Eventually everyone will need repairs done to their inlay jewelry, whether the damage is from everyday wear and tear or from a one time accident. The important thing is to get your inlaid jewelry repaired as soon as possible. Wearing your jewelry in a damaged state, especially inlaid jewelry, will only lead to bigger and more expensive repairs or stone loss. Once an inlaid stone has a crack in it, water or other liquids can seep through the crack to the epoxy. The epoxy is the only thing holding the stones securely in the mounting.
Penetration by water or other chemicals may affect the bond between the stone and the mounting, allowing some or all of the inlaid stones to fall out. Because each stone is epoxied to the next, the inlaid stones depend on the bond from stone to stone as well as their bond to the bottom and sides of the inlay channel. It is vital to the structure of the whole inlay section of the jewelry that all pieces be intact and securely epoxied in the channel. If your inlay jewelry is accented by faceted gemstones set in prongs, they should be checked yearly to make sure they are not worn or bent, possibly resulting in the stones coming loose. Channel set stones may loosen over time and should be check periodically as well.
Closely inspect your inlay jewelry on a regular basis. If your eyesight is not what it used to be, buy a magnifying glass or take your jewelry in to a local jeweler and have them take a look at it under magnification. If your inlay needs repair, return it to a professional lapidary for repairs. Most jewelers are not experts in lapidary work and do not have the inlay materials on hand to repair your inlaid jewelry. Avoid any potential headaches, overcharging and damage to your special jewelry by having a qualified lapidary work on your inlay jewelry.
That's where we come in. Mark Hileman of The Hileman Collection and Hileman Silver Jewelry has been creating remarkable Australian opal jewelry since 1974. We specialize in Australian opal inlay jewelry design and repair. We are experts in the lapidary field and can repair and restore most opal jewelry to like new condition. We can do inlay repair work on all the major inlay jewelry manufacturers such as Kabana, Nagalle, John Bagley, Mark Hileman and many others. We offer all of our services to the jewelry trade and directly to the consumer as well. Click here to find out how to get started!
Sorry, but we don't do:
Raised inlay repair
Doublet or triplet repair
Chip inlay or chip inlay repair
Faceted gemstone repair or re-cutting
Clock or watch face repair
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