Antique Jewellery Restoration
When fine old jewellery needs restoration, our goal is to preserve all the work that is good and repair or restore what is missing or broken so it blends seamlessly with the original. It is amazing, considering the physical stress and abuse that any antique and ancient jewellery pieces still exist!
If not destroyed by the wear and tear of day-to-day ravages of time & elements, jewellery can fall victim to the shifting whims of fashion too. But when you do acquire a fine old piece that could benefit from our antique jewellery restoration service, weigh the merits carefully. If it has lasted this long; the choices you make now, will determine how it fares in the future.
Determine your goal from the outset, and deliberate which course of action you will take to meet that goal. Choices often faced by our clients will include :
Antique Jewellery Conservation
The careful preservation & protection of an object, most often favoured by museums for collections that are not intended to be worn. The piece is usually stored or displayed to avoid further deterioration. Any restoration is minimal to avoid clouding the view of the original work, which would damage its historical significance.
Historical antique jewellery restoration involves using authentic period details, materials, tools and techniques. It often involves extensive research. The goal is to preserve all the work that is good, repair or restore what is missing or broken and re-create any appropriate patinas, finish and surfaces so the restored areas blend seamlessly with the original.
Renovation or Remodelling
Often commonly applied to architecture, however both terms are relevant to jewellery when an old piece is changed in order to create a new one. Examples: converting a tiara to a necklace or brooch. Or altering earrings from wire backs to screw backs or posts. Renovations often result in a drastic reduction in the value of antique jewellery to collectors.
Simple repairs aim to restore a piece by replacing a missing part or putting together what is torn or broken. More emphasis is placed on mending than on returning to an original form. Repair is carried out in the most direct manner, often with little effort to match style or even hide the repair!