely and very unusual to have a ring with a logo or crest of the Merchant Marines done in steel! If that were the case, we could make a mold from your existing ring and reproduce it in gold or sterling silver afterwards.

Let me know if you can make a few macro photos from different angles of this ring and send these to me to have a look.

For more information, please read my other articles about Buying and Selling Jewellery, About Old Gold and Taking Care of Your Jewellery.

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Hartmut Reinsch
West York Jewellers
September 2005