Protect your jewelry with a peace of mind
What to look for in a jewelry repair services?
Fine jewelry is susceptible to wear and tear, so always have your fine jewelry checked annually by your jeweler. It starts with trust and expertise, when considering having a ring, bracelet, necklace repaired. We believe you must have confidence in the skills and expertise of your jeweler.
At Dominic’s Fine Jewelry our on-staff trained jeweler has 35+ years of experience. Our jewelry repairs are performed in house. Of course, there are items- like timepieces-that may need to have repairs done off site.
When we take in item to be repaired DFJ values our customers jewelry that is why we give you a detailed receipt with the current condition of your item, a photo, and an detailed description. Following that we evaluate your item and give you a quote for the cost and time of the repair work. No work should be done without our customers permission.
Common Jewelry Repair Issues
In a good jewelry repair the repaired area has the same color, luster and appearance as the rest of the piece:
- No hammering or other tool marks are visible
- No visible seams from cutting and soldering, like in rings or chain repair
- Stones are tight and secure in their settings (channel, prongs, etc)
Resizing a Ring
If too loose or too tight, there are a few ways we can resize your ring:
- Cutting & soldering:A cut is made and metal is either added or removed to adjust the size to fit. Sizing should be done at the center of the shank bottom, unless there are quality marks or an inscription that precludes it. No seams should be visible when finished.
- Sizing beads:placed on the inside of the bottom of the shank, these accommodate slight discrepancies in size for a half size or less
- Spring inserts placed inside the shank adjusts to 1-2 full finger sizes. This can also help with ring spinning!
Do you experience your ring spinning?
We frequently get asked by our customers what the best solution is for rings that keep spinning on the finger. For those that experience this common issue, we suggest the U-shank.
Watch the video to see how this larger engagement ring doesn’t spin even with rapid motion!
- A U-shank acts like a sizing assistant. It is flexible, so as you slide your ring over your knuckle, the U-shank will open up then it will contract around the bottom of your finger for a snug, but comfortable fit.
- We make the U-shank out of the same material as your ring; typically, 14k or platinum. We roll out the material to form the U-Shank and install it on the inside of your ring.
- The U-shank is extremely comfortable and doesn’t interfere with the design of your ring and is unnoticeable when it’s on.
U-shanks start at $179 with the installation
A chain after being repaired is never as strong as it was before it was broken. While most flat chain repairs are nearly undetectable, if the chain is very small, lightweight or badly damaged, there may be some stiffness in surrounding links after the repair is completed. Chains that are more difficult to repair due to their complexities include link chains, like rope and cable chains, and herringbone chains. It also very common for the clasp such as your common lobster clasp mechanisms to break. Selecting a durable clasp that is also compatible with your chain is very important, our trained staff at Dominic’s can help you out with that!
Constant wear of rings can cause prongs to wear and the potential for losing a precious gemstone to increase. Something as simple as exposure to bedsheets or gardening can affect prong strength. Depending on the severity of the prong wear, they will be replaced, re-tipped by adding a metal to the top of the prong, or replacing the entire prong head. When repaired, prongs match in size, shape and dimension. They should completely go over the crown of the stone, ensuring prongs won’t snag clothing.
Jewelry Repair FAQs
How can I tell if my gemstone or diamond is loose?
In between your regular check-ups at your preferred jewelry store, you can check for loose gemstones by touching them with a toothpick. If the stone moves, bring it to your jeweler for tightening.
How often should I get my ring cleaned and inspected?
We suggest every 3-6 months! This is very important to ensure that no stones are loose in your jewelry. At Dominic’s Fine Jewelry we offer complimentary cleaning and inspection. We do recommend to polish only every 6 months.
My diamond is chipped, can it be repaired?
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to repair a chipped diamond. This is often a shock considering diamonds are one of the hardest materials on earth. However, if hit or dropped on the right angle it can splinter. If this happens, the diamond will have to be replaced, unless it is large enough to be recut. Make sure your jewelry insurance policy covers chipped diamonds in addition to loss.
Protect your jewelry & watch with our care plan!
Your jewelry is eligible for our special jewelry care plan!
Our care plan means you don't have to worry about damaging your jewelry. You will be protected against cosmetic and mechanical breakdown on watches as well as the inconvenience of wear and tear on jewelry.
Our plan includes:
- accent missing stones
- rhodium plating
- sizing and much more!
Eligible jewelry & watches can be any items that you own, it did not have to purchased from Dominic's.
Read below to find out what our jewelry care plan includes: