October 25, 2017 5 min read
If you’re looking to get your jewelry repaired in Farmington, NM, or just have some general maintenance done, there are a few things you need to know before you trust someone with your most precious jewelry. In this article we’ll go over the different options you have for jewelry repair in Farmington, NM, and what you can expect from the most common jewelry repair and maintenance tasks that your jewelry may undergo.
Let’s dive in!
The first choice you’ll need to make when selecting a jewelry repair provider is whether or not you want your jewelry shipped out of town to a service center.
When looking getting your jewelry serviced or repaired, there are a lot of advantages to choosing a jeweler that offers in-house jewelry service.
First, it’s faster. Jewelry stores that ship your jewelry out to a service center will often not be able to return your jewelry to you for weeks and, in some cases, even a month or more. Jewelry stores that offer expert in-house jewelry repair can often have your repair completed in a few days (depending on the particular task).
And second, it gives you peace of mind. In addition to the time shipping your jewelry back-and-forth takes, many people don’t feel comfortable having their most precious jewelry shipped across the country to complete a simple repair. With in-house jewelry repair, you know where your jewelry is and who’s handing it.
Here at Garcia & Co. Jewelers in Farmington, NM, we provide in-house jewelry repair, maintenance, custom design, and appraisal services. Any of your jewelry needs will be handled with the care and attention of our in-house experts with 30+ years of experience in the jewelry industry.
Most major chain jewelry stores in Farmington, NM ship jewelry out of town for repairs and service as simple as a ring sizing. Some of the cons of shipping your jewelry out for service were covered above.
On the positive side, these service providers will often do free basic cleaning and inspection in-store like in-house providers do. They will, however, need to ship your jewelry out if they discover any repairs are needed.
One of the best ways to protect your jewelry from more serious damage is to bring it to a jewelry professional regularly to be cleaned and inspected.
Here at Garcia & Co. Jewelers, you can bring your jewelry to us for a FREE cleaning and inspection, even if you didn’t purchase the jewelry from us!
We’ll use safe, professional cleaning methods to get your jewelry sparkling like new, and our expert bench jeweler will look over your jewelry under magnification to spot any potential issues such as worn down prongs or a rickety clasp (more on these below).
As the Four Corners most trusted jewelry repair and service provider for nearly 30 years, we service a lot of jewelry every week. We can tell you with confidence that 70-80% of the repairs we perform fit into a few simple categories. Here’s what you need to know:
As mentioned above, one of the best ways to minimize the repairs your jewelry will need over time is will regular cleaning and polishing. Keeping your jewelry clean keeps small abrasives like dust and dirt out of the nooks and crannies of your jewelry.
As you may know, sterling silver tarnishes over time. And in our article about Platinum Vs. White Gold, we talked about how white gold needs to be periodically re-plated with rhodium to maintain its bright white finish or it will begin to appear slightly yellow over time.
This is something that most people don’t even realize is happening to their stone settings over time. The claw-like precious metal bindings that hold your gemstones in place get worn down over time. If these get worn down too far, it can also result in the prong not holding the stone securely and the stone possibly falling out.
Rebuilding these prongs and making sure the gemstone is held tightly is one of the most common repairs we perform.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your wedding ring serviced, bring it to us for a complimentary clean and check and see if your prongs need to be rebuilt.
Wearing jewelry that fits correctly is another way to ensure that your jewelry lasts for a lifetime. One of the trends that led to more watch band replacements than anything else was the trend of wearing Rolex watches a few links too large. It’s not uncommon for women wearing a wedding ring that’s too large to have stories about almost losing the ring right off of their finger.
So whatever the reason for needing your jewelry or watches resized, make sure you’re wearing your jewelry comfortably but also securely.
Another repair we see often is a chain that has stretched to the point of needing repair in some of the links or total replacement. Sometimes it’s not the chain itself, but rather the clasp that connects the ends of the necklace or bracelet has simply worn out or taken some kind of damage, making the piece not safe to wear.
In some cases, the entire head of a ring needs to be replaced. The “head” is the entire basket-like piece that holds the center stone of a ring (which includes the prongs).
In other cases, the ring has been worn daily for so many years that the entire ring or “mounting” needs to be replaced. We see rings where the bottom of the ring “shank” is worn so thin that it looks like it could snap in half at any moment.
In many cases, our jeweler can replace this worn out part of the shank and, with expert craftsmanship, laser weld and polish the seams so it looks good as new.
If a ring needs extensive work to be brought back to “like new” condition, many of our clients simply choose to remount their center diamond into a new ring.
If you’d prefer that your jewelry repair be handled by expert professionals right here in town without being shipped out, come to Garcia & Co. Jewelers in Farmington, NM.
We’ll give you a complementary cleaning and inspection, and a no-obligation quote on any necessary repair work.
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