Restoring Sentiment: Reviving Dad's Favourite Jewellery Pieces for Father's Day

Are you looking for something a little on the different side to give Dad this Father’s Day? Something that will really mean a lot, and show him just how much you care? How about arranging to repair or revive a favourite piece of his jewellery that’s seen better days? Imagine Dad’s face when he sees the heirloom he thought he’d never wear again all fixed and polished to perfection! Here’s how to go about restoring your dad’s favourite jewellery to make the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Heirloom jewellery passed down through generations holds a huge amount of emotional and historical significance for families. So when it starts to deteriorate, or gets broken, it can be quite upsetting. So what if, this Father’s Day, you offer to have your dad’s favourite jewellery heirloom repaired and restored to its former glory?

Whether you indulge in a spot of subterfuge and join forces with Mum to secretly get your hands on the piece so Dad hasn’t a clue about the upcoming surprise, or you come clean and tell Dad what you’re doing, the resulting joy is sure to be the same.

Common issues with heirloom jewellery

Heirloom jewellery is prone to a variety of issues:

Loose or missing stones

Whether it’s due to damage or just wear and tear over the years, stones can become loose, or may even have been lost.

A jeweller will be able to restore the integrity of the stone by resetting it to ensure it stays securely within the piece. Missing stones can be matched and replaced.

Broken clasps and chains

Broken clasps, snapped chains and damaged links are common issues with heirloom jewellery.

A jeweller will be able to repair or replace components such as these to restore functionality and integrity, making the piece wearable again.

Worn-out settings and metals

Metals can tarnish over time. Bands can thin out, and prongs can wear down, making the piece weak and prone to breakage.

As part of the restoration process, your jeweller will re-tip prongs, re-shank bands, and polish or re-plate metals. Rhodium plating, for example, will bring back the original shine that graced white gold or platinum pieces.

The jewellery restoration process

The jewellery restoration process consists of a series of steps:

Initial assessment

The jeweller will assess the condition of your piece of jewellery, and identify the necessary repairs.

You’ll be given a range of options, and the opportunity to talk about any preferences.

The jeweller will then give you a price and a timescale for the work.

Always choose a jeweller who offers jewellery repairs on the premises. That way you can feel reassured that your piece will always be in safe hands, and won’t be at risk of being lost in transit.

Restoration work

The jeweller will carefully begin the restoration process, taking time and using skill and experience to bring your piece back to its original condition.

High quality materials and expert techniques will form part of the process. For gemstone pieces that won’t withstand heat, a laser welder will be used to protect the jewellery.

Finishing touches

Once the repairs are complete, the jeweller will clean and polish the piece, and inspect it thoroughly to ensure everything is in order before contacting you to come in and collect it.

The value of restoring heirloom jewellery as a Father’s Day gift

Restoring a cherished piece can be a deeply meaningful Father’s Day gift. It can also preserve memories and keep family history alive.

What’s more, the act of restoring jewellery carries sustainability benefits. Rather than buying a new piece with all the resources that go with it, you are rekindling something that already exists.

If you’d like to have a piece of jewellery restored as a Father’s Day gift, or for any other occasion, please contact us to organise an initial consultation, or call into our Hainault jewellery shop. We are just a short walk from Hainault Station, or if you’re driving, we have parking at the rear of the shop.

When you pop in, be sure to bring the piece of jewellery with you, and have a think about exactly what you’d like to see done.

Posted on by Ian Tubby.