Your finest jewellery pieces hold sentimental and financial value. They’re an asset to your life in more ways than one. That’s why seeking Toronto Jewellery Repairs is so vital.
Repair and restoration services preserve your jewellery’s value. This is essential for appraisals and future sales. If you’re remotely considering selling your high end jewellery, your pieces must be in top shape.
High end Jewellery is also an asset to families because it’s a form of liquid wealth. The finest heirloom jewellery pieces can last for generations with the right upkeep. Decades of tarnish, broken clasps, and deteriorating bead strings can send jewellery values plummeting.
Some of the most critical jewellery repairs frequently go unnoticed, but an experienced jewellery repair and restoration professional can identify and fix issues quickly.
Learn more about jewellery repairs in Toronto in this complete guide.
Chain and Jewellery String Repairs
All it takes is one broken string to send your fine pearls flying. It’s so important to keep your jewellery strings and chains in top shape.
Broken chains and strings are one of the most common jewellery issues. While it may be tempting to restring necklaces and bracelets yourself, it could make the problem worse. You also risk damaging gems and stones in the process.
Quick DIY repairs isn’t a good idea for high end jewellery. A professional jeweller in Toronto has the right quality tools and materials for longlasting string and chain repairs.
Not just any string with do, either. Using the wrong string or chain is common mistake with DIY jewellery repairs. Depending on the job, a professional jeweller may use nylon, wired chokers, elastic cording, silk, jewellery floss, or tubing. A jeweller will also discuss the restringing process with you.
Jewellery Clasp Repairs and replacements
Is the clasp broken on one of your favorite jewellery pieces? Stop before you try to fix it yourself. A Toronto jeweller will repair your piece with the appropriate clasp.
Jewellers use several types of clasps for repairs and restoration:
- Spring ring clasps
- S hooks
- Slide locks
- Magnetic clasps
If your jewellery breaks, try to keep the broken clasp so the jeweller can inspect it. Jewellers try to use the same clasp styles, so they can restore pieces to their original condition. Preciseness is essential for repairs and restoration.
One of the most popular repairs is rings resizing. Sizing issues is a common problem for jewellery owners. Rings naturally loosen over time.
Unfortunately, loose are vulnerable to damage. If your engagement ring flips around, you can easily scratch it on rough surfaces. Not only will you have a resizing problem, you’ll also need professional polishing for scratches.
Don’t attempt to resize your rings at home. A jeweller may need to cut a small piece out of the band and solder the ring back together. Your ring will also need a professional polish afterwards.
What if you need to increase the size your ring? A Toronto jeweller can fix that as well. Jewellers approach these repairs in a couple ways.
A jeweller may stretch the ring to increase its size. This option works best if you only need a slight size increase. Stretching will only increase a ring by half of its original size.
If you need a substantial increase, you’ll need a professional jeweller to cut and solder the ring. Ornate rings will require more work. For example, a jeweler may need to reposition set stones to successfully resize the ring.
Your ring may need additional metals for resizing. A Toronto jeweller knows exactly which metals to use for each custom job.
Deep Cleaning and Polishing
Have years of tarnish made your jewellery unrecognizable? A simple at-home cleaning isn’t enough for high-value jewellery. Jewellers have the right tools and cleaning solutions to remove stubborn dirt, grime, dust, and tarnish.
Your high end custom jewellery may need a deep ultrasonic cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaners generate high frequency waves that pull dirt off of jewellery. These cleaners remove stubborn dirt that many jewellery owners.
Jewellers also steam clean high end pieces for best results. Ultrasonic cleaners force a lot of dirt and debris to the surface. Steam cleaners quickly blast excess dirt and residue away.
Fine jewellery should be cleaned at least once a year. This is particularly true for custom white gold pieces. White gold is actually a combination of yellow gold and other fine metals. It’s also covered in a layer of rhodium to maintain its shine.
Fortunately, rhodium protects white gold from tarnish and corrosion. However, once the rhodium wears off, white gold can tarnish quickly. Tarnish removal isn’t enough. You’ll also need new coat of rhodium to preserve the value of your jewellery.
Deep cleaning is the first step in professional jewellery polishing. There are different ways to approach this.
First, a jeweller will buffer a piece of jewellery before polishing it. They typically use a tripoli solution to smooth out scratches and imperfections.
The next step is polishing. A professional may use rotating polishing machine. They also use a special polishing rouge to restore a piece to its original shine.
Different rouges are used for various types of jewellery. This is another reason why DIY jewellery restoration is a mistake. For example, fine yellow gold jewellery requires yellow rouge for polishing.
A professional jeweller will help you avoid common buffering and polishing mistakes, like mixing rouge and tripoli together. This will actually contaminate your buffer and polishing materials.
Jewellery Stone Replacement
Loose stones and gems are a common issue for high-end jewellery. Don’t wait until you lose a stone. Call a jeweller at the first sign of a problem.
The quality of your stones matter to jewellery appraisals. Along with deep cleaning and polish, you should also seek professional stone resetting services.
If your stones are damaged beyond repair, you can still get a replacement to retain its value. Jewellers have a vast inventory of gems and precious stones. You could even choose an entirely different stone for your engagement ring, like sapphires or emeralds.
Normal Wear and Tear
Simple wear and tear is a common reason for jewellery repairs. If you routinely wear fine jewellery, you’ll need to get your rings re-shanked. Wedding rings, in particular, wear down from daily wear and tear.
Broken earring backings are another common problem. You know frustrating a lost earring is. It’s even more frustrating when it’s a high-end pair of earrings.
If your earring backings feel loose, call a jewellery become the problem worsens.
Ring claws are another concern. claws are easily damaged by simple daily activities. Take your favorite rings in for an annual re-tipping to keep them in top shape.
How to Find a Toronto Jewellery Repair Service
Don’t wait until jewellery damages become worse. Start your jewellery repair search now. There are several things to consider when choosing a service.
Look for a service that offers a variety of repairs. An excellent jewellery covers everything from resizing to resetting. They should also feature their services on their website.
Honesty is another trait to look for. You want a jewellery service that’s honest about the job. A jeweller should accept a job if the know that it will further damage the customer’s jewellery. That’s why consultations are essential.
A professional jeweller will discuss repairs with you and walk you through the process. This also include quoting a fair estimate for the job.
Are their customers happy? Do they have repeat, loyal customers? This is a telltale sign of a reliable jewellery repair service.
Do a little research online. Look for any top-rated reviews from happy customers. Get a feel for a company’s customer service. Stellar customer service says a lot about a business.
Reputable repair services understand how much your jewellery means to you. That understanding starts with great customer service. Your jeweller should listen to your concerns and communicate in a warm and friendly manner.
Jewellers with custom services are a big plus. Custom jewellers are skilled in a wide range of repairs and complicated custom work. This is helpful when you have old, ornate heirloom pieces.
Restore Your Favorite Jewellery Today
Are your favorite high end jewellery pieces in desperate need of repair? Help them shine again! Use this guide to learn more about the repairs you need and find a solution that works.
Are you ready to repair your pieces now? You’ve come to the right place. Call us today to discuss your repair and restoration needs.
At !Xam, we give the biggest attention to the smallest details. So when it comes to the repair of your jewellery, we are fixated on working diligently with your pieces. We are very mindful that your old jewellery has a story or carries a connection to a loved one or a moment in your life. So we treat any repair, regardless of the cost of the item, with care, focus and attention.
It starts with having an on-site workshop. This means that our expertise is on-premises and not outsourced to a third party service provider. It also means our repairs are cost effective and our timing to completion is as efficient as possible.
Our advice for repairs is open and honest. We will not take on a project that we think may compromise your piece. We will look at the item that needs repair and then make recommendations for restoration.
The types of repairs that we perform include:
- sizing up or down of gold, silver and platinum rings, bracelets and chains
- repolishing to restore original shine
- white or black rhodium plating and rose, white or yellow gold plating
- soldering of all types – for chains or clasps or other cracks in metal. This includes spot or laser soldering, to minimize heat build-up, which protects delicate gems.
- re-tipping of claws
- tightening of gems or resetting of gems, including replacement if any are missing
- adding sizing beads or bars into a ring, including for those with athritic challenges
- tennis bracelet repolishing and rhodium plating and fastening of links to like-new
- re-applying a finish to a metal, such as diamond, hammered or brushed finishes
- re-shanking rings that are thin through wear – full, half, quarter or less
- reshaping bent pieces
- re-applying milgrain or other jewellery fine details
- repolishing of gems that are chipped, cracked or abraded
- pearl restringing, drilling or resetting
- replacement of earring backings
We welcome you to bring in your old pieces to consider how we can repair them for you to restore them to their original condition. Please call or stop by to discuss the options.