I have boxes full of jewellery and clothes that I’ve set aside for repairs because I want to be a good citizen and reuse as many things as I can. I come across these boxes every year as part of spring cleaning. And every year, I realize that it would take years and/or truckloads of money to fix all of these things. So this spring, I selected three things to have fixed by pros. I also set aside some repair projects that I could do myself (more about that in a separate post). The rest will sold off as scrap/crafting supplies.
The first save — the made in China jade and silver repousse bangle pictured above — is more of an investment. I got this pre-communist export bracelet from a bag of broken jewellery. The clasp was broken. I took it and the made in Mexico, four leaf clover ring to Dang Jewellery and they did an amazing work on my broke beauties — you basically cannot see the soldering needed to make these pieces wearable again.
And finally, the battery on my Tissot Rock watch leaked and damaged the guts of the quartz movement. I took it to the Swatch group repair place on Richmond to get this Grail watch working again. As part of its refresh it was also fitted with a new gasket and crown.
Jewellery and watch repairs can be cheap. Flea markets abound with bench jewellers who can do inexpensive on-the-spot mending. But these types of bangles are quite collectible, so I invested a little extra in restoration to increase the resale value.
The Rock watch has a smaller resale value but it’s also a piece I’ve been looking for forever I didn’t pay very much for it. So taking it to the mothership for repair ends up costing what I would have paid for it from a dealer. Plus the official paperwork adds to the provenance. They also gave me a nice case and I got to talk watches with the folks at Swatch Canada when I dropped it off and picked it up.