As a lurker and amateur jewelery maker, I truly appreciate this list!
My wife has a turquoise and silver earring with the post broken off.
I've silver soldered, but I'm not going to work on this one - the
turquoise is probably the ground and glued variety, and all four
small turquoise cabs need to be removed before it is soldered, then
replaced. The item is a native American piece about 20 odd years
old, sentimental but not expensive, and I'd like to fix it for the
lady that makes my life worthwhile. I'm in Portland Oregon - are
there any list members or recommendations of a jeweler that would be
good at this, in my area? Or, would one of you be willing to work on
this via mail/UPS/FedX etc? We have already had one much nicer piece
destroyed by a "repairman" that refused to remove the stone before he
ruined it, and we don't want that experience again, especially with
the less stable glued turquoise. Other than that, I'm not about to
tell someone how to do something they know more about than I do. Off
list is probably the best,