When it comes to jewelry repair quality work equals quality craftsmanship. Experience and certification is the only way to ensure high quality results. Only take your repairs to a trained and certified jewelry repair professional. Certifications to look for include:
- Certified Diamond Cutter
- Certified Jewelry Repair and Design Technician
- Master Goldsmith
- Certified Goldsmiths
- ASJ Cert. Bench Jeweler
- ASJ Cert. Jeweler Technician
- GIA Certified Diamond Expert
- GIA Graduate Gemologist
An experienced jeweler has the knowledge and capabilities to perform quality repairs leaving little or no evidence of a repair. A seasoned craftsman has acquired their skills through years of experience with repair work and has the certifications verifying their abilities.
Look for repair shops that perform all repairs on site. Most reputable repair shops even perform repairs in view of clients. Some repairs are more intricate requiring additional concentration; in this case the jeweler may choose to do the repair out of sight. Some artisan’s prefer to work in a separate space entirely allowing them the full concentration needed to perform such tasks. Having the opportunity to speak directly with the jeweler doing the repair allows for clear communication with no third party miscommunication on the work to be done. Either way work being performed onsite in view or in a jeweler’s private space is the best way to ensure quality repair work.
Trustworthy repair shops will always be straight forward and honest. Never claiming more than what is possible. In giving quotes a price book should be on hand that will cover every feasible repair. This guarantees fair and honest pricing. Upon thorough inspection of an item in need of repair a quote will be written with documentation of work agreed upon. Clear straight forward quotes will be given leaving no element of surprise when picking up a piece. If for some reason additional work does arise during the repair process the client will be contacted to approve the new work.