Repairing Fine Gemstone Jewelry

Published by Gordon Weller GIA GG on 7th Feb 2020

Repairing luxury jewelry

If properly cared for, over time, fine luxury gemstone jewelry can become a treasured family heirloom, passed on from generation to generation. Our blog on caring for your fine gemstone jewelry describes ways to minimize damage to your jewelry. Also, as mentioned in our blog on proper cleaning methods for gemstone jewelry, the act of cleaning your jewelry offers a great opportunity to carefully inspect your jewelry pieces. This will help you find loose stones, cracked or broken prongs, etc. which could allow you to repair the item before expensive stones are lost or more expensive repairs are needed.

For example, suppose you have a 2 carat diamond in your ring and while cleaning it, you notice the large diamond moves in the setting. You think, one of these days I'll have this looked at. Weeks go by and you still haven't done anything with the ring until you look down and discover the diamond is gone! Never to be seen again.

You eventually learn the movement of the diamond was a result of a crack in one of the prongs. Had you stopped immediately wearing the ring and taken it to a jeweler for repair, you could have avoided the prong breaking off and the diamond falling out!

There are many highly skilled retail jewelers in the United States capable of performing inspections and making repairs to a piece of jewelry. However, no one has the knowledge of your piece like the people who crafted it initially.

We strongly recommend that you send your piece directly to us for all repairs and adjustments. This will provide you with the peace of mind that the integrity of the original design will be projected into the future.