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What Can Jewelers Repair?

Often, the need for jewelry repair arises due to wear and tear, accidental damage, or the natural aging of the piece. Jewelry is not just a material possession; it often holds significant sentimental value, representing cherished memories or special moments. Whether it’s a treasured family heirloom that’s showing its age or a favorite piece that’s been accidentally damaged, the need for a jeweler’s repair services is crucial. Skilled jewelers can restore these precious items, ensuring they continue to shine and carry their meaningful stories for years to come.

At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we believe that every piece of jewelry tells a story. Our mission is not only to help you create and choose the perfect piece but also to guide you in caring for your treasures to ensure they last a lifetime and beyond.

Proper Jewelry Care: An Ounce of Prevention

Jewelry is more than just an accessory; it’s an expression of who you are. Keeping it in optimal condition requires consistent care and attention. Wearing jewelry during activities like sports or household chores can expose your precious pieces to damage. Chemicals in cleaning supplies, cosmetics, chlorine, and even natural body oils can tarnish metals and dull gemstones.

Avoid wearing jewelry while bathing or swimming, and always remember to put your jewelry on last when getting dressed to minimize exposure to harmful substances. Regularly cleaning your jewelry with a soft cloth can keep it looking its best. However, some pieces may require professional cleaning to maintain their shine and integrity.

Types Of Repairs: The Magic Touch of Professional Jewelers

Even with the best care, jewelry may sometimes need repair. That’s where our skilled team at Brad’s Designs & Jewelry comes in. We offer a range of repair services, each tailored to breathe new life into your beloved pieces.

  • Resizing Rings: Whether due to changes in body size or gifting a ring that doesn’t fit, we can resize your rings to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.
  • Replacing Broken Clasps: A broken clasp can render your favorite necklace or bracelet unwearable. We can replace clasps to restore functionality.
  • Cleaning Diamonds: Diamonds may be the hardest substance on earth, but they can still lose their sparkle over time. Our professional cleaning service will have your diamonds gleaming like new.
  • Repairing Prongs: Prongs hold your precious stones in place. If they become worn or damaged, there’s a risk of losing your stone. We can repair or replace prongs to secure your gemstones.

Caveats in Jewelry Repair: When Repairs are Not Advisable

There are times when a repair might do more harm than good. For example, attempting to fix a severely cracked gemstone could potentially break it further. In such cases, replacement might be the best option. Our team will always communicate transparently about the pros and cons of repair versus replacement.

Cost and Timelines: Transparency and Trust

The cost and timeline of jewelry repairs can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the work and the materials involved. Rest assured, we provide clear estimates before proceeding with any repair work, and we strive to complete all repairs in a timely manner without compromising quality.

Your Trusted Partner in Jewelry Care and Repair

At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we treat your jewelry as if it were our own. We understand the sentimental value behind each piece, and we’re committed to helping you preserve that value. No matter your jewelry repair, cleaning, or maintenance needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team. We’re here to help your jewelry continue to tell your story for generations to come.

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How to Clean Your Jewelry Like the Pros

Your everyday jewelry pieces can really take a beating and collect dirt and debris! Constant wear can take a toll on your favorite or heirloom rings or earrings if you do not take care and maintain them for you and future generations to enjoy. Plus, nothing sparkles more than a clean and well-cared for piece of jewelry!

Check out essential ways to shine up your most precious pieces: 

Consistent cleaning: You should put into place a cleaning plan that occurs every six months or whenever your rings or necklaces are looking especially dingy. For gold, platinum or a mix of gold and platinum jewelry, it is best to have a soft old toothbrush on hand. Soak your dirty jewelry filled with mild dishwashing detergent and warm water for about 15 minutes. Do not use too hot water as it can damage precious stones or cause them to crack. Once your pieces have soaked, gently scrub intricate areas with your toothbrush and rinse well. Dry well with a soft cloth.

Special solution: For real silver jewelry that tends to tarnish, you can create a special mix at home. Line a bowl with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water and baking soda to create a reaction that will help soak away all of the tarnish that has built up on your jewelry. 

Quick touchup: There are a variety of products that are made for a quick wipe of your jewelry if it has been gunked up by food, sweat or body oils. Having this type of product on-hand can be a great way to do a quick cleanup if you do not have time to drag out a bowl and soak your rings.

Be proactive: You can help prevent your jewelry from getting too dingy in the first place by taking off your pieces when you are going to swim in a pool or in lakes or the ocean. Always remove your rings when you are putting on lotion or in the shower as that is where products can get in between your intricate ring areas and cause a buildup. Wear your silver jewelry as much as you can as that will help it stay shiny. When you are not wearing your silver, store it in an anti-tarnish bag.

Sometimes It’s Time for a Professional

If you are concerned at all about a loose stone or large scratch, let our jewelry specialists take a close look and clean it for you. At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we can get up-close and personal with your pieces and repair any issues or clean it up really well based on our expertise. Our repair services include: replacing prongs that hold in stones, watch repairs, soldering, replacing clasps or lost stones, resizing rings and professional cleaning. If you have any questions, please reach out to us via our online contact form.

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How to Properly Care for Your Custom Jewelry Piece

Your custom jewelry created by our team at Brad’s Designs & Jewelry is special and unique. Taking care of it throughout the years will ensure that it is around for your children and grandchildren as part of your family’s story. These special pieces need special attention.

As daily wear can cause issues to your pieces, follow our tips to help them last.

Watch where you wear it: You love your jewelry and want to wear it every day! But there are instances and places where you should take off your ring or earrings to help preserve them. Do not swim or shower in your custom jewelry as chlorine and consistent water exposure can affect your metals and stones. Do not have your jewelry on when you are applying lotion, sunscreen or hair spray.

Store carefully: Your custom pieces need a special spot to rest when you are not wearing them. If you pile them up together, they can become scratched, tangled or damaged. A jewelry tree can help organize your necklaces and earrings and cloth pouches can store your rings or earrings.

Gentle touch: Using a soft cloth is best to wipe away any dust or dirt that has built up. Mild dish soap in warm water can help work out the more built up stuff that is encrusted in your jewelry. Do not use a scrub brush or any hard sponge to work on your jewelry as it can cause scratches. Thoroughly dry your custom pieces after you wash them, so that there is no water or soap residue left behind.

Ask questions: If you are not sure about what material some of your pieces are made of, ask a professional jeweler to receive guidance on how best to clean and keep your jewelry shining. When you have jewelry that has a mix of stones and metals, you need to be mindful of all of these to ensure you do not scratch or damage the individual components.

Our Team Can Help Your Jewelry Live Longer

At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we offer jewelry services beyond creation. We can help you maintain your pieces by reviewing their condition to see if there are any issues, such as loose stones. We can repair broken clasps, solder chains or rings, fix your watch, replace your stone if it is lost or damaged or re-tip the prongs that keep your precious gems in place. If you need a ring re-sized, we can help with that as well. By keeping your pieces at their best, you can pass them along to your loved ones to enjoy for years to come. Contact us through our online contact form with questions or to begin designing a new custom piece. We begin with your story as inspiration and use innovation and hands-on techniques to fashion beautiful custom jewelry for you.