Jewellery Repair and Restoration Tips
How exciting it is to receive or buy a new piece of jewellery!
So full of sparkle and life, its beauty is breath-taking. But like all things beautiful, eventually, there will be wear and tear. Your engagement ring, for example, probably the most valuable thing you will receive in your lifetime, through regular wear, damage may occur from everyday activities.
Though a piece of high-end jewellery, made by a reputable jeweller as Gary Meaden, may be far more durable than cheaper pieces of jewellery that are cast overseas in large quantities, all jewellery needs to be regularly maintained.
Inspect and service jewellery often.
Having your jewellery inspected by a reputable jeweller is highly recommended. A regular check-up will ensure your jewellery is well maintained and lasts longer. Gary Meaden recommends 6-monthly inspections of your jewellery to ensure any damages are picked up early, mainly lowering the risk of losing valuable stones. If this is made common practise, the life of your precious jewels will increase significantly.
Regular inspection with your jeweller allows him to look for potential problems such as worn prongs, loose stones or a thinning band. After the check, you will not only receive a shining piece of jewellery but peace of mind knowing that your jewellery maintains its longevity.
Use water, soap and cloth.
If you are having your jewellery inspected 6-monthly, as we recommend, it is not necessary for you to consult with a professional to have your jewellery cleaned between inspections. If your jewellery is dirty, precious metals like silver, gold and platinum, can be cleaned easily by using a little soap and water with a soft toothbrush, then polished off with a soft cloth to bring back its shine.
It is also vital to ensure that your pieces of jewellery are adequately stored, as this will help increase their life while reducing the need to clean your jewellery so often. As we all know, silver tarnishes due to oxidation over time. Therefore, if we were to store all our silver in airtight containers, the issue of staining would reduce considerably. Another important consideration is that your jewellery containers are large enough for your jewels to not rub against each other, as this will also help elongate the life of your valuable pieces.
Diamonds are considered to be the hardest material on earth. However, as much as they are incredibly durable, they are not indestructible. Care should be taken while wearing your precious diamond as they can crack or chip if hit in a particular manner. Depending on diamonds’ shape and quality s are more prone to such damage. In the event of a diamond being chipped, it can be re-cut to a smaller size. In some instances, a skilled jeweller and diamond setter can re-set the stone so that the chip is covered by one of the prongs.
Pearls are known to be one of the most valuable additions to a women’s jewellery box. Like any other fine jewellery, pearls must be maintained well to ensure their longevity and shine.
Store your pearls in a jewellery box when not being worn, avoid hanging. It is crucial that pearls are cleaned with a soft dry cloth and NOT soap and water, as water can damage the integrity of silk thread. It is also essential to have any pearl jewellery restrung regularly.
Avoid wearing jewellery while at swimming pools.
It is common knowledge that harsh chemicals can be found in swimming pools. These chemicals can cause severe damage to metal jewellery. We would suggest that you remove all jewellery while swimming. Chlorine will discolour metal and cause it to deteriorate. If your jewellery got damaged that way, consult with your jeweller to see if it can be restored to its original condition.
Have you got any questions regarding jewellery repair or restoration? Please contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.