Jewellery Repair | Everything You Need to Know
Due to the delicate nature of some jewellery, it can be extremely easy to break. When jewellery breaks it can be devastating, especially if it has sentimental value or is really expensive. But fear not, all hope is not lost. There are a variety of jewellery repair options to choose from;
Types of Jewellery Repair
- Ring sizing from
- Ring prong re-tipping or replacement from
- Ring head/setting replacement
- Ring setting/stone tightening
- Chain repair
- Clasp replacement
- Stone replacement
- Polishing and cleaning
- Pearl restringing
Many pieces of jewellery – especially expensive ones – usually come with a warranty. If anything goes wrong or breaks within the specified time period, you will either be able to get it fixed or replaced altogether. Some jewellers may even offer you a lifetime guarantee which could entitle you to free annual cleaning and inspection. Typically, they will come with a one-year warranty, which will cover you for things such as a broken clasp on a necklace or bracelet.
The cost of jewellery repair will vary depending on certain aspects, this includes;
- The type of jewellery (ring, necklace etc.)
- The type of brand (Rolex, Swarovski etc.)
- The type of repair (e.g. clasp replacement, gemstone replacement etc.)
- Type of material (gold, silver etc.)
- How quickly you need the repair
- Which jeweller you go to
Average Prices of Jewellery Repair
- Ring sizing – from £27
- Ring prong re-tipping or replacement – from £20
- Ring head/setting replacement – from £35
- Ring setting/stone tightening – from £12
- Chain repair – from £20
- Clasp replacement – from £15
- Stone replacement – from £25
- Pearl restringing – from £35
If you go to a jeweller, they should be able to give you a quote. The price may vary so go to a few to see what the best possible price is. Some jewellers may offer a free polishing and servicing.
Preventive Jewellery Care
If you want to try and prevent damage, then it’s advised you get your jewellery serviced regularly – especially if you wear it all the time.
For example, for a ring that you wear every day, it is advised you get it serviced twice a year. This is to keep on top of natural wear and tear, the ring can be inspected and any dents or problems can be removed before the problem gets too bad.
What to Look for in a Jewellery Repair Specialist
When it comes to jewellery repair, no one wants to leave their valuables in the wrong hands. That is why it’s important to go to a reliable and trusted jewellery repair specialist. A good jeweller should;
- Listen – you should not feel as though the jeweller is trying to push specific pieces of jewellery on you to fit their own agenda, and only talk about cost
- Be well established – they should have a repertoire of work and if they have photos they should show you previous work.
- Be knowledgeable – not only should a jeweller know what they’re talking about, they should be able to explain it to you if you don’t understand.