Even the highest quality of jewellery could require some sort of routine maintenance or repair. While you may be able to come up with a quick fix for your jewellery woes yourself, it can be amazingly aggravating and even time-consuming if you don’t have the right experience or tools for the particular repair. What’s more, a professional jewellery repair brings with it piece of mind that the repair will be done efficiently and correctly the first time.
Here are just some of the restoration and jewellery repairs at Kalmarantiques.com.au that you can take advantage of:
There are loads of home-cleaning products for jewellery on the market, from common oil-busting dishwashing soaps to special ionizer devices that use a UV light to remove bacteria from jewellery. These products can work for some pieces, but nothing really dazzles like a brand new piece of jewellery, does it? Professional jewellers will have access to the best polishes there are. They give jewellery the time and care required to make it look like new. In some instances, the gold plating starts to wear off, making your jewellery look permanently tarnished.
A licensed second-hand dealer of antique jewellery like Kalmar Antiques will restore the plating so you can continue to wear your favourite pieces for a long time.
- Broken Clasps
How often have you struggled to unclasp a necklace that used to be really easy to get on and off? Often, necklace clasps become loosened, tilted, bent, or even slightly damaged from extensive use. A craft store will sell new clasps, but these pieces are often made from copper or a lower grade material that is highly likely to wear out all too quickly. Professional jewellers stock quality metal and have the right equipment to solder a new clasp in place so it will hold more securely.
- Resizing Rings
There are all sorts of people in this world: those who have gained or lost weight, or those who have developed arthritis in their hands and fingers. Even fluctuations in weather can cause hands to shrink or swell, causing rings to become too tight or swing around loosely.
There are so many reasons a ring may need resizing. Often an eager partner estimates the size of his beloved’s finger just so he has something to present her when popping the question, and that may need resizing later on. Professional jewellers have all the tools needed to get an accurate sizing through shaving, bridging, or stretching through the internal surface of a ring.
- Loose Stones
Often, people won’t know exactly which stone has loosened until it is too late and the stone has already fallen out. With a little luck, you’ll find the stone, but often a diamond of precious stone falls out and gets lost.
As years go on, the prongs that hold the stones in place wear down, particularly if they are made from softer metals like silver or gold. Prongs also tend to get caught on clothing and pull or bend out of place. Gardening, doing the dishes, swimming, and a range of other activities can take a toll on the gem’s setting.
A professional jeweller will have all the necessary tools to solder the prongs back into proper alignment and will be able to rebuild the prongs, if required. It’s a good idea to have your settings checked once every six months to avoid losing your sentimental stones.