Ara L. - Aug 22, 2020
Top 3 Necklace Repair Types
We often find ourselves wishing that the things we buy are, simply put, indestructible. When it comes to jewellery, unfortunately, this is not the case. Jewellery demands a particular delicacy, softness and care. As much as they’re crafted by sturdy metals that, in their natural state, are nearly impossible to break or bend, jewellery, on the other hand, is different.
Any type of jewellery is delicate. When looking at necklaces - the one piece that hardly ever gets taken off - there are a few popular repairs that you should know. You’ll get an idea of how A&A suggests to manage your necklaces and, more importantly, what to look for when you need to repair your favourite piece.
Soldering is one of the most common types of repair seen in all jewellery. Rings with a worn-out shank are among one of the ways soldering repairs jewellery. As it relates to necklaces and chains, soldering puts something back together that was once one full piece.
There are so many ways your chain can break. Typically, older, more worn out links on a chain are more prone to breakage. That does not limit it to other circumstances, though. Your chain can also break because of some of the following reasons:
Unintentional tug or pull
Fine, minimalist-inspired piece
Thankfully, repairing your chain is one of the more straightforward repair types. Any Goldsmith with years of experience will be able to fasten your chain back together in almost no time. To the untrained eye, you want to look for an excellent finish that is almost seamless. Although it is challenging to get to the original state the chain was in, search for a Goldsmith that will provide you with confidence and get your chain looking almost like it used to.
Repairing the clasp on your necklace is not only essential but also can be a little pricey. Components for jewellery like clasps can run up a tab, especially Gold clasps. Nevertheless, a clasp, may it be a Spring Ring or Lobster, is holding your chain together. Without it, you’ll lose it. The one bit of good news in all of this is clasps are typically super sturdy whatever the size. If you come across the need to repair the clasp on your chain, it’s probably due to one of these reasons:
Faulty clasp - broken from the beginning
Worn out - years of use will wear the mechanism out
Pulled too hard - a solid chain will never break, but the clasp needs to be just as tough
Similar to soldering, having a Goldsmith replace your clasp is simple. Look for a seamless finish and a replacement clasp that just as sturdy or sturdier than what you had.
Repairing your bail is the one repair type that you will eventually have to face, especially for those who have been wearing their necklace for years now. The bail is that one piece that gets your Pendant held onto the chain. Simple, complex, or even custom designed bails wear out over time.
See, we mentioned earlier that Gold and Silver in their natural state cannot easily be damaged. Sized down, it becomes delicate. Moreso, when Gold or Silver continually rubs against one another, natural degradation occurs; you just can’t help it. Our suggestion is to keep a steady eye on your bail over the years. If you see it worn out, or starting to crack, visit your Goldsmith to have the bail replaced. If you’re wondering about costs involved, typically, the more complex the bail is, the more expensive it will be, especially in Gold.
We’ve given you the list of essentials as it relates to repairing your necklace, but for a full picture, we should make mention of chain Ends. These are the components that keep a subtle, smooth finish to the end of your chain and, more importantly, holds your clasp in place. If you see it worn out over time, another visit to your Jeweller will quickly solve it. Typically, this is not as expensive as a repair.
If you need some more assistance or have more questions about repairs on necklaces, A&A is passionate about helping. We live and breathe jewellery knowledge so, whether you have a simple question, or you need to have a necklace repaired, get a hold of the jewellery lovers here at A&A. We conduct in-person and virtual meetings through Skype, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp and much more. Get in touch with us and we’ll be thrilled to help you out.
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