Jewelry-repair

Jewelry Repair: What You Need To Know

When a piece of jewelry is damaged, it’s a good idea to get it repaired as soon as possible before more damage occurs or additional links, stones or other decorative elements fall off and are lost. Be sure to collect any loose pieces you can, as our jeweler may be able to use them in the repair.

What can jewelers fix? The most common repairs include:

  • Ring sizing
  • Ring prong re-tipping or replacement
  • Ring head/setting replacement
  • Ring setting/stone tightening
  • Chain repair
  • Clasp replacement
  • Stone replacement
  • Polishing and cleaning
  • Pearl restringing

Warranties

When you consider purchasing a piece of jewelry, you may want to check if it has a warranty or lifetime guarantee or if you have the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty to cover repairs of certain types of damage. Some jewelers offer a lifetime guarantee for a free annual cleaning and inspection. Others have a one-year warranty for damage like prong replacement. If your jewelry is damaged, check to see if you’re still under warranty before taking it in for repairs.

Costs

Cost of a repair depends on several factors. First, costs may be offset if your jewelry is under warranty. Otherwise, cost is affected by factors such as the level of difficulty of the repair, the cost of the parts (for example, a new gemstone versus a new clasp), and how quickly you need the repair made.

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