Antique Jewelery Restoration ~ A Platinum Necklace

 

We are often called upon to repair the mistakes and damage done by Jewelers and past owners of antiques the pendant is what we refer to as a marriage. Two pieces from different styles, age and materials have been badly combined to create one piece that is unwearable.

 

 

We are often called upon to repair the mistakes and damage done by Jewelers and past owners of antiques the pendant is what we refer to as a marriage. Two pieces from different styles, age and materials have been badly combined to create one piece that is unwearable.

An antique necklace for Restoration White gold and platinum pendant set with pearls, sapphires and diamonds, Crane Jewelers Ltd.

The chain and bow are 14 Karat gold, the bottom section is platinum and set with pearls, sapphires and diamonds.

This is a bad marriage, these two must to be separated and live their own lives. It is our goal to make these pieces be as true to their original style. Each an antique in excellent condition with no trace of repair.

For this project we chose Conservation and Historical restoration.

Conservation is a careful preservation and protection of an object and is the approach most often favored by museums for collections that are not intended to be worn.  The work is stabilized and then stored or displayed to minimize future deterioration.  Any restoration is minimal to avoid clouding the view of the original work, which would damage its historical significance.

Historical restoration involves using authentic period details, materials, tools and techniques.  It often involves extensive research.  Historic restoration also involves many aspects of conservation.  The goal is to preserve all the work that is good, repair or restore what is missing or broken so it blends seamlessly with the original and re-create the appropriate patinas and surfaces so the new work is difficult or impossible to detect.

Completed Restoration on an antique white gold pendant set with pearls, sapphires and diamonds restoration by Crane Jewelers Ltd. 519 Pine Street Seattle WA 09101

Completed Restoration on an antique white gold pendant set with pearls, sapphires and diamonds restoration by Crane Jewelers Ltd.

The Edwardian pendant has been removed from the white gold bow and a white gold bezel has been installed on the spot where the platinum Edwardian pendant was attached. An old European cut diamond set. The necklace has been completely restored and the separation of the complicated bad marriage completed.

 

Completed Restoration on an antique platinum pendant set with pearls, sapphires and diamonds restoration by Crane Jewelers Ltd.

The platinum Edwardian pendant has been completely restored, an appropriate platinum cable chain was found and a matched pair of old European cut diamonds have been set into very fine platinum bezels and spaced as they would have originally been in the Edwardian period, to float in the chain.

Kevin Crane has been restoring antique jewelry since 1979. He was published in Jewelers Circular Keystone magazine as an authority on the subject.

For more information read an article Restoring Antique Jewelry by Kevin glenn Crane

An expert in period design, with over thirty years of experience in goldsmithing, platinumsmithing and stone setting,  Kevin Crane, Design Director and owner of Crane Jewelers, specializes in custom design and period restoration.  Trained in Europe with Masters from Germany, Spain and Eastern Europe,  Kevin Crane has  a loyal international following of clients, Crane’s work has been exhibited in North America, Japan, Italy and Germany, and is represented in collections internationally.  His work has been published in Marthe Le Van’s 500 Brooches (Lark Books).

 

Crane Jewelry Gallery at 519 Pine Street in downtown Seattle, was designed by award winning architects Jim Olson and Tom Kundig in 1987.  Visiting the gallery is often reminisced upon as the experience of a private museum showing objects d’art from the farthest reaches of the world.

 

Location:              Visit Crane Jewelry Gallery of custom design and antique fine jewelry pieces.

Located at 519 Pine Street just across from Nordstrom in downtown Seattle.

Hours:                   Tuesday – Saturday        10 am – 5 pm

E-mail:                                  kc@cranejewelers.com

Telephone          206.624.1531 PST

 

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For more information contact Kevin Glenn Crane,     Telephone  206.624.1531  Pacific Standard Time

Crane Jewelry Gallery, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON  USA