Catastrophe? Not So Fast!

As a top-notch repair shop we get some real challenges in the mail. One fine example is this Calvin Begay bracelet. This inlaid heavy shank bracelet took quite a hit–hard enough to warp and mangle the silver and pop out several of the stones. When Diane saw the pictures her first question to the customer was, “is his wrist ok?” The customer caught it on a piece of falling luggage (isn’t traveling wonderful?) and the damage was done. The heavy silver is tough to bend like that in the first place, and the precision set stones aren’t easily set either. In this case many shops probably would have simply said, “I’m sorry, there’s no hope for it.” Recrafting a bracelet like this is no easy feat. Fortunately Sam Gray is no stranger to inlay repair.
Sam’s years of experience and skill transformed this piece from a somewhat worn and very mangled mess into a bracelet that looks like it was made yesterday. Now for the challenge! Can you tell which end was mangled?
If your jewelry is ready for the graveyard, call us first. Or stop by and see us in Old Town Scottsdale–we can get you estimates and quotes quickly and easily. We specialize in native american jewelry CPR!

 

It takes a lot of force to bend a bracelet like this! Catching an edge like this can be painful!

It takes a lot of force to bend a bracelet like this! Catching an edge like this can be painful!

What a mess! This Calvin Begay bracelet is definitely having a bad day!

What a mess! This Calvin Begay bracelet is definitely having a bad day!

 

We believe in the old adage: leave it better than you found it.

We believe in the old adage: leave it better than you found it.

Notice the symmetry and curves are restored to normal.

Notice the symmetry and curves are restored to normal.

As good as new--quite literally!

As good as new–quite literally!

by oldtownjewels

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