Jewelry repairs can be complicated and may require the help of a professional jeweler. However, there are a number of simple jewelry repairs that you can do yourself in the comfort of your own home.
To begin with, you need to be able to tell the difference between a simple DIY jewelry repair project and a more complex jewelry repair task that should be addressed by Turner's Jewelers for safety and proper handling of expensive items.
What Should You Not Try At Home?
A few jewelry repair tasks that you will want to leave to the professionals include the following:
- Ring Sizing
- Stone Replacement and Tightening
- Rebuilding Prongs
Call Turner's Jewelers to find out the cost and estimated time for these jewelry modifications and repairs. We are happy to help you with all of your jewelry repair needs.
What Can You Do At Home?
Some jewelry repair projects that you should be able to handle on your own include the following:
- Polishing/Buffing Away Scratches - Use a high quality polishing cloth, such a rouge polishing cloth to remove surface scratches and stains.
- Cleaning/Steaming Away Grime - Clean jewelry once per week to ensure maximum shine and sparkle without grime blocking the light.
- Unknotting Chains - Slide straight pins into the chain knots and wriggle to loosen them.
- Changing Out Clasps - Use pliers to remove old clasp and replace with new clasp.
- Gluing Loose Pearls - Use an Exacto Knife to break and remove old glue from the peg or post and from the bottom of the pearl (avoid scratching). Use epoxy in moderation to re-glue.
- Mending Chips in Enamel - Use colored and clear nail polish to mend chips and prevent them from growing worse. This is a temporary fix. Remove polish prior to professional repair.
- Watch Battery Replacement - Purchase a Watch Tool Kit to handle this at home.
- Removal of Watch Links - Use a small screwdriver or a Watch Link Remover.
- Removal of Watch Crystal Scratches - Use a Watch Crystal Polishing Cloth. If the face is not plastic, you will not be successful. Bring your watch in to Turner's Jewelers.
If you find that you DIY jewelry repair project requires more tools and experience than you feel comfortable working with, or if your attempt is unsuccessful, call Turner's Jewelers in Seneca, SC to get tips and advice or a quote for the cost of professional jewelry repair services.