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.

Repair

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!

Decision Time!

Most trade and manufacturing jewellers have been conditioned to take a quick fix or patchwork approach to restoration.  That’s because many people shop primarily for price and are often shocked when given an estimate for extensive antique jewellery restoration. A retailer will often suggest “can you not just…?” and so most jewellers go on to suggest an inferior alternative in order to get the job. The retailer would be wise to avoid this approach for several reasons;

  • If the repairs are not done correctly, the piece may be at risk structurally.  Stones may be lost or the piece may fall apart again, exposing the restorer to everything from embarrassment in the industry to a lawsuit by the client.
  • Clients will be horribly disappointed and will look elsewhere the next time if they perceive poor-quality work. Inferior work is not a solid foundation for the building of relationships.
  • It is a waste of money. Ever heard the expression, “Pay cheap, pay twice!”?
  • It is unfair to the client to not offer and do the best work possible.

Unfortunately; Most jewellery available these days is being manufactured overseas. More and more is being designed by computers and produced by 3d printers, before casting, so many of the Master Goldsmiths & manufacturing jewellers that did wonderfully intricate work in in the past, have died, retired or have nobody to pass their skill and knowledge onto. The skills that it took to make and restore these beautiful pieces is rapidly being lost!

It is no longer possible for most retailers to access high quality workmanship within their community!

 

Years of Experience

We have over 50 years of jewellery appraising experience and we’re familiar with all types of jewellery, both contemporary and estate or antique jewellery, both domestic and foreign. We are able to replace most types of jewellery and can source rare diamonds and gemstones from our network of trusted suppliers. Using traditional craftsmanship or a combination of modern CAD design, we can replicate almost any style even from a simple sketch.

Ideal Location

We are easy to get to as our office is based on the edge of the City of London in the famous diamond district of Hatton Garden. There is plenty of on street parking as well as a nearby NCP carparks. Being in the middle of the diamond district and historical centre of the UK diamond trade, puts us in the ideal location to best service your requirements so whether you’ve lost a rare South Sea Pearl or need a replacement Natural Pink Diamond, we can help!