What are the Common Techniques for Repairing Jewelry?

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Jewelry is an essential part of a glamorous outfit. If you wear it daily, though, it is prone to damage. When that happens, Salt Lake City’s AAA Jewelers suggests not letting your precious trinkets gather dust in the drawer, and instead, take it in for jewelry repair.

It’s essential to get a jeweler you trust since repairs differ in quality and complexity. You’ll want to go with a jewelry store that uses various innovative techniques to restore the beauty of your pieces. Here are some that jewelers use today:

Computer Aid Manufacturing/Designing Programs (CAM/CAD)

The equipment used in CAM/CAD jewelry repair allows a heightened level of precision. It provides your jeweler with a clear view of the imperfections in your broken jewelry and creates a model of your repair. This provides your jeweler with an accurate design for the repair before carrying it out.

Laser Welding

Laser welding enables jewelers to reconstruct your jewelry with a high degree of accuracy. It also negates the need for your jeweler to remove any precious stone in your jewelry from its setting to carry out repairs. The seamless fusion offered by laser welding gives a clear finish to the repair, which is mostly invisible to an inexperienced eye.

Wax Milling

This technique allows a jeweler to model a precise outline of your jewelry which guides its repair. Most jewelers use a combination of hand-carved and machine-carved wax patterns to guide them. New CNC milling machines can translate CAD/CAM data into separate commands and carve them into a jeweler’s wax.  So the machines are sometimes used in combination with a CAD/CAM machine.

You need not wait for your jewelry to break before you to take it to the jewelers. You can arrange a bi-annual inspection and cleaning to prevent damage. These routine inspections also help to detect any minor imperfections and repair them before your jewelry gets broken.