You have a piece of jewellery that you love. So much so you have worn it to death. Literally. And now you have to make the tough decision – do you have it repaired? Or retire it to the ‘jewellery of days gone by” collection in the back of your dresser. Well, don’t despair. Damaged jewellery is no longer just a choice between repair or disposal. There is another option. Salvaging your jewellery and repurposing it into a new, fresh design is a very popular choice. Rather than leaving it broken and left to languish. But what is the best way to go? Jewellery repairs or custom jewellery? Both allow you to retain the sentimental value your piece may hold, so it will come down to a few considerations as to which option may be the most appropriate. Extent of the damage A major factor in your decision to repair or repurpose your treasured jewellery will be based on the damage. This includes how badly your piece is broken, where it’s broken, and what needs to be done to fix it. A master jeweller can repair almost any damage or reconstruct/replace cracked or missing parts, but there comes a point where you will need to weigh up if jewellery repairs are worth it. If your piece is significantly damaged and requires considerable work to restore, you should think about the value in repairing it. Does it hold emotional significance? Also, how much did the piece cost originally? It may turn out that a custom creation using the salvageable components from your well-loved but defunct jewellery is the most logical option. Your jewellery budget Jewellery repairs can be expensive. Depending on what parts need fixing/replacing, the price can soar. However, if your piece is a high value, high quality item, the cost may be well worth the investment. Replacing this type of jewellery can be near impossible, especially if the item was a unique creation or a family heirloom. In these instances, jewellery repairs are by far the best choice. Preventative care Whether you choose to have your jewellery repaired or remodel/replace it with a custom piece, you should take steps to protect your item. Proper care and regular maintenance can help prevent everyday wear and tear turning into something more destructive. Having your jewellery checked by a master jeweller consistently extends the life and longevity of your piece. Making sure any scratches, cracks, or loose stones are identified and repaired will allow you to enjoy your precious piece for many years to come. Expert jewellery repairs Catanach’s Jewellers offer the most experienced and skilled jewellery repairs in Melbourne. Our master jewellers will work closely with you to restore your favourite piece back to its former glory. Alternatively, we can consult on a completely unique custom piece, designed to meet your specific desires. We deliver hand-crafted styles using the highest quality materials sourced from all across the globe. Catanach’s is dedicated to helping you rediscover the beauty of your jewellery, or creating the piece of your dreams. Contact Catanach’s today to discuss your jewellery needs and put the future of your jewellery in the hands of experts.