The Goldsmith's Bench
Talking all things jewellery
from a Goldsmith's perspective.
from a Goldsmith's perspective.
The Goldsmith's Bench
Jewellery repairs is something I do on a daily basis as the Goldsmith at Metaal & Stone Jewellers. Having spoken with clients and completed numerous repair tasks on worn jewellery, there are some common signs that indicate your jewellery needs repair. Rings repairs are the biggest category in my workshop and I have my 'Top 5' list of signs your rings needs repairs. Here is a quick summary of those signs.
1. Catching Claws
This is one tellt-tale sign that your rings need to assessed. If you notice the claws around the gemstone are sharp or catching on your clothing, then I recommend they be checked as soon as possible.
2. Loose gemstones
Do the gemstones wobble in their settings? Can you hear a rattle in the piece? This isn't a good sign as it means they are at risk of falling out. I recommend they be checked as soon as possible!
3. Thin Bands
The band part of the ring will wear down after years of wear. If the band is looking thin and is sharp on the edges then this is a sign your ring needs attention. It can also be a safety hazard so I recommend it is checked as soon as possible.
4. Not the Right Fit
A tight fitting ring is not the most comfortable thing to wear and can also be a safety hazard if your finger was to swell suddenly. On the other a loose-fitting ring is at risk of slipping off and being lost.
5. Dull & Scratched
Yellow gold rings lose their lustre with wear and always look great when re-polished. White gold rings can look very dull and tired if they haven't had a recent rhodium plating. A fresh rhodium plate will get them looking great again.
Now this is a very brief summary and if your rings are showing any of these signs then I recommend you check out a booklet I have written on this topic. You can download your free guide HERE
If you want to ensure your precious jewellery isn't at risk we invite you to pop in for a Free Jewellery Health Check. Your jewellery will be cleaned and checked so that you can wear your jewellery with confidence.
To book an appointment for a Free Jewellery Health Check click HERE.
Appointments can also be booked by calling us on 08 85363653
Remember a stitch in time saves nine so don't delay!
Goldsmith & Diamond Setter
We had a chat recently with Maurice Lorenz who is the Goldsmith at Metal & Stone Jewellers. Here's a short Q&A on Maurice's background and inspiration
1. When did you start your journey to become a manufacturing jeweller?
One evening in December 1980 at 16 years of age I was having a serious think about how much I didn’t want to go back to school the following year. This was mainly due to the fact that I wasn’t academically inclined at all. I remember getting down on my knees on the kitchen floor pleading with my dad to take me on as his apprentice! He was reluctant at first, but eventually he came around with some persuasive words from my mum! So I began my apprenticeship in the family business February 1981 in our upstairs jewellery manufacturing workshop on the corner of Peel street and Hindley Street in Adelaide City.
2. Who has been your primary influence/inspiration in your journey?
Definitely my father has been my primary influence and inspiration in my journey. Not just in jewellery but as an incredible mentor and life coach. He is hardworking, honest and was an absolutely amazing craftsman and very highly regarded in the industry. He was one of the original founding members of the Goldsmiths Guild of South Australia.
3. Why did you decide to open Metal & Stone Jewellers?
I get a lot of joy from being approachable, sharing my knowledge and experience with others and satisfaction from providing the kind of service and attention to detail that is becoming rare nowadays. This is what has inspired me to create a shop that is warm and inviting that enables people to get a real taste of what happens in a manufacturing jewellery workshop and deal directly with the jeweller himself!
4. What technical aspect of jewellery manufacture do you enjoy the most?
The technical aspect of my work that I enjoy the most is optical diamond setting! My passion for setting diamonds began in 2001. In 2016 I had the amazing opportunity to further my training in optical diamond setting in Antwerp, Belgium under the tutelage of Master diamond setter Alexander Siderov.
5. What has been the most amazing experience in your journey?
The most amazing experience in my journey would have to be my time living in our underground home in Coober Pedy!
6. What is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
When a customer entrusts me with an item for repair or restoration that is of great sentimental value, and I see the joyful emotional response it brings them when they see the completed piece for the first time, that is definitely the most satisfying aspect of my work!
We are excited to present to you our brand new blog! So why a blog and what interesting talk could come from a Goldsmith and his wife/business partner? Well, a lot actually. The husband and wife dynamics of running a small business would provide enough content for its own very blog but we'll stay on track and stick to the jewellery side of things.
So you're probably still thinking 'why a blog?' We want to demystify what a Goldsmith does and what happens in a jewellery manufacturing workshop. We often joke how Goldsmiths are similar to the Dentist in the Oral B ad who could never show his face. Most jewellery workshops are hidden from the general public and most mainstream jewellery retail outlets don't even have a workshop on site. The opportunity to chat face-to-face with a Goldsmith has become rare these days and just like the dentist in the Oral B ad, you rarely see them in their natural habitat.
We look forward to sharing with you our musings on all things jewellery and giving you some insider knowledge on what makes an amazing jewellery piece.
So thank you for popping in, we hope to make this blog an entertaining and informative one!