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by Jesus Zabala - 3 min read

How to Fix Broken Jewelry

If you own and often wear jewelry, you will see some damage or wear and tear at some point. So, if you still want to wear that piece of jewelry, it is important to learn how to fix broken jewelry. 

Our goal is to teach you how to assess damage and repair jewelry. We will also provide a list of tools and materials needed to fix broken jewelry and mention the most common jewelry problems. If the damage can not be fixed at home, contact us at Jewelry Lab, and we will offer professional help.

Stay tuned!

How to Fix Broken Jewelry
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How to Fix Broken Jewelry

Your broken jewelry can be fixed at home, depending on the level of damage. You need to be patient and follow our tips on how to repair jewelry at home.

Assess the damage

Before fixing broken jewelry, you need to identify what kind of damage has occurred. The best is to look for any cracks, missing pieces, or missing parts. This will help you find out what tools and materials you will need.

For example, if the piece has cracks or chips, you should determine if it is possible to repair it. Some materials are impossible to glue back together, and it is best to leave them for a professional. In case of sharp edges, be careful to avoid injury.

Tools and materials

Once you have assessed the damage, you must determine the tools and materials required for fixing the jewelry. Here are some essential tools to have on hand:

  • Small pliers: These are useful for fixing clasps and adjusting chains.
  • Wire cutters: You will need these when dealing with wire wrapping. 
  • Epoxy glue: This is necessary for fixing broken pieces or attaching new parts.
  • Sandpaper: In some cases, you may need to smooth out the surface of the jewelry piece.
  • Jump rings: These are necessary for reattaching chains or attaching new findings.

You can find these tools easily online or at a local craft store. Be sure to choose high-quality tools for longer-lasting repair.

Bear in mind that each jewelry piece may require different materials. So, assess the damage and judge which tools and materials would achieve the best result.

Fixing Common Jewelry Problems

Fixing common jewelry problems can be done with a few simple steps. Here, we made a small step-by-step guide to fixing some of the most common jewelry issues, including broken clasps, bent prongs, and missing stones. Hence, follow our jewelry repair tips for fast and easy repair.

Fixing Common Jewelry Problems
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Broken clasps

  • Assess the damage: Check the broken clasp to see if it can be fixed or replaced.
  • Replace the clasp: If the clasp needs replacement, measure the length and type of the clasp needed. Buy a new clasp that matches the original one.
  • Remove the old clasp and attach the new one: Connect one end of the new clasp to the jewelry piece by using jump rings.
  • Secure the other end: Attach the other end of the clasp to the jewelry piece to complete the repair.

Bent prongs

  • Assess the damage: Check the bent prongs to see if you can get them back into position by yourself.
  • Gather the necessary tools: You will need small pliers, a jewelry hammer, and a clean cloth.
  • Straighten the prongs: The pliers can help you move the prongs back into their original position and secure them with the hammer.

Missing stone

  • Assess the damage: Check if you can replace the missing stone yourself.
  • Find a replacement stone: Get a stone that matches the missing one's color, shape, and size.
  • Clean the setting: Using a soft cloth, clean the setting of any dirt to prepare it for the new stone.
  • Secure the stone: Depending on the setting type, you may need to apply some epoxy glue or use prongs to hold the new stone in place. Allow for proper drying.
Missing stone
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We believe our advice on how to fix broken jewelry will help you prolong the lifespan of your favorite jewelry pieces. Remember to prepare with the right tools and materials once you assess the damage.

However, keep in mind if DIY jewelry repair is not enough for the damage, you can consult us if the damage needs professional help.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.