Silver Jewelry Repairs & Polishing

Silver American Indian Jewelry with turquoise is updated for a more modern look.

Silver Native American Bracelet Updated for a modern appearance.

This silver Native American Indian bracelet with turquoise was inherited by the client, but it was not a style she felt comfortable wearing. The goal was to remove the decorative elements on the side so that this silver bracelet would have a more modern appearance keeping it's sentimental value.  (The bracelet did not have a maker's mark.)

silver Tibetan tribal necklace polished

Polishing Silver jewelry

This Tibetan necklace arrived with a dark film of grime and tarnish. Instead of giving this a high polish, I spend time removing grime in the crevices and a soft polished finish appropriate to the age and origin of this ethnic jewelry. The customer said, “And the necklace! I first saw that necklace in 1976, and I don't believe in all those years it ever looked as lovely as it does now.” 

sterling silver cast and filigree cross repaired rosary

Sterling silver cast and filigree cross on rosary

This cross arrived broken in two pieces. The center is a fine network of cast silver and filigree wires. It required 10x magnification to repair the wires, one at a time.

Sterling silver jewelry vintage charm bracelet with charm to add.

Vintage Silver Charm Bracelet

This vintage sterling silver charm bracelet was a classic mid-20th century fashion accessory. One of the charms needed to be attached. Every jump ring should be soldered to avoid losing an irreplaceable charm.

Sterling silver cufflinks were repaired back view


Repairing these sterling silver cuff links included a risk to the stones. Neither the stones or the cuff link mechanism can tolerate heat.  It turned out great, but I always need to explain the risks to the customer.

The challenges of Sterling Silver Jewelry

Repairing sterling silver jewelry always presents unique challenges.  Working on sterling silver is more difficult than working with gold. Most jewelry stores will not even touch silver jewelry. 

If a repair on sterling silver jewelry can be done, I can do it, however, difficulties with repairing sterling jewelry include a risk to the stones, heat transfer when soldering silver, and Rhodium plating. Sometimes, I can come up with innovative solutions to circumvent the problems in repairing sterling silver jewelry.  I do have a state-of-the-art welder which is perfect for repairing sterling silver jewelry, but nothing about sterling silver jewelry is easy.

An additional concern is that a lot of sterling silver jewelry is inexpensive costume jewelry  or made in third world countries at third world labor prices.  In contrast, when I am working on your silver jewelry,  it is a one-o-a-kind custom work requiring skill and experience. It is not uncommon that repairing sterling silver jewelry exceeds the original purchase price.

Please send me a photo of your silver jewelry, and we can discuss repair options. I can not provide estimates for repairs over the phone.