The 3 Most Common Jewelry Repairs and How to Spot Damage

When well taken care of, jewelry can last more than a lifetime. A prime example is a 1,600-year-old ring found by a man with a metal detector in 2015.

Of course, during their long lifespans, even the most durable and well-made jewelry will require repairs. Having jewelry repairs done as soon as it’s needed can help prolong the piece’s lifespan. With proper upkeep, your wedding ring could be passed down as a family heirloom for generations.

But what kind of repairs are most common? How can you spot damage to your jewelry? Continue reading to find out.

1. Ring Sizing Issues

Your finger can change size for many reasons. It can change with the weather, your diet, age, pregnancy, and other lifestyle changes. But this doesn’t mean you can’t wear your ring.

A jeweler can resize your ring so it fits the way it should once more. Resizing can usually be done several times without wearing down the ring’s durability.

How to Spot Damage

You can tell a ring needs to be resized when it doesn’t fit correctly anymore. The ring may be too snug, so it cuts off the finger’s circulation. It can also be too loose, so it doesn’t stay on your finger safely.

2. Problems With Prongs

The prongs holding your gems in place can easily become damaged. They can get caught in clothing, towels, or blankets, thus causing them to bend or even snap. Prongs can wear down while doing the dishes, showering, or gardening.

Sometimes, a prong can be re-tipped. Other times it will need to be replaced entirely. Which is the correct option will depend on how badly the prongs are damaged.

How to Spot Damage

Prong problems are usually easy to spot. When looking at your ring, you may notice a prong is bent or cracked. Sometimes, one or more prongs have been lost entirely.

3. Stone Replacement

It’s not unnatural for stones in rings, necklaces, earrings, or brooches to become damaged at some point. Through natural wear and tear, the stones can become chipped, shattered, or otherwise broken. They can also become loose or fall out entirely.

How to Spot Damage

Sometimes it’s impossible to tell a stone has been damaged if it’s minor. Small cracks, chips, and other flaws may only be detected during a jeweler’s inspection of the piece. If a stone is gone entirely or chipped beyond repair, the stone may need replacement.

More Questions About Common Jewelry Repairs?

With proper care, well-made jewelry pieces can last longer than a lifetime. However, during this time, it’s common for these pieces to need repairs. Ring sizing issues, prong problems, and stone replacements are among the most common repairs needed.

Do you have more questions about common jewelry repairs? Or would you like to inquire about having your jewelry repaired by one of our professional staff?

Contact us today. One of our associates would be happy to answer any questions you still have. They can also offer more information on coming in for repairs if desired.

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