How To Know If Your Jewelry Is Worth Repairing

Many people have a similar problem: pushed to the back of the jewelry box is a piece of jewelry that is never worn because it’s in need of repair. People often are unsure if their jewelry is worth the cost of repair or if it can even be fixed. If you are holding on to damaged jewelry, either because you’re not sure if it’s valuable or because it is dear to your heart, here are a few suggestions to help you decide if you should repair it or let it go. 

Some Factors to Consider

1 — Heirlooms

Women's Colombian Emerald with Diamond Accents Heirloom RingA special piece of jewelry that was passed down through the family can have sentimental as well as financial value. If it’s even slightly damaged then you risk having a loose stone fall out, or losing the piece entirely if a latch or clasp fails. If you don’t want to wear the piece yourself, keeping it in good repair can help to preserve its value and appearance for years to come. Heirlooms are usually worth repairing, so you can protect a special piece of family history and pass it on to be treasured by generations to come. 

2 — Gemstones

Women's Big Emerald Diamond Engagement RingIt can be very difficult to determine the value of a gemstone with the naked eye. Slight variations in quality and wear can have a significant impact on a gemstone’s value. The best option is to bring in your jewelry with gemstones, so we can evaluate its value. Depending on what the stone is worth, you can decide if it’s worthwhile for you to have the piece repaired or place the stone in a new setting. 

3 — Metal

Custom Twisted Wedding Band SetThe type of metal used can make an enormous difference in deciding what to do with jewelry. Gold, silver, palladium, and platinum all have different values and present different levels of difficulty when repairing. We can examine the metal to help you decide if you want to refurbish the piece or if it is worthwhile to re-cast it to create a new piece. You may even want to consider selling it for the metal and turn unused jewelry into cash. 

4 — Do you love it?

Even inexpensive jewelry is worth the investment if it’s special to you. If wearing it will bring you joy, it is valuable enough to repair. 

How to Tell if Your Jewelry Needs Repair

It’s important to know that all jewelry goes through wear and tear with normal use. It can be easy to miss the subtle signs of damage, which can lead to bigger repairs if they go unaddressed. Here are a few details you can check to see if it’s time to have your jewelry repaired.

  1. Carefully inspect chains and bracelets. Look for broken or bent links and make sure the clasp closes completely and securely. A loose clasp is usually a simple repair, but if it isn’t fixed it can cause you to lose the piece entirely. 
  2. Check the prongs holding gemstones to see if they are bent or broken. If a prong catches on clothing or scratches your skin, that’s a sign that it’s not properly aligned. 
  3. See if any gemstones are loose. Gently prod them with a toothpick to see if they shift at all in the setting. 
  4. Look at the shank of your rings. This is the part of the band that sits on the underside of your finger, near your palm. Check for signs of wear and tear. Discoloration can indicate metal erosion or fatigue. 
  5. Look closely at gemstones, to see if any are missing, or if they have been chipped or dulled with scratches. 

Jewelry that you can’t wear because it needs to be repaired isn’t doing you any good. Let us take a look and help you decide what you want to do with it. With the proper care and repair, those pieces can bring you joy again. 

Top 5 Reasons Personalized Jewelry Makes The Perfect Gift

Personalized jewelry is a fantastic gift for any loved one. Whether you want to give a memorable anniversary present to your spouse or partner, you’d like to give Grandma a custom necklace with the birthstones of her grandkids, or you’d like to give a child, sibling, friend, or any other loved one an unforgettable gift, a personalized piece of jewelry is a wonderful choice.

With a personalized piece of jewelry, you can take the recipient’s style and preferences into account, and give them a gift that will be truly meaningful – and that they will wear and love for the years and decades to come. Below, we’ll discuss the top 5 reasons that personalized jewelry is the perfect present for someone special in your life.

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What to Consider When Creating a Men’s Custom Wedding Band

Today’s modern men are gravitating towards something a little different

In the past, men’s wedding bands have been a pretty simple addition to any marriage ceremony. While a woman’s ring is often strategically chosen to compliment her engagement ring, men have seemed to focus more on subtlety and class. A simple ring that showcases their commitment to their spouse, but not in a flashy way.

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Jewelry Gifts for Your Bridal Party

Jewelry Gifts for Your Bridal Party

 

Bridal Party & Maid of Honor Jewelry Gift Ideas

 

Your maid of honor and the other members of your bridal party have invested a lot of time, effort, and even expense in helping make your wedding a dream come true. Honor their efforts with a thoughtfully chosen, unique, and truly wonderful thank you gift.

The gifts needn’t be identical but should all fall within the same price range. The only exceptions might be spending a bit less for the flower girls and junior bridesmaids and a bit more for the maid of honor. Your maid of honor deserves an extra special gift for having your back throughout the whole wedding planning process!

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Choosing the Right Gemstones When Designing Jewelry

Choosing the Right Gemstones When Designing Jewelry

 

Breathtaking beauty, sparkle, and color… Gemstones are the heart and soul of fine jewelry. 

 

Purple Sapphire Wedding RingMinerals, Gemstones, and Jewels

 

According to the International Gem Society (IGS), gemstones are defined as: “Minerals that have been chosen for their beauty and durability, then cut and polished for use as human adornment.” Many of the minerals classified as gemstones are crystalline in nature, perhaps because crystals are naturally sparkly.

 

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Mother’s Day Jewelry Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Jewelry Gift Ideas

Every mother in existence is unique and special, and your Mother’s Day gift can celebrate that special uniqueness. At Revolution Jewelry Works, we have lots of Mother’s Day jewelry gift ideas, and we can create Mother’s Day jewelry that is unique, personal, and profound. To show your mother, grandmother, sister, wife, or other special mom how much you love and appreciate them this Mother’s Day come to us and let us help you come up with a spectacular custom piece of jewelry. Our custom mother’s jewelry piece will be made to your specifications to honor the woman it is intended for.

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Diamonds and Gemstone Cuts Explained

Diamonds and Gemstone Cuts Explained

When it comes to diamonds, all stones are not the same. There are many different sizes, shapes, and designs that give diamonds their individual character. At Revolution Jewelry Works, our focus is on creating unique fine jewelry our customers will never see anywhere else, whether you choose diamonds alone or a combination of diamonds and other gemstones. Our experts work with you to create the design of your dreams. For creative jewelry with personality, Colorado Springs comes to Revolution Jewelry Works.

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What is a Moissanite Ring?

What Is Moissanite?

 

Moissanite is a gemstone made of naturally occurring silicon carbide originally discovered in 1893 in a meteor crater, making it literally a space rock. It was later also discovered in Wyoming, in the Green River Formation. Today, Moissanite for jewelry is exclusively lab-grown. A classic Moissanite gem looks a lot like a diamond, has a faint yellow tinge, and an incredible brilliance. Like a diamond, Moissanite rings are both clear and sparkly. Moissanite is a unique gemstone, and just like a diamond, it’s also very rare in nature. Both stones are available in a variety of shapes, making both a wise choice for an engagement or wedding ring.

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