Earlier in the summer we received an email request from a customer who we meet in our store last year. Chris had a silver filigree bracelet that needed some repair work, and if possible an extension made so that she could wear it – without the extension the bracelet would be repaired for her daughter to wear.
Chris sent us some images of the bracelet and we sent each other a few emails talking about the work that needed to be done and working out a price for the work. Approximately two weeks later the bracelet arrived in the post from Australia.
A closer inspection revealed more repairs were necessary than we originally thought and we emailed Chris about this and were given the go ahead to do all that we thought the bracelet needed to fully restore it.
The first part in the repair process was repairing and replacing the central beads of each segment, three pieces were missing and we thought it would be best to replace all 6 beads.
Initial repair work, centre of each segment has been replaced.
After the damaged pieces were repaired Doka then started working on the required extension. The bracelet needed to be 2.5cm longer than it had been. The original segments, as seen above, are 3cm long so we decided to recreate the original design in a slightly smaller frame.
Creating the matching segment on slightly smaller scale.
New pins were created to fit between each of the hinged segments and finally a new catch was created, then all the pieces were cleaned and polished.
We sent a few ‘work in progress’ photos to Chris as the repair progressed but saved the complete work for a live inspection here in our Korcula store – Chris enjoyed Korcula and her 2012 painting tour with Slikamilina Painting Tours so much that she returned to Korcula this year for more painting.
Here is the completed bracelet;
The completed bracelet, polished and ready to be worn and admired.
Chris was overwhelmed, literally – there was a tear in her eye and many thanks offered to Doka for all his work.
It’s amazing, I can’t believe it, it’s like new, thank you so much.
I wish we could have recorded her response on first seeing the bracelet – one of our best customer reactions to date!
We learnt a little more of the history of the bracelet from Chris – her Dad brought it for her during the second World War and it was given to her when she was 18 years old. She wore it constantly while she was at University and even used a safety-pin for a catch when her original catch broke!
Chris left the store this morning wearing her fully restored bracelet and she was so happy, we said our goodbyes at the door and I watched her walking down the street – I don’t think she took her eyes off her ‘new’ bracelet.