Repairs & Engraving-GrisGris Factory Engagement rings and Custom Jewelry
Conservation and Restoration
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At Gris Gris Factory, we get questions about care, repair, preservation, and restoration of jewelry almost everyday. We want to take this opportunity to educate you about the best way to care for jewelry and to answer some common questions.
The structure of jewelry is often very complex and a poor repair or restoration can not only be unattractive, it can damage the piece. Most good jewelers are able to repair modern items but heirloom or antique jewelry should be repaired only by a jeweler who is used to working with appropriate materials. “Big box” or “chain store” jewelers do not generally have this experience and expertise.
Clean and Check
To ensure the long term beauty and stability of your jewelry, we recommend bringing your pieces into Gris Gris Factory for regular “checkups.” Like you would go to the dentist or have the oil changed in your car, it’s a good idea to bring your jewelry to Gris Gris Factory every six months to get cleaned. Doing so provides you with two main benefits: It keeps your pieces looking beautiful and it provides an opportunity for us to examine your jewelry under magnification to make sure that everything is structurally sound. If we spot any issues, we will make recommendations for repair, preservation or conservation.It’s important to note that different metals and stones need to be cleaned in different ways. Therefore, it is very important to have your jewelry professionally cleaned. At Gris Gris Factory, we know how to clean your jewelry in different ways that are appropriate for the stones and metal used.
Types of Damage
Most damage occurs as a result of wear and tear: Stones and enamel become chipped, clasps may break prongs can become worn and surfaces are scratched. Metals such as silver, copper and copper alloys will tarnish and most jewelry becomes dirty. Rings can get soap and other materials encrusted in them, and earrings and necklaces often become gummed up with hair products and make-up.air
Weak clasps, prongs and pins can be repaired or replaced so that the piece is safe to be worn. If you have this done to a historic piece, make sure that the replacement is identical to the original. Stones that are loose in their setting should be repaired by a specialist jeweler, such as one of Gris Gris Factory goldsmiths, as an inappropriate repair may weaken the setting or damage the stone.
Restoration means “Bringing back to a former position or condition.” In restoring an a piece of jewelry, the most important element is the final appearance. At Gris Gris Factory, the client and staff work together to determine the most desirable period of an object’s life and the goldsmiths restore the piece in a manner appropriate to that desired time period.
Preservation involves keeping an object from destruction and seeing to it that the object is not irredeemably altered or changed. Preserving an object places additional layers of requirements on the decisions regarding materials and methodology. In preservation, the primary goal is to retain the maximum amount of original materials and details. Preservation dictates that in order to retain the maximum amount of original material and details, repairs must be done with minimal or no changes to the original design, in like materials, and, if possible, using the same methods that were used when the piece was originally created.