The Best Fine Jewelry Repair and Care Tips
Adina's Jewels will teach you how to repair and take care of your 14K fine jewelry.
If you've ever bought a piece of jewelry, then you know that it requires TLC every once in a while. After all, if you want something to last a lifetime, you'll need to put in the work to ensure it's in tip-top shape after 30, 50, or many more years. Your fine jewelry can be passed down as an heirloom for generations to come, but only if jewelry cleaning is a top priority for you.
At Adina's Jewels, we offer an array of 14K gold fine jewelry and know how important it is to have your pieces look as beautiful as the day you just bought them online or at a jewelry store. But jewelry gets old over time. Whether it's your favorite gemstone, engagement ring, Rolex watch, wedding band, or wedding ring, there will come a time when you'll need to call on repair service. Still, we want to make sure that day is not in your near future, which is why we're sharing with you how to repair your jewelry without having years of experience.
Ahead, learn how to set up your own "repair facility shop" without having to leave your house.
Taking Care of Fine Jewelry
Adina's Jewels uses the finest materials, but you still need to do your part to protect your fine jewelry. Follow these tips:
1: Use Mild Cleaners:
Scrubbing your fine jewelry with harsh chemicals can tarnish them. Instead, soak your jewelry with warm water and dish soap. Use a soft brush to wipe away any debris.
2: Store Fine Jewelry in a Clean, Dry Space
Prevent scratching and tarnishing by storing your fine jewelry in a safe, fabric-lined case. Keep it away from any chemicals, liquids, or pieces of jewelry that can tangle them.
3: Clean Fine Jewelry Professionally: If you're afraid of handling your pieces with care and want the crème de la crème of cleaning services, then you may want to send your pieces off to a professional.
Gemstones can become damaged with overuse and over time. You may begin noticing scratches here or there and wonder why your precious stones are not glistening. But gemstones can make a comeback and be better than ever with proper care and jewelry repair.
You can use what's called a lapidary to fix any cracks or scratches (usually used by a jeweler). The jeweler will clean and polish the piece too. They may even do a partial or full stone replacement if they feel like the piece you have isn't salvageable.
Have you ever had a pearl necklace or pearl bracelet that completely fell apart? Well, it's a good thing that restringing exists. You have to remember that pearls are held together by a thread and are very delicate. Before taking your pearls to a master jeweler, you'll want to make sure they're not tangled and knotted because they might come back shorter after your fine jewelry repair needs are met.
Your jeweler may choose to use a nylon thread to restring your pearls because it's stronger and holds up better.
These two fine jewelry repairs are common problems you may encounter. Since there are different types of chains and clasps, these issues require different types of repairs.
From spring clasps to toggle clasps and box clasps, you can seriously never have too many clasps. To keep it simple and to the point, clasps may need to be partially or fully replaced by a jeweler. If you want to replace your clasp because it's difficult for you to open it, then you can do that too.
Chains are not difficult to repair, depending on their pattern and thickness. Custom jewelry designs like Herringbone chains and rope chains are both difficult to repair and can be very visible fixes.
You may have gotten an engagement ring or bracelet without sizing your wrist or finger first. It may be too snug or too loose — we've all been there! Resizing a ring takes about one to two weeks and just needs your exact measurements. Jewelers may use laser welding to resize the piece. They can be decreased or increased by two sizes and cost anywhere from $20 to hundreds of dollars, according to Brides.com. Remember: You want your jewelry to fit comfortably!
Prong Jewelry Repair
When your prong setting, which is soldering or binding your jewelry stone, is damaged, it could throw your whole piece in disarray. Take a ring for example. It has the shank or band, prong, and stone. If the prong is out of place, it messes up the other elements it's holding together. And in the worst-case scenario, you can lose your stone.
So, in order to repair a damaged prong, you'll want to send it to a jeweler for retipping. Retipping is the process of adding metal in order to make prongs durable again. Whether your prong is sterling silver, gold, or platinum, a jeweler can restore your prong with metal and make it durable again.
At Adina's Jewels, our 14K fine jewelry is durable and made to last a lifetime. These dainty classics add a dash of glam to your outfit and offer you queen-like confidence, so you can rule the day! Whether you’re going for a casual-chic look with the Princess Cut Stud Earring or full Goddess mode with our bold U Chain Necklace, you’ll feel wonderful wearing a soulful piece that tells your story. Take a look at some of our bestsellers!