There are few feelings worse than when you accidentally break one of your favourite pieces of jewellery. The moment that a chain snaps or part of your earrings fall off is always heart-breaking, especially when you have to worry about the potential costs of repair. It might come as a welcome surprise to you then, that there are a few bits of jewellery repair that you are more than capable of doing at home yourself.
Replacing a Clasp
One of the bits of your jewellery that is much more likely to break is the clasp on a necklace or bracelet. Clasps take more of the strain and wear than any other part of these pieces of jewellery, which unfortunately means that they’re often the first bit to pack it in. Replacing a clasp is actually really simple, all you need to do is to pick up a similarly sized clasp online, one or two rings and then use a pair of pliers to fix it to the jewellery.
When earring strings break it is invariably a bit of a mess when all the pieces go flying. Luckily it is very simple to replace these strings. You can pick up appropriate strings from most craft shops or online stores, and repairing the earrings is as simple as rethreading the pieces and attaching the thread to the hook.
Replace Earring Hooks
Earring hooks are a bit less likely to break than the other parts of the earring, but when they do – or when you lose them – your earrings are completely unwearable. Replacing the hooks is once again really easy. All you need to do is pick up a replacement hook – make sure that it is the same size as your other hook or replace both earrings’ hooks at the same time – and attach the thread of the earring.
After long periods of use or after a sufficient amount of time, it is inevitable that jewellery stones will, unfortunately, come loose and fall off. While you should take any stones that use bezels to hold the stones to a jeweller for repair, pieces of jewellery that use glue can be repaired at home. Re-gluing a stone is a simple as putting some strong adhesive on the stone and placing it in its place, just make sure that the adhesive is strong enough to hold the stone and that the stones are opaque so that you don’t see any unsightly glue marks!