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.
Alicia L. - Seattle, WA - June 2011 - YelpMy fiance and I got our engagement rings from Joseph Jewelry and it was all smiles from there. We had originally gotten my ring custom made at another business that ended up being a scam, so when my friend referred me to Joseph, I remained skeptical. But as soon as we walked into Joseph Jewelry, we immediately felt special. Joseph and his brother Danny made us feel like VIP, calmly listening to our desires for the look of the ring and price range. Even though we still did a little bit of customizing, we loved the selection of rings that they had. We received our ring in a very timely manner. We then came back and ordered a man's wedding ring as well, and again we were thrilled with the large selection of rings; much more unique than compared to other jewelers. My fiance and I are thrilled with the results. I look at my ring every single day and can't believe that it looks exactly the way that I had dreamed of. We love Joseph Jewelry and will be sure to recommend everyone we know!