Chains are a vital part of many types of jewelry, but they're also necessarily a delicate part. And that means that even the best-made chain can eventually break after years of use or due to an accident.
Fortunately, our expert craftsmen have several tools and techniques in their arsenal that they can use to address this type of problem and get your piece back to mint condition quickly. No matter what type of metal your chain is made from or what caused the damage, we'll complete the necessary repairs and return it to you as strong and as beautiful as ever.
Any time we have to solder a broken chain, we evaluate the damage and come up with a specific plan for repair based on that unique situation. However, there are some basic steps that we'll always follow in order to ensure the best possible outcome for your piece.
• The first thing we do for any project involving soldering a broken chain is to see if we can weave the links together if it's appropriate.
• Next, we'll use a laser weld or solder, depending on the particulars of the piece, to connect the broken ends and make the connection secure.
• Lastly, we'll polish or texture the surface to recreate the original finish.
In addition to repairing broken chains, we can also use these techniques to shorten chains for you. If you have a piece of jewelry that you'd like to wear but that has a chain that's too long, our experts will remove as much material as you'd like and return it to you in like-new condition at your desired length.
Thanks to the advanced tools we have at our disposal and the extensive experience our artisans bring with them to every job, we can work on chains made from a wide variety of metals. These include platinum and palladium, as well as white and yellow gold in any metal grade.
The lasers we use for these types of soldering jobs allow us to work precisely and efficiently, which in turn lets us ensure we leave the piece in the best possible condition with negligible sign that the work was even done. The ability to focus the heat on such a small area also lets us avoid damage to other parts of the piece, and that means we can work on just about any type of jewelry chain with ease.
Chris O. - Seattle, WA - March 2012 - YelpI have to say, I've read a lot of the review and I have to agree with the lot of them. Joseph's was a great place to work with. They kept in contact with us through the entire process and custom designed our engagement rings from scratch. Being that my partner and I work in different industries, we had different needs. He needed a flush mount without channels and I like the texture channels provide. He also wanted a "little" more ornamentation than I did. Joseph (the owner) showed us the lab and introduced us to the people on his team. After we had a general idea his designer Ryan set to work on a 3D rendering of each and we were quite pleased. The rings were then cast in a wax mold so that we could come in and try them on before having the metal cast with the stones. This step provided for a great likeness to the actual rings and we were convinced they were the ones we wanted. From start to finish it took about 4 weeks and they were even completed a few days ahead of when we needed them. All in all, the communication and thorough staff were the key. When in comes to jewelry, like many things, you get what you pay for. And with something I was going to wear for the rest of my life I was willing to pay the price. There were quite willing to work with us on metals, price and options on our budget. I would totally recommend them again.