Due to the wide variety of metals, styles, stones and finishes we recommend that, in most cases, it is best to send the brooch
in for an estimate before any work is carried out. Alternatively you can email images, front and back views please, to
and we can give you an idea if the brooch is repairable. If
the brooch is made of a precious metal only (gold, silver or platinum)
and not stone set most work can be carried
out. If the broken parts cannot be repaired they
are removed. The replacement section is made and soldered
back in to position. Pins and safety chains can normally
be replaced without interfering with other parts. If
the brooch is stone set then depending on the condition
of the setting and the types of stones (a lot of brooches
are set with pearls for example) we can use our laser welder to repair the item. With costume jewellery the metal is very soft and often
the stones are glass and cannot be heated, we may be able to repair the item using our laser welder
Read about our Laser Welder here.
Catches- The most common style is a revolving clasp. All catches will need soldering to fit onto a brooch and the issues raised above need to be considered.
Pins and Hinges- The pin of a brooch is normally made of a hardened wire, this stops it from bending and gives it more spring. They are usually held on to the brooch by a hinge and riveted into position. Sometimes the hinge also can be worn and needs replacing , this can cause problems so it is always best to look carefully at the condition of the hinge before quoting for a pin only . The golden rule is if in any doubt send for a free of charge estimate.
Safety Chains- Usually held on to a brooch by a small jump ring or eyelet. If this has worn away , depending on the brooch they can be resoldered taking into account the design as discussed above. If soldering is a problem we can get around this by soldering an eyelet on to the hinge end of a pin .The other possibility is to wrap the jump ring end of the safety chain around part of the brooch if the design allows this option.
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