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Today's post is going to cover when you know you have to take your jewellery to be checked over and repaired by a jeweller. When you have worked with jewellery for as long as I have, you tend to see some pieces that have seen better days, and I DON'T want that to happen to you.
So below are 5 top tips I can give you to make sure you spot the early warning signs: (Slight ER reference there!)
When your rings begin to catch on clothes it either means it's the design of the ring itself (look for sharp edges) or it is the setting of the stones within the ring. The important thing to remember here is that if your ring starts to catch is usually means that there is a claw lifted of a part of the setting missing, leaving a sharp edge exposed.
My tip is to visually check to see if you can see any area of the setting around the stones that has lifted or if any stones are missing. I'm going to be majorly over the top here and say DO NOT WEAR IT! If you have a ring with a lifted claw or a damaged design, stones will come out! (And these are not cheap to replace!) Take it to your local jeweller or wear you bought it from and they will recommend what you can do. But once stones are lost they can be near impossible to replace.
Loose bracelet catches
I've seen many a home DIY clasp repair job (with rogue pliers and the best intentions) and it usually ends in tears. If your catch becomes loose it usually means that there is some sort of adjustment to be made, and can usually be done very quickly at your local jewellers. The important element here is that jewellery metals are brittle, if if handle dust the slightest bit hefty (believe me, I've done this, It's no fun) the clasp can snap completely off. If you notice your bracelet becoming the slightest bit loose, the best thing to do is not to wear it. Once it falls off it's very hard to notice that it's gone, and scratching around on the floor is not a great look is it?
Necklaces that mysteriously fall off
This is a very annoying (I'm using extra nice words here, as its you) situation to be in. You put your necklace on in the morning and by lunchtime it's making a beeline for the floor. With this problem, there is usually a spring in the catch that has worked itself loose, or a gap within the clasp which is allowing to work itself undone. You can tighten these yourself (I will show you how in a future blog post!) but it's always best to get this seen to by a professional. It's a very simple job, but sometimes it can mean a replacement clasp. If you can see that the clasp itself has a little gap in, you can gently squeeze the curve of the clasp down to lock it back in together, but if you are at all unsure, best to leave this to a professional.
When rings fight back
Rings that are too tight, now, This is particularly grim thing to experience, but occasionally (usually in the warmer weather!) your joints can swell and become inflamed and swollen, meaning your rings are tighter. But sometimes if you have left a ring on for a larger period of time then this can turn a bit angry. Redness, indentations and aching can be a sign that you will struggle to get your rings off, and this could lead to them having to be cut off. It's not a painful process - I've done it many a time, but it's expensive to repair the ring after it has been cut, as it has to be filed before soldering together again. So or your fingers sake, just remember to make sure that your rings are loose enough to get off with reasonable ease, but not too loose that they can fall off!
Loose earring backs
An obvious one, but still the source of many lost earrings and lonely half of pairs being abandoned in your jewellery box. With this my advice would be to check the back once a week to make sure that they haven't worked themselves loose. They should sit into a little notch on the earring post, which keeps them on. However because earring backs are scrolls, they will eventually work themselves loose. When this happened, slightly pinch the two ends together, or take them to your local jewellery shop to be wound tighter (again, I will be sharing some DIY practical skills with you soon!)
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