If you are lucky enough to own an heirloom piece of jewelry, whether it’s been handed down through the generations or you couldn’t resist buying it for its vintage beauty, consider having it restored.
Doing so will allow you to wear your beloved piece knowing that it will withstand frequent wearing.
If it’s a family piece with a colored gemstone, after years of wear the facets on top can be chipped or abraded, said Martha Sanchez, manager at State Street Jewelers, in Geneva. “It can be removed and sent in to be polished so it looks like the original.If a piece has seen excessive wear it can be rebuilt so that it’s secure again.”
Sometimes older pieces have filgree or engraving that can be rebuilt. “We can refinish it and have a hand engraver redo the design work on the sides. and bring it close to what it looked like originally,” Sanchez said. “If the piece is a necklace with pearls they would usually be restrung so it it is fresh and strong again. You need to make sure the clasps are good, and functioning correctly.”
Vintage rings may need to be sized or the shank rebuilt if it’s very thin from years of wear.
If the piece is at a point where it’s not feasible to repair, it can be remade with all new metal . The original design is copied and recast into a whole new ring. Any gemstones can be removed, polished, and reset.
“If we can’t put it all back together you can use that metal to make a new piece,” added Sanchez.”If a piece is cast with a design we would remake or repair that. Or, if your piece has an element you like you can make something totally different, such as a pendant.There’s usually a way to rework a piece. There are a lot of possibilities. It’s just a matter of getting creative.”.
State Street Jewelers : 230 W State Street, Geneva, IL 60134 : 630-232-2085 : www.statestreetjewelers.com