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We all love antiques, and for many women, the ultimate diamond engagement ring is one that holds antique status. Should you ever need to have an antique diamond engagement ring repaired or restored, you are advised to proceed with the utmost care. An antique diamond ring is indeed a very valuable asset, and with that in mind, here are a few tips on repairing & restoring an antique diamond engagement ring.

  • Define the Scope of the Work – This is the very first step, and you need to decide whether to restore the ring or simply repair a section of it. If you are at all unsure, Kalmar Antiques showcases antique engagement rings in Sydney and they would be happy to advise you on all aspects of repair and restoration, and can also carry out the work to a very high standard.
  • Resist the Urge to Do it Yourself – Unless you happen to be a highly skilled jeweller, this is something to leave to the experts, and with such a high value item, you simply can’t afford to take any chances. Fortunately, we have the Internet, and an online search is all it takes to locate an expert offering antique jewellery restoration. You can send them a few hi-res images and they would be able to give you a professional opinion on the best way to move forward. There’s also nothing wrong with giving the ring a good clean, and with that in mind, there is an article online that offers useful information on cleaning a diamond engagement ring.

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  • The Difference Between Restore & Repair – There are slight differences, as a repair is basically to fix an issue, while restoration means to turn the ring back to its original condition. An expert can tell you whether you need a repair or a restoration, and using the right materials is, of course, paramount.
  • Consult a Professional – There’s little point in talking to a regular jeweller, although he will probably say he can do the work, then he would outsource it, which means you end up paying a little more than you should. However, there are also antique dealers who have a specialist that specifically does repairs and restorations for antique jewellery, and they can easily be located with an online search.

Protecting your Investment

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If someone unqualified works on the ring, it is likely to reduce its value, and with such a highly valued item, it makes sense to approach someone who really knows their stuff. Not only can you be sure the work will be first class, the expert can also give you good advice on the scope of the work.

It might be that the prongs need replacing, or that the ring is generally in bad condition and needs a thorough clean before tackling any issues, which is something an expert can tell you. Once the ring has been restored, you should care for it as recommended by the expert, and with regular cleaning, your asset will appreciate in value over the years. Obviously, the ring will have great sentimental value, which is another reason to handle it with tender loving care.