It’s fair to say that our jewellers have been kept very busy during the last few months carrying out jewellery repairs on everything from broken necklace clasps to changing the shank of a ring from yellow to white gold. We’ve repaired bracelets, earring, necklaces, watches, chains… you name it, there’s not much we haven’t seen on our in-house workbench.
Sharing 5 of Our Recent Jewellery Repairs
We are very fortunate to have a team of talented jewellers that are highly skilled and experienced craftsmen with an immaculate eye for detail. But, much as we could extoll the virtues of their talents all day, let’s share with you some of their recent work.
Changing the Shank/Colour of a Ring
Have you ever found the ideal piece of jewellery but just wished it was in a different metal? This was the case for a customer who recently purchased the ring below from us. The original sapphire and diamond vintage cluster was actually in 18ct yellow gold. While the customer absolutely loved the ring, its age and its styling – she ideally wanted it to be white gold. The ladies wish was our command. Wechanged the shank from yellow to white and the results were spectacular.
Fixing a Jump Ring on a Necklace
Even simple tasks can improve the quality and longevity of a piece of jewellery. Take this diamond set cross pendant which had a worn jump ring. Unfortunately, once the jump ring becomes weak it can split, so the danger of losing the pendant increases. With a fine piece like this, it needs to be secure so you can wear with confidence. By custom making gold wire from recycled 9ct, we were able to add a new, solid jump ring which will stand the test of time and last for many years to come. Combining upcycling with helping beautiful jewellery live on.
Strengthening a Wedding Band
A wedding band holds huge sentimental value, so its imperative its cared for in the right way. As a wedding band is worn every day, it can be subject to huge amounts of wear and tear over the years. In this case, this gents wedding band was looking very tired and aged. There also wasn’t much metal to work with to re-size the ring, given that the gold had worn away over the years. As you can see from the photos below, we inserted a new piece of gold to bolster the ring, then this was filed down to shape, buffed, polished and returned to its owner looking as good as the day it was first worn.
Replacing a Lost Stone
When the customer lost the bezel set stone from this ring, they were obviously very disappointed. They bought it to us however and we performed our magic! Not only were they able to have the stone replaced, they could also select which stone they wanted. In this case, they opted for a stunning London blue oval cut topaz. Beautiful!
Increasing the Size of a Ring
While decreasing the size of a ring is a fairly straightforward procedure, increasing the size is a different method entirely. With a reduction, we remove a piece of the metal shank. With an increase in size, we can either cut and add a piece of gold or, in some cases (when working on a plain band with enough substance,) we can ‘stretch’ the ring. The photos below show the latter. The stretching machine is used to increase the size of the ring and then the ring is re-finished. Lacomite is applied to stop the rhodium plate covering the yellow gold which you can see in the 4th image below before the ring is buffed and polished.
Repairing Your Valuable Jewellery
There is not a lot that the team at The Goldmarket can’t do and 90% of our jewellery repairs are carried out on site and often, the same day, or within a matter of days. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the intricacy of the repairs that our team fulfil.
If you have a piece of jewellery that you would like repaired, re-sized, restored or given a new lease of life to, please give us a call, drop us a message or call into our shop 23 High Street Weston-Super-Mare. You will be greeted with a smile and a warm welcome and we will take good care of you and your valuable possessions.