Most Common Necklace Repairs
Picture this, a dresser top with a broken necklace laying there that you’ve been meaning to fix or bring to your Gilbert jewelry shop but it’s just sitting there because you haven’t had the time and you can’t wear it. Can anyone relate to that? We probably all can, right?! Let’s discuss the most common necklace repairs that your trusted Gilbert jeweler can help take care of faster than you might think and a few pointers on good practices when it comes to necklace care.
Tangled or Knot In Necklace Chains
It’s so frustrating when you go to put on a necklace only to find it tangled with another necklace or even worse, a dreaded knot in the necklace chain! If it’s a piece of fashion jewelry and you have the time, nimble fingers and lots of patience, sometimes you can work those knots out. However, if it is a piece of fine jewelry that you’re dealing with we usually suggest bringing those to your favorite Gilbert jeweler so they can take a look at it and use special tools to carefully remove the knot while keeping the chain intact. To avoid this hassle altogether we always suggest either hanging your necklaces up or better yet, keeping each necklace in its own pouch or baggie in a dresser or jewelry box. This will keep any tangles from happening with other necklaces and also lessen the oxidation of metals so that your necklaces don’t start to look worn.
Broken Necklace Clasp Replacement
This is probably the most common type of necklace repair we see. Because the necklace clasp gets so much wear and tear the connecting ring starts to pull apart or the spring is worn and no longer closes correctly. In these instances it is safest to have the clasp completely replaced. If you can, bring in the full necklace, even the broken clasp so that your Gilbert jeweler can inspect it. In most cases the jeweler will try to replace it with a similar sized clasp to ensure that the necklace will fit you the same way. However, in some cases the jeweler may suggest a stronger type of clasp if it’s a chain that is worn a lot or based on the weight of the pendants you wear on it.
Cleaning Tarnished Necklaces: DIY or Gilbert Jeweler?
As suggested above, keeping necklaces in closed pouches or plastic bags will really help slow down the build-up of tarnish but if you have a necklace that has some oxidation don’t worry! We know there are a lot of DIY cleaning hacks online when it comes to jewelry cleaning. While some may work well, those videos don’t always take into account the softness of the stones in the necklace. The damage that could be caused by cleaning it with heat or certain chemicals could be irreversible. To be safe, bring in the necklace to a professional jeweler for cleaning OR in some cases of vintage jewelry pieces, the patina can make a necklace more valuable so your knowledgeable Gilbert jeweler will be able to advise you if that’s the case.
Hopefully you won’t need our necklace cleaning or repair services but if you ever find yourself with a knot in a necklace chain, we are here to help!