Why Laser Welding?
Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) technology opens the doors for restoration, repair, and manufacturing work previously thought impossible. Unlike traditional repairs that require heating large areas, the computer controlled laser beam pinpoints heat at precisely where metals are to be joined.
This controllable heat accuracy effectively eliminates the normal risk to heat-sensitive gemstones.
In the past, these stones would need to be removed, putting them at risk for damage during the removal or resetting processes. Previously, heat shielding on gemstones, or submersion of the jewelry in water could alleviate these risks, but not completely ensure gemstone safety. All gemstones are at risk for heat damage.
The completed repair is invisible; and the structural integrity of the fused metal is 95% of that of the original, as opposed to the 15-20% comparison for traditional solders.
Further, the accuracy and close range allowed by this technology are similar to, if not more precise than many surgical procedures.
Laser welding allows repairs as close as 0.5mm to intricate or complicated parts. For antique pieces with intricate detail, which were previously impossible to repair, StarWeld technology provides the only viable way to return the jewelry to its original condition.
Ever had to have a ring repaired again because of a “cold solder joint”? Not anymore! Laser Welding is completely unlike solder in that it fuses the metals together.
Nothing beats Laser Welding for Platinum work. Platinum is a metal that must be welded, either by torch or by Laser. Torch welding heats the entire piece, gemstones and all. This type of heat opens up many problems with visible sizing joints, melted links, burnt stones, and brittle prongs. Laser Welding technology puts the heat where it’s needed, without changing the structural integrity of the rest of your valued piece.