Watch maintenance can be troublesome if the watch has gotten salt water or other debris inside of it. If that hasn’t happened, consider how much time the watch gains or loses per day. If it’s running fast or slow – say by 10 seconds or more a day – it might be good to have it checked by a jeweler.
Professional jewelers can perform what’s called “regulating” the watch. The simple definition is that we “listen” to the using a machine the senses the vibrations within the watch to calibrate it’s timing mechanism.
If the watch is manually set, they are more prone to gain or lose time more regularly. Thus, if you notice any increases in the loss or gain, you might want to have it serviced.
Also, if the watch needs the exterior cleaned, bring it in for a surface cleaning.
Cleaning and maintenance costs vary by brand, style, age, and more. So, speak with a jeweler that works with the type of watch you have or may have recently inherited before ever cracking the seal yourself.
Great question! Most people don’t realize they need to have this done until they have lost a stone or piece of the jewelery.
A good rule of thumb is to get the prongs checked around your anniversary date, or the a date the you’ll easily remember, like your birthday.
Rings are especially problematic because they are worn on your hands and get bumped, hit, snagged, and possibly taken off multiple times per day. Even one worn or broken prong can cause a stone to loosen and potentially fall out.
Just to be safe, visit your family or local jeweler for an inspection. Most reputable jewelers won’t charge you anything to look at the prongs. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the jeweler, get a second opinion before getting the jewelery adjusted.
When it comes to any jewelery repairs, be sure of the following:
- The jeweler has experience working with the design style, metals, and stones in the piece you’ve presented.
- They check the prongs while you’re there so you can see them inspect the piece and with, at least, the standard equipment — a loupe.
- If the piece is obviously missing a prong, or the prong is damaged, if you have the original stone, bring it as well.
- If you do not have the original stones — maybe you inherited a piece and it’s missing some stones — you should ask about matching stone colors and the costs associated before having any work done.
- If the piece has certain quality metals, ask how the jeweler will match the metals, especially if the piece is older.
- Ask about the how the changes may impact any insurance or estimates you may have on the piece.
Feel free to stop in if you want to have the prongs checked on your jewelry. We can provide you with an estimate of any updates should be made and walk you through the process.
I recently inherited several estate pieces from my grandparents. I’m unsure what to do with them?
The first step we would recommend is to visit your family jeweler to get an estimate of the piece(s) value. If you do not have a family jeweler, consider visiting a couple jewelers to get an estimate from each to see how they value the pieces.
Once the estimated value is established, you will have a better idea of what to do with the pieces. You might want to:
- Keep the pieces in the family and pass them from generation to generation. In some cases, jewelry comes back into style. So keeping a quality piece is generally a good choice.
- Sell the piece for scrap. Based on today’s market value for silver and gold, you may get a good return if the piece was made of quality metals and includes valuable stones.
- Resell the piece with an jeweler who specializes in estate jewelry sales.
- Reset the piece into a style more fitting to your personality.
In the end, working with a skilled jeweler who can help you make the right decision is what matters.
Remember, take some time to think about your decision before making it. Family heirlooms often come with an emotional story that you may one day miss if you’ve decided to sell.
Visit us to learn more about estate jewelery and your options when it comes to inheriting pieces from others.