Damaged Australian opal ring with many chipped, cracked and broken out pieces.
The Hileman Collection, LLC
Mark Hileman began making jewelry in 1974 and is best known for his outstanding Australian opal jewelry designs. Mark's jewelry designs have been sold in upscale galleries, fine jewelry stores and high end department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.
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Eventually everyone will need repairs done to their opal inlay jewelry, whether the damage is from everyday wear and tear or from a one time accident. The important thing is to get your opal jewelry repaired as soon as possible. Wearing your jewelry in a damaged state, especially opal inlay rings, will only lead to bigger and more expensive inlay 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 opal inlay 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 gemstones coming loose. Channel set stones may loosen over time and should be checked 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 to a local jeweler and have them take a look at it under magnification. If your inlay jewelry needs repair, return it to a professional lapidary for repairs. Most jewelers are not experts in lapidary work and do not have the materials on hand to repair your special inlay jewelry. Avoid any potential headaches, overcharging and damage to your 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 (including opal inlay rings) 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!
Repaired Australian opal ring. Good as new!
We are opal inlay repair experts and can repair most inlay jewelry. We have been creating our own line of inlay jewelry since 1974 and have the equipment, materials and skills to restore and repair your inlay jewelry to like new condition. We specialize in opal inlay repair but can repair many other types of inlay materials.