Ugh, I have read posts where Orchidians have commented upon the
dirty condition of some of the jewelry they are asked to repair. I
thought they were exaggerating. Well, I now know differently. I sold
a pair of pearls to a customer, and two weeks later she called to
tell me she had broken the clasp, and wanted me to fix them. She
brought them to me and I could see where the clasp was crushed. Now
how she could crush a lobster clasp is beyond me, but crushed it is.
I made no comment, but agreed to provide a new clasp,—which meant
restringing and knotting the pearls as I use closed jump rings, and
French coils. She also brought a sterling chain that she had managed
to break, and I agreed to repair it—even though she had not
purchased it from me. She is a very good customer, and, I don’t mind
doing these repairs at no charge.
However what really horrified me was the crud and dried makeup on
the chain, and also on the pearls which she only had for two weeks.
Ugh. I will put the chain in the ultrasonic, but will have to clean
the pearls with gentle detergent, a soft tooth brush and warm water.
So, my apologies to all of you who I thought were exaggerating when
you complained about the sorry state of some of the jewelry they
have been asked to repair.