Are your diamonds or gemstones loose in their settings? Does your lovingly worn engagement ring need resized? Do you have pieces which you would like permanently attached together? Is your gold, silver or platinum jewelry getting dull or dingy and needs a good cleaning? Is your favorite piece in need of repair? We can bring your favorite pieces back to life.
Examples of some services we offer:
- Ring sizing
- Soldering broken chains
- Re-tip prongs and beads
- Replacing prongs
- Re-shank rings
- Stone replacement
- Stone repair and polishing
- Diamond repair and polishing
- Clasp repair and replacement
- Channel report
- Restore engraving
- Jump ring replacement
- Soldering rings together
- Pearl and bead restringing
- Watch repair and batteries
Restoration of your antique jewelry is the preservation of your family’s heritage. Your family jewels have been passed down through generations of love and hard times as each jewel carries with it the stories that formed what has become your family today. Grandma’s diamond engagement ring or great-grandma’s antique brooch were given to them by your forefathers to ensure the prosperity of you and your family and to celebrate the love that once was. Now it’s your turn to preserve what has been treasured for decades.
But there are questions to be asked. What is needed to restore my jewelry? Will it be restored properly? How can I trust such precious family heirlooms to a jeweler I’ve never met?
Jewelry restoration requires several technical steps in order to bring each piece as close as possible to its original condition. Many processes are used to restore jewelry including cleaning, polishing, replacing lost stones, re-cutting chipped diamonds and gemstones, repairing broken and worn prongs, thickening bezel walls, fixing bent shanks, replacing worn or broken shanks, engraving, applying filigree or millegraining, even removing incorrect “repairs” and poorly performed solder seams.
A jewelry appraisal is a written statement by a qualified, impartial appraiser describing the unique and distinctive characteristics of your jewelry and defining the value of the piece on a specific date. The appraiser arrives at this value by determining the condition of the jewelry, the quality of its construction and the quality of the materials used.
An appraisal is often used to establish a replacement value for insurance purposes. Therefore, an accurate and up-to-date appraisal is the best way to assure your property is protected for its full value.
An appraisal can also be used to settle an estate or a divorce or to verify an item’s fair market value for donation purposes.
An appraisal of jewelry requires a judgment of workmanship and an estimate of value. The end result is subjective and must be conducted by an appraiser who has the knowledge, experience and the necessary laboratory equipment to achieve the most accurate and unbiased outcome.
An appraisal has three basic purposes:
- Your appraiser must determine the quality of workmanship involved in the construction of the piece, the material from which your jewelry is made, the condition of the jewelry at the time of the appraisal and must describe any distinctive physical characteristics affecting value.
- The appraiser must define the value of your jewelry in comparison to other similar property.
- The appraiser is also a witness to your property. The appraiser can attest in a court of law that the jewelry existed at a certain point in time and was in a certain condition at that time.
Because of the fluctuating price of materials (gold, diamonds, etc.) an appraisal needs to be updated every few years to maintain the current market value.
Your appraiser must also consider how best to replace your jewelry in the event of loss. There are three basic methods of replacement:
- The most common method assumes that the item being appraised cannot be substituted new with an exact duplicate. Therefore the cost necessary to replace the item is for comparable items of like kind and quality.
- The appraiser may determine that your item may be replaced with new items of like kind, quality and utility and that an exact substitute can be found. Therefore the replacement cost has been calculated for items which are still being manufactured and are still available on the open market.
- When determined that yours is a unique item that cannot be purchased new within a reasonable amount of time and which is capable of being reproduced, your lost item may be best replaced by an exact duplicate, using the same materials and construction methods as the original and made by a qualified craftsman.