Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/BRACELET "REPAIR"

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Hi there I had a quick question. My boyfriend bought me a very gorgeous trinket bracelet in silver and it has the little silver rings that hold the trinkets and brackets on to it well he bought it for me for Christmas and I've already had to pinch two of the rings back together is there any way i can glue they to stay or that i can solder them? or should i take it to a jeweler and have them do it? I love this bracelet please help me :)
thanks meghan

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Dear Meghan,

I am glad you got such a nice Christmas present. I generally do not recommend glue on the rings but it might be a choice in this case.  First, I do recommend a jeweler be seen. Unfortunately, the cost of soldering the rings(jewelers call these jump rings) is likely to run into a relatively costly thing to do.  Have a jeweler look at it and ask if they have stronger rings they can put on the bracelet to replace the original ones, if the original ones are not strong and will pull open easily. Stronger rings will do ok without soldering.  If the original rings are strong enough, it is possible when put together the person putting on the rings did not close each ring tightly enough. If this is the case, ask the jeweler to tighten all the jump rings.  

Although it might not help very much, if you will feel better with a touch of cement get some super glue gel, the thicker kind of super glue. Put a very tiny drop on the joint of the ends of each jump ring.  The cement should run into the joint and might help hold the ring together. The secret is a tight and close fitting joint in the first place for the cement to help much.  Go slowly with this job and do a few and let the cement cure then do more. You do not want the cement to touch anything but the ring is it placed on, otherwise you will have a true mess. Try one ring only to start and see how it looks before going on to do the others. Try to hang the bracelet someway or support it stretched out to do the work with the rings in the air and not touching other things.  Again, only a small drop is needed. Cement which is on the outside does not glue anything together and what runs between the two ring ends is the important part.

Meghan, I do hope this helps. Do enjoy you bracelet and I wish both of you a very wonderful New Year.  God Bless and Peace.  Thomas.

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Have a question about jewelry repair or working with precious metal jewelry and gemstones? For many years up to December 31, 2010, I was a working professional bench jeweler, involved everyday with setting stones in mountings, designing and making jewelry, repairing and limited custom manufacture. If you work with jewelry as a hobby or as a profession, I might be able to help. I deal with the retail business, not mass production. Ask privately if you wish. See the box for that: It keeps your question between us. Please DO NOT ask MAKER'S MARKS, but metal quality marks are fine to ask. Please DO NOT ask diamond prices. See a gemologist for that.

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I have extensive experience in design, service and making of jewelry. I deal mostly with precious metals and gemstones but work with many materials as needed and usable to create an artistic design. My experience also includes freelance photography and photographer of jewelry and similar items for a former employer and individuals. Design of custom items requires reading the desires of the client and being clear on what can be done within that framework...then fulfilling the transition of idea to reality. Effective communications is essential in a working designer/producer and customer relationship.

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Education is English/Physics! Started in human resources, to advertising, to jewelry...wow, what a road. I have had formal training in jewelry work and many shared experiences with top grade jewelers. We just never know were we will go or be. Follow your best, your dreams, with some discretion! Don't let the work tear up your body along the way as it has mine.

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