Jewellery holds a special place in our hearts, often carrying sentimental value or as a cherished accessory. However, wear and tear over time can lead to the need for repairs. Some repairs are simple and can be done at home, while others require professional help. Understanding the most common issues with jewellery and how to address them can help you preserve your beloved pieces for years. 

At our local jewellery store, our team of skilled goldsmiths possess extensive expertise, having worked with both precious and costume jewellery for decades. So, we understand the importance of properly repairing your jewellery. Learn more about some of the most prevalent jewellery repairs and practical solutions for each.

Broken or Weak Chains

One of the most frequent jewellery repairs involves chains on necklaces or bracelets. Over time, chains may weaken due to stress or accidental tugging. If a chain breaks, avoid further damage by refraining from wearing the piece until it’s repaired. 

Depending on the severity of the break, you may need to replace the entire chain or have a jeweller solder the broken link. Regular maintenance, such as periodic inspections and cleaning, can help prevent chain breakage. 

Loose Stones

Gemstones in rings, earrings, and pendants can become loose, especially if the settings are worn or damaged. Sometimes, the risk of losing stones can depend on the gemstone’s hardness and wearability. If you notice a loose stone, cease wearing the piece immediately to prevent loss. 

Take it to a professional jeweller who can assess the setting and determine the best action. They may tighten the prongs or replace the entire setting if necessary. Have your jewellery checked for loose stones during regular cleanings to prevent future issues. 

Polishing and Refinishing

Daily wear can cause jewellery to lose lustre, with scratches and dullness becoming apparent over time. Polishing and refinishing can breathe new life into your pieces, restoring their shine and brilliance. 

Jewellers use specialized tools and techniques to buff out scratches and remove tarnishes, leaving your jewellery looking as good as new. Regular polishing and cleaning at home can help maintain the appearance of your jewellery between professional treatments. 

To bring life to your jewellery that lost its original touch, consider repurposing them. At Made You Look, we recommend repurposing vintage jewellery to breathe life into them. Instead of throwing them out or letting them sit in your jewellery box, you can bring the piece into our store and work with our skilled designers to create a brand new piece of jewellery while preserving its sentimental touch.

Resizing Rings

Weight fluctuations, temperature changes, or simply wearing a ring over time can result in a need for resizing. Whether it’s too tight or loose, an ill-fitting ring can be uncomfortable and risk slipping off or getting stuck. 

Professional jewellers can resize rings by adding or removing metal from the band while preserving the design integrity. It’s essential to have your finger properly measured to ensure the correct size and avoid future resizing needs. Understanding the average ring size for men and women can provide a helpful reference point. A professional jeweller can guide you through the resizing process, ensuring comfort and the longevity of your cherished piece. 

Repairing Broken Earrings

Earrings are susceptible to damage, especially if they feature delicate components like posts or hooks. If an earring breaks or loses its mate, it’s crucial to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage and potential loss. 

Depending on the damage, a jeweller can solder broken parts, replace missing components, or create a new mate for the earring. Storing earrings properly and avoiding rough handling can help prevent damage and prolong their lifespan. 

Restringing Beaded Jewellery

Beaded bracelets and necklaces are popular accessories but can be prone to breakage if the string or wire wears out. When the string breaks or becomes frayed, it compromises the piece’s integrity and risks bead loss. 

The process of restringing a broken necklace or bracelet involves replacing the worn-out string with a new, durable material and securing the beads in place. Opt for high-quality stringing materials and have your beaded jewellery inspected regularly to catch potential issues early. 

Clasp Replacement

The clasp is essential to necklaces and bracelets, ensuring they stay securely fastened. However, clasps can wear out or break due to frequent use. If you struggle to fasten or unfasten your jewellery, it may be time to replace the clasp. 

A jeweller can match the new clasp to the style of your piece and ensure a proper fit. Regularly inspecting and cleaning your jewellery can help identify issues with clasps early on.

Dealing with Tarnish and Discoloration

Over time, metals such as sterling silver and even gold can tarnish due to exposure to air, moisture, and certain chemicals. Tarnish appears as a dark or dull layer on the surface of the metal, affecting the overall appearance of your jewellery. To address tarnish, regularly clean your pieces using a gentle jewellery cleaning solution and a soft cloth. 

For more stubborn tarnish, consider using specialized tarnish-removing products. Additionally, store your jewellery in airtight containers or anti-tarnish pouches to minimize exposure to air and slow down the tarnishing process. Preventive measures, such as removing jewellery before swimming or applying lotions, can also help maintain the original lustre of your pieces.

Fixing Broken Prongs

Prongs play a vital role in securing gemstones in place within their settings. However, they can become damaged or worn over time, increasing the risk of stone loss. If you notice bent or broken prongs, they must be repaired promptly. 

Made You Look has a dedicated team for jewellery repairs, and we can re-tip or rebuild prongs to ensure they provide adequate support and protection for your gemstones. Regular inspections and maintenance can help identify weak or damaged prongs before they lead to more significant issues.

Conclusion

Jewellery repairs are inevitable as we wear our favourite pieces day in and day out. By familiarizing yourself with the most common issues and knowing how to address them, you can prolong the lifespan of your jewellery and keep it looking its best. 

Remember to prioritize regular maintenance, including inspections and cleanings, to catch problems early and prevent costly repairs. With proper care and attention, your jewellery can continue to dazzle for generations to come.