December 29, 2012

After Christmas Problems Solved

Posted in Christmas, clasps, diamonds, engagement, Gifts, gold, jeweler, jewelry care, jewelry repair, ring sizing, rings, rose diamonds, silver, watch, watch batteries, watches tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:33 pm by rosediamonds

Following any big holiday, we see an influx of people looking to “adjust” their gifts.  Here are some of the most common issues we see after Christmas:

ring too small

Problem: New Ring is too big/too small

Solution: Ring Sizing or ring guard.  Price will vary depending on the thickness of the metal and what kind of metal it is (silver is less than gold.  gold less than platinum).  Sizing up costs more than sizing down.  Problem/sensitive stones (amythest, citrine, tanzanite, opal, turqouise, mother of pearl, emeralds, etc) may have an additional cost if the jeweler needs to remove them or use a more elaborate set-up to protect the stones from damage from the jewelers torch $$

Ring Guards are a less expensive version (at time of publication $5) and take two minutes to install.  They are slightly adjustable, but they are not as comfortable as getting the ring to the right size.  $

ring sizing

ring guard















chain too short
chain extender

Problem: Chain is too short/too long

Solution: Obviously, we can replace the chain with one of the proper length.  If your chain is too long, it can be shortened (same day usually) for $15-30.  We do this by removing links and then soldering the chain back together.  If it is a round chain, we usually removed the endcap (endpiece) and shorten it seamlessly.  $$

If your chain is too short, we can add an extender to the back in the form of a chain segment.  If you want the chain to match exactly, we can order in a bracelet of the same link to work from or we might

have your link in stock.  This may not be the best choice if you have short hair as the chain extender will show in the back.  Round chains (rope, singapore, snake, and box) do not have a way to seamlessly add matching links, so in these cases many people choose to replace or add a standard extension chain to it.  Price on this depends on how much chain (length and width) you are adding.  We might be able to use one of your old chains, bracelets, anklets, etc to do the extension.  Bring it in and ask $$$


Pendant Bail

Problem: Pendant won’t go through the chain I want to use.

Solution: We are practical  types, so we usually recommend the path of least cost to you.  In most cases, this means that we will adjust the pail of your pendant.  There are cases where we remove the endpiece to your chain to slip it on (this means it won’t accidentally come off, but you won’t be able to switch pendants this way)  Cost will vary depending on whether we are simply re-shaping an end or removing and re-soldering.  Larger replacement bails are also available.  $$

tangle of necklaces

Problem: Tiny, Tangly Chains

Solution: Tiny chains come with many pendants or are available at promo (cheap) prices so people aren’t overwhelmed with a pendant price AND a chain price (it can work out to doubling the cost for a nice chain).  To keep a tiny chain untangled, store it clasped.  Storing the chain hanging (a panel nail on the inside of your closet wall will do) or notch a business card/scrap of paper and wrap the chain around it to prevent tangling when not wearing it.  There are several chains that resist tangling more than others.  If you are thinking of replacing your chain, we usually recommend at least a 1mm diameter.  Replacement chains (appx 18′ with a 1mm diameter) run from $100-250 depending on the style/weight in gold.  Silver replacement chains are from $15-35.

watch too big

Problem: Watch too big

Solution: We can adjust the links of most watches while you wait for a flat fee ($5 at time of writing this).  Notice we did not mention lengthening watches…the only way to handle this is for you to find your replacement links (look in your button drawer) or for us to replace the watchband (leather runs around $25 while a stainless or two tone option runs around $35)


Problem: What are all these dials for.  Is my watch even running?

Solution: Everyone loves the “complicated” look of a chronograph.  First things first.  A chronograph is like a stopwatch.  It has two second hands.  The general one is in one of the small dials.  The large second hand only sweeps when you push the top button on your watch.  Here are a couple diagrams for your convenience on the most common issue peple have with resetting their chrono.

reset chronograph

June 20, 2011

Problem Solved: Hard to Clasp Chain or Necklace

Posted in clasps, jeweler, jewelry, jewelry design, jewelry repair, rose diamonds tagged , , , , , at 8:44 pm by rosediamonds

Summer is here, and “hard to clasp chains and necklaces”  are a recurring issue that comes up at the repair shop.  Whether you have indulged in a fresh manicure, have acrylic nails, or suffer from arthritis, one thing remains the same…the clasp that comes with most pendant chains is hard to fasten.  Over the years, we have tried many variations on clasps to help out clients out.  Here are the most popular 4 options:

Option 1: Most small chains come with a microscopic spring ring clasp (pictured to the right).  Others come with small lobster claws.  Neither are easy to manage by yourself.  One way to solve this is to upgrade the clasp to a “super sized version” of the original.  Ask your jeweler to make a double circle loop for the opposite side of the chain to accommodate the larger clasp and make it easier to grasp. (it looks like a bubble 8-you hold one circle while clasping it into the other) Cost: $

Option 2: Toggle closures.  You slide the bar through the circle.  They are easy to manipulate for most people.  There is a small percentage chance that they can come unclasped if the necklace/bracelet doesn’t fit you snugly.  Cost $$–they come in silver/14K as well as gold if cost is an issue.

Option 3: Hook & eye closure or s hook.  They are manageable to work with both hands.  The “S” portion slides over the enlarged jump ring and squeezes shut.  Cost $

Option 4: My favorite is the “easy loc” clasp system.  It comes with a large part to grasp with and the clasp is spring loaded without a trigger.  This means you simply slide it into the clasp.  Because it is smaller, it blends in more with smaller chains and mimics their original clasp.  Cost: $$ (needs both pieces to work ideally)


Remember, that almost every jewelry problem has a solution at your local jeweler.  Ask them to see other clasp options to dress up your pearls or upgrade your chain.  Not every change has to be made of convenience, right?