A guide to the jewelry repair process that answers common jewelry repair questions
Fine jewelry is susceptible to wear and tear, so always have your fine jewelry checked annually by your jeweler. When jewelry repair needs arise, use our guide to better understand the jewelry repair process so you know what to expect at the jewelry store and get the best service.
It Starts With Trust & Expertise
When considering having a ring or bracelet repaired, you must have confidence in the skill of your jeweler.
At Boggs Jewelers we offers custom design work, we have trained jewelry craftsman on site to perform repairs in house. We even repair items – like timepieces. We are members of Jewelers of America – so you know your jewelry is in skilled hands and the repair will be performed professionally and ethically.
Look for jewelry stores with certified jewelers on staff. This includes certifications and education from respected institutions and associations like Jewelers of America, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), American Gem Society (AGS), American Watchmakers Assocation (AWA) for specialty watch repairs.
Before You Go
It’s always good to have a sense of the value of the piece for the jewelry store’s insurance purposes. The jeweler will evaluate and give you a quote for the cost and time of the repair work. No work should be done without your permission.
Common Jewelry Repair Issues
In a good jewelry repair the repaired area has the same color, luster and appearance as the rest of the piece:
- No hammering or other tool marks are visible
- No visible seams from cutting and soldering, like in rings or chain repair
- Stones are tight and secure in their settings (channel, prongs, etc)
Resizing a Ring
If too loose or too tight, there are a few ways a jeweler can resize your ring:
- Cutting & soldering: A cut is made and metal is either added or removed to adjust the size to fit. Sizing should be done at the center of the shank bottom, unless there are quality marks or an inscription that precludes it. No seams should be visible when finished.
- Sizing beads: placed on the inside of the bottom of the shank, these accommodate slight discrepancies in size for a half size or less
- Spring inserts placed inside the shank adjusts to 1-2 full finger sizes.
A chain after being repaired is never as strong as it was before it was broken. While most flat chain repairs are nearly undetectable, if the chain is very small, lightweight or badly damaged, there may be some stiffness in surrounding links after the repair is completed. Chains that are more difficult to repair due to their complexities include link chains, like rope and cable chains, and herringbone chains. Some jewelers may charge extra for these jewelry repairs.
Constant wear of rings can cause prongs to wear and the potential for losing a precious gemstone to increase. Something as simple as exposure to bed sheets or gardening can affect prong strength. Depending on the severity of the prong wear, they will be replaced, re-tipped by adding a metal to the top of the prong, or replacing the entire prong head. When repaired, prongs match in size, shape and dimension. They should completely go over the crown of the stone, ensuring prongs won’t snag clothing.