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Hello

I have a much loved bangle that is new which is hinged, it was bought for me by someone special and I adore it but sadly it is too small. Would a jeweller be able to add some silver to the bangle at all to make it bigger?I think its about 6 in diameter and I need a 7 or 7.5,
Would really appreciate some advice
Many thanks
Rose.

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Dear Rose, there are conditions involved in adding length to a bangle bracelet. If the bangle is hollow with a built in clasp, extending would possibly include adding a section of another bangle by installing suitable fastener ends to a cut out section of the second bangle which must be purchased for this purpose.  If the bangle is solid metal, a piece of silver stock of the same diameter and form may be curved, cut and added to your original bracelet. Generally the neatest way to do this is add the new section to the hinge and it also becomes a hinged section.  However, the extra section must be rather long and is possibly best added by putting clasp ends on it so it goes between the present clasp ends to extend the bangle.

The circumstance or distance around a 6" bangle compared to a 7.5" one is about 4.5 inches. That is a pretty long piece to add and have all fit and hang properly on the wrist.

When speaking to a jeweler, ask if the bangle is plated with an anti-tarnish metal such as rhodium or some sort of simulated rhodium. If so, all of that must be removed prior to doing any soldering work to join clasps or bracelet sections otherwise the metal look spotty with dark areas.  This work is complicated regardless and may be fairly costly. Rose, I have to tell it honestly and you might find after speaking with a jeweler that the work should not be done.


Now, even with that news, I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and Blessed new year.  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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