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.
Katie N. - Woodinville, WA - October 2015 - YelpI wanted my own, unique engagement ring and after hours of research online I found Joseph Jewelry to be my top choice. Once I went in the fantastic reception and immediate service I received confirmed my decision. They never pressured me, and I came back with my fiance (now husband) and we began the design of my ring with Danny. We were able to work on the design together and I participated up to the wax mold of my ring, and then they emailed my husband directly when it was done so that I would not know and there was still an element of surprise. When it came time for our wedding bands we of course went back to Joseph Jewelry. They never argued with my wedding band being completely different from my engagement ring and they have a huge selection of masculine styles so my fiance was easily able to find something he liked (even as indecisive as he is). Again Danny took amazing care of us and made us feel appreciated for coming back in. They were also the only place I trusted to restring my Grandmother's pearls to wear at my wedding, and they did a beautiful job. They me seem expensive on the front end, but the service, warranty and quality you get along with the beauty of your piece makes it an excellent purchase. I truly feel Joseph Jewelry is worth a visit at the very least, because once you walk in, they will earn your business.