Jewellery Services

Repairs

Ring Resizing

Jewellery Reconditioning

Jewellery Remodelling

We can help you if you have a piece of jewellery that requires a little TLC or a resize, however if your jewellery was recently purchased (within the last 12 months) it is recommended you return to where it was purchased.

As you can see from the images below often I can help with non jewellery items too.

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Remodelled gold jewellery from old unworn pieces

Remodelled gold jewellery from old unworn pieces

18k yellow gold earrings and ring displayed in box

18k yellow gold diamond ring

18k yellow gold diamond ring

Finished 18k yellow gold ring crafted from old unworn and sentimental gold jewellery. Diamonds from clients original jewellery.

18k gold opal and diamond ring

18k gold opal and diamond ring

Finished 18k yellow gold ring with granulation detail and diamonds and opal. Hand crafted from the clients old unworn and sentimental gold jewellery. Diamonds and opal from clients original jewellery. The opal was cut from an old piece of opal that had cracked the client wanted to use as much of the remaining opal as she could.

18k stacking rings worn on model

18k stacking rings worn on model

Both sets of rings worn together as per design agreed by the client. All diamonds and part of the recut opal was used in this ring along with all her gold from her original jewellery

An alternative way to wear the rings

An alternative way to wear the rings

The stacking rings are beautifully versatile in that the rings can be worn in many combinations together and can be worn on their own also.

18k gold drops with opal and diamonds

18k gold drops with opal and diamonds

These 18k gold earrings were also crafted from the same old jewellery we melted down to create the rings. The diamonds again were reused from the original and the opals cut from the same opal used in the ring.

bench shot of stacking rings

bench shot of stacking rings

stacking rings on my bench after setting and polishing

Setting diamonds into the ring

Setting diamonds into the ring

A closeup shot of me preparing the seat to set a diamond in the ring.

Process image

Process image

An image of the unfinished rings in progress on my benchpeg

Work in progress Vanessa Miller Jewellery

Work in progress Vanessa Miller Jewellery

A photo of the 18k earrings soldered together and ready for stones to be set.

Photo of soldering the ear wire to an earring

Photo of soldering the ear wire to an earring

This is a photo of the earwire being prepared for soldering to the earring

18k yellow gold earring parts

18k yellow gold earring parts

All the components of the earring to be fitted together.

Bezel cups for the opals

Bezel cups for the opals

Pierced out bezel cups in 18k gold. Once soldered to its components these will take the triangular/shield shape opals for the earrings

Opals and bezel cups

Opals and bezel cups

18k bezel cups in process of being cut from the sheet soldered to.

Shaping the wire

Shaping the wire

Here we are rolling down the gold wire ready to be drawn down through a drawplate and forged with hammers to shape further and make various components, here I am creating the shank of one of the rings.

18k ingot

18k ingot

Once melted in the crucible the molten liquid gold metal is poured into a mould ready for us to forge into shape.

Old gold pendant being recarrated

Old gold pendant being recarrated

As the final items of jewellery is to be 18k gold. I needed to recarat the old jewellery. So after checking the purity of the gold from the pendant and calculating the quantity of pure gold required to recarat the pendant was melted in a crucible and recarated from 14k to 18k.

Old ring melted in crucible

Old ring melted in crucible

The old ring was checked for purity and I calculated the quantity of pure gold required to recarat the metal from 9ct to 18k yellow gold. As the new pieces were to be made in 18k

A lovely detailed silver ring set with labradorite was brought into the workshop for adaptation from a ring into a pendant.

Side view of ring

Back view of ring

Using my piercing saw I removed the shank from the head of the ring

Then I cut a small section from the shank again using my jewellers saw.

The small section was then turned into a bale (loop to allow a chain to pass through) using heat to soften the metal and pliers to form the loop. The bale was then soldered and filed to shape before a connecting look cut and laserwelded into position.

The reverse of the finished pendant

The finished pendant oxidised and lightly polished with bale

The completed pendant

Transformed from ring to pendant.

An interesting silver ring sent in for modification.

Reverse of the ring showing remnants of a paint that had been applied to the stone to make the stone appear dark.

The stone has been carefully removed and the stone and ring cleaned of the peeling paint.

A backplate has been pierced from silver (seen here with its blue protective cover to the right of the ring) this will be shaped to the contour of the stone and soldered in place.

Here is the finished ring; polished, its black patina applied using an oxidising solution before the stone was returned to its mount and set.

Repair: Brass Draw Handles

Repair: Brass Draw Handles

Brass draw handles repaired and refinished

Brass handles repaired and ready for finishing

Brass handles pre (left) and post (right) finish

Brass handles brought into the workshop for repair

18kt gold wedding ring resized and polished

A section is cut with fine blade

Ring is ready to be shaped and soldered closed

Wedding ring polished to a mirror finished

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