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.
Arlene H. - Berkeley, CA - January 2016 - YelpLove this place! Short story: We custom made my engagement ring and band (jacket) here. We modeled it from my grandmothers ring to start. We were so happy with the results we had the grooms band made here as well. Long story: We live in California but my fiancé's family is in Seattle. We were first intrigued when we found a ring that looked similar to my grandmothers ring that I was trying to copy for my engagement ring. Then I noticed they make jewelry from scratch!! None of this "custom" that isn't really custom (pick a stone and setting). These guys will work with you to make the ring of your dreams. We started by visiting their store over the Xmas holidays and giving them a down payment. Then from California we started communicating through their website's messaging service. I sent the designer (Renae's awesome) a picture of my grandmothers ring, a few pictures from their website and a few from my own research. The designer then makes a cad like model of the ring. You get to work with them to tweak it to your specifications. They'll send you new screen shots of the model with every tweak. When you're happy with the model, they'll send you a 3/4 size 3D printed copy of the ring in the mail for you to feel and get an idea of the design in person. If you want to wear it you'll have to request a full size copy instead. Once you're happy you give them the go ahead to make the ring. A few tips: send pictures of what you want as well as sizes Make sure you're completely happy before they make the ring Don't guess on your ring size Wider rings (for jackets) need larger sizes