Brooch Wire and Chain
Estimate only - Due to
the wide variety of metals, styles, stones and finishes
we recommend that, in most cases, it is best to send the brooch
in for a free of charge estimate before any work is carried out. If
the brooch is made of a precious metal only (gold, silver or platinum)
and not stone set most work can be carried
out. If the broken parts cannot be repaired they
are removed. The replacement section is made and soldered
back in to position. Pins and safety chains can normally
be replaced without interfering with other parts. If
the brooch is stone set then depending on the condition
of the setting and the types of stones (a lot of brooches
are set with pearls for example soldering can
be very difficult. Some costume jewellery can be repaired
, new pins can be fitted, but most cannot
be soldered. The metal is very soft and often
the stones are glass and cannot be heated.
The most common style is
a revolving clasp. All catches will need soldering to fit onto
a brooch and the issues raised above need to be considered.
Pins and Hinges -The pin of a brooch is normally made of
a hardened wire, this stops it from bending and gives it more
spring. They are usually held on to the brooch by a hinge
and riveted into position. Sometimes the hinge also can be
worn and needs replacing , this can cause problems so it is
always best to look carefully at the condition of the hinge
before quoting for a pin only . The golden rule is if in any
doubt send for a free of charge estimate.
Safety Chains - Usually held on to a brooch by a small jump ring or eyelet. If this has worn away , depending on the brooch they can be resoldered taking into account the design as discussed above. If soldering is a problem we can get around this by soldering an eyelet on to the hinge end of a pin .The other possibility is to wrap the jump ring end of the safety chain around part of the brooch if the design allows this option.