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    June 28, 2016
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    Repair or replace broken jewelry

    There is nothing more frustrating than finding that a treasured piece of jewelry is broken. First, it is important that you secure the item. You do not want to lose anything—after all, while a broken necklace is bad, one that is missing pieces is a much bigger problem. After you have done this, you have a big decision. Will you have your piece repaired, by a jeweler, or will you replace it with something new? We’ve put together a list of benefits to both options. Perhaps this will make the decision a little easier for you.

    Repair Your Broken Piece

    What are the benefits of repairing broken jewelry? Consider the following.

    It may be cheaper

    While there is a cost associated with jewelry repair, the cost will usually be less than replacing a piece. If money is a serious concern, repairing might be the right choice.

    Ideal for non-replaceable items

    If you have a piece that could not be replaced (for instance, if it is no longer being made), repairing is your only option. Spending extra for a high-end repair job is likely well worth the cost.

    Retain a sentimental piece

    Even if you have a piece you could replace, there are certain items that you may want to keep forever. For instance, an engagement ring may have more sentimental value than actual value—necessitating a repair.

    Replace with a New Item

    While there are benefits to repairing some jewelry items, it is not always the right choice. Consider the advantages of replacing a broken piece, instead of repairing.

    You can upgrade

    Instead of just replacing with the same item, you could replace with updated or higher-quality item. Upgrading may help prevent future damage.

    The cost difference may be negligible

    Once you factor in the money you obtain when you sell the broken piece, the cost of replacement may not be that significant. It’s worth investigating.

    Often, its faster

    If you need a piece of jewelry for a big event, you might not have time to wait for a repair. It is likely faster to have the item replaced.

    As you can see, both options have their benefits. Deciding what to do with your broken piece of jewelry comes down to determining the intrinsic value of the item. If the ring, necklace or bracelet is something that you treasure for sentimental reasons, you may find that the cost to repair is well worth the price. However, if the piece is something that is replaceable, it might make better economic sense to sell the broken item and purchase a new piece.

    If you do sell an old piece of jewelry, whether it is broken or in good repair, make sure you work with a trusted diamond buyer in New York. Roy Herzl Fine Diamonds in New York is a premier buyer of estate jewelry and other beautiful pieces. Our team of experts would be happy to discuss purchasing your piece and help assure that you get the best possible price. Give us a call or stop by our store today. We look forward to serving you.


    We are interested in all kinds of precious jewelry, particularly diamonds of a carat or more. Please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.

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