The first book to teach the valuable skills of jewellery care and repair, this comprehensive guide reveals how to clean, repair, and revive neglected or damaged jewellery It is a useful guide for students, professional makers, the keen amateur jewellery restorer, and for people buying, repairing and selling vintage costume jewellery. Discover how to clean and care for a wide range of materials, from base
metals to diamonds; replace a missing necklace clasp; replace missing
pin fastenings; restring necklaces; convert clip-on earrings to
pierced ear fittings; add a charm to a charm bracelet; repairing a
dented locket; alter a ring that is too small or too big; replace a
missing stone and much more. With reams of useful information on everything from clasps to cleaning fluids, and illustrated with more than 550 colour photographs, Jewellery Solutions is essential reference for any jewellery owner.
David McLoughlin grew up in London. After leaving school in 1977, he became an apprentice diamond mounter with P. & B. Harrison Ltd for five years. He stayed with the company for a further seven years, learning not only basic jewellery repairs and alterations, but also working on commissions and designs. It was here that he learnt and came to appreciate the beauty of fine antique jewellery. He was taught how to make stunning Georgian and Victorian reproduction pieces, including settings, designs, and the original methods used to obtain special finished work. He also worked in mass-production jewellery until deciding to go freelance. David has run two small shops in Camden Passage, Islington, London, and he is currently working in a shared workshop at Craft Central in Clerkenwell, London, both designing and repairing jewellery. To find out more visit his website at www.davidmcloughlinjewellery.com