You want to be able to wear your find jewelry for all kinds of occasions, which is what it's for, after all. But that also means it's exposed to hazards and just general wear and tear over time that can cause damage to certain areas of a piece.
Whether you need the prongs on your engagement ring repaired or the beading on a family heirloom touched up, our experts have the right set of skills and the proper tools to get the job done. We'll return your piece to you looking like new, so you can again wear it the way it was meant to be worn.
Re-tipping prongs and beads is a delicate process, especially because we don't want to do anything that will adversely impact another part of the piece. Many gemstones can be damaged by heat, which is why we use the best tools available to precisely direct a focused laser to only the specific area we're trying to repair.
• The first step in any re-tipping project is to clean and examine the entire piece to see if there is any additional damage that needs to be repaired.
• Once we know what we're working with, we'll solder a new bead of metal onto the worn surface of the old prong or bead to build it back up again. We'll also make sure all prongs are sitting securely against the gemstone like they should be.
• After the soldering is completed, we'll check all gemstones to make sure they're secure, and then we'll polish and refinish the piece.
In order to complete this type of highly technical and detailed work, we use only the best tools available. These include lasers that allow us to direct heat only onto the spots that need it without impacting any surrounding areas or features. This is especially important because re-tipping is carried out with the gemstones in place, and with this type of tool, we can avoid exposing them to the heat.
Re-tipping may hardly seem to make a difference in the appearance of your ring or other piece of jewelry, but it's extremely important when it comes to the safety and security of your gemstones. Prongs especially serve several functions, including holding the stone securely and serving as a buffer to deflect impact.
This is why they get worn down, of course, and it's also why you need them. Many beads, while they may seem simply decorative, also serve similar purposes, and restoring them to their original condition is an excellent way to ensure that your fine jewelry looks its best for many years to come.
David T. - Virginia - September 2013 - GoogleAfter searching extensively, I recently found and purchased an engagement ring for my fiance (Michelle) at Joseph Jewelry. My fiance and I had discussed rings previously, just so I could try to find out what really appealed to her without being too direct, and this one met all the criteria. It is truly perfect and seems as if it were designed specifically for us. The ring was going to be presented during a "surprise" proposal to my beloved, and the event had to be just right. I have to admit that there were several challenges which, to be quite honest, had me concerned about whether it would all come together as planned. Issues like: I was living in Virginia and my fiance in Washington; I couldn't actually travel to the shop to discuss the design; everything had to be done via phone/internet; issues came up that caused a time crunch at the last minute, etc., etc. I called and e-mailed Danny and Bonnie at the store many times, as things continued to change, and with every change they were able to adjust and even help me with other aspects of the evening so that it went off without a hitch. Needless to say, the proposal was better than either of us expected. As desert was brought to the table so were two dozen red roses. I turned to Michelle and recited a few lines, then went down on one knee and presented her with the ring as I asked her if she would do me the honor of being my wife. She said yes (several times) and then we received an applause for our efforts from the other restaurant patrons. It was truly a night we will remember forever. She was (and still is) in complete awe of the ring and now we're working on the wedding band design to match it. I can't thank the staff at Joseph Jewelry enough for, not only the design and beautiful craftsmanship of the ring, but also the patience, customer care and assistance with every other aspect of the evening. Especially, thanks to Danny and Bonnie...thank you, thank you, thank you!! I couldn't have done it without you!