I need a little help. A customer has brought me some repairs to tax
my brain, and as I am ignorant as regards the subject of "gem repair"
I turn to you all for enlightenment.
Problem 1. A silver bangle, handmade in Kenya with a large cab stone
which I believe to be Malachite, the stone, 30 x20x9, has broken along
the grain and is now in two parts. The stone was originally glued in
place and had a piece of wire going over it , as decoration,
diagonally, about one thirds way from the top.
Is it possible to stick the stone back together? What type of glue
should I use? Is it possible to color the glue so that it can hide
some of the chipped areas?
Problem 2. A very ornate silver filigree torque bangle, hand made in
Saudi Arabia, It is about 25mm wide and originally made a complete
circle meeting in two opposing arcs, the owner found it difficult to
put on and gave it to someone to put a hinge in it. Boy what a hatchet
job!!! They cut the bangle in half and soldered in a rectangular
section tube hinge, all held together with a rectangular pin. The
soldering very poor and some sections of filigree are missing. The end
result is a bangle that is almost impossible to put on.
I realize that part of the solution is to replace the rectangular
section with round section tubing and to fit a rivet rather than a
pin. How do I make the hinge so that the bangle will stay closed, Is
there some way of incorporating a spring into the hinge to keep it
shut. It would need to be light enough to be able to put on easily and
yet heavy enough to allow the bangle to be worn with confidence.
Any and all ideas would be greatly appreciated.
While I am on the subject of springs, can you buy/make the springs
that are used in lobster catches (also called trigger catches or
parrot catches). I get these in to repair and usually have to replace
the complete catch, all because of a little piece of broken wire.
Seems a bit of a waste really.
Sorry for going on a bit, but when your in the flow…ya just gotta
let it rip.