Jewelry Repair Glossary
- To etch or cut a message or image onto metal by machine, laser or hand.
- For more information on engraving please visit: Engraving
- The part underneath the setting of the ring.
- A centuries old, originally French technique, invisible set gemstone jewelry (aka the Invisible Setting) involves the process of setting gemstones side-by-side, which hides the metal work underneath, which can give the appearance of a larger stone.
- For more information on invisible setting jewelry please visit: Invisible and Mystery Settings.
- A master jeweler refers to a very experienced bench jeweler, usually with over 10 years of experience.
- Refers to the use of metal projections or tines, that mount or secure a gemstone to a piece of jewelry; some resemble claw-like points.
- For more information on prong repairs please visit: Prong Repair.
- A service for pearls and beads. Means to disassemble and recreate the necklace strand or bracelet with a new piece of wire, nylon or silk thread. Restringing with knots between the pearls or beads is usually done on better or more expensive items.
- For more information on pearl restringing please visit: Pearl Restringing.
- A metal more expensive than gold and is part of the platinum family. Rhodium is a bright white hard metal that is the final step in creating white gold jewelry and it can only be applied through electroplating.
- For more information on Rhodium please visit: White Gold & Rhodium.
- The part of the ring that wraps around the finger. Usually plain metal but not always.
- When changing the size of a ring, it is properly referred to as “Ring Sizing.” However, “Ring Resizing” can also be used.
- For more information on sizing services, please visit: Ring Resizing Guide.
Solder (commonly misspelled as “sodder”)
- Because it is pronounced “sä-dər” it is often mispelled as “sodder.”
- This is the process of melting or welding metal together. This is usually used to mend breaks in rings or chains.
- The act of placing gemstones and securing them into a piece of jewelry.
- For more information on resettings, please visit: Gemstone Resettings.
Watch Repair Glossary
- Allows a watch to be attached to the wrist. Falls into two categories, straps or bracelets.
- Strap – The leather, plastic or nylon strap that allows a watch to be attached to the wrist.
- Bracelet – Worn on the wrist and usually made of metal that interlocks together with hinges, links, mesh or screws.
- For more information on watch band replacements, please visit: Watch Band Replacements & Repairs.
Clean & Overhaul (commonly referred to as “Servicing”)
- The process of cleaning, repairing, adjusting, replacing, and putting back together the parts of a watch movement.
- For more information on movement servicing , please visit: Watch Movement Services
- The glass, plastic or mineral dome or surface that covers and protects the face of the watch. Comes in many shapes and materials.
- For more information on watch crystal repairs, please visit: Watch Crystal Replacements
- The mechanical parts that make the watch work. Can come in different types: mechanical (wind up and automatic), quartz (battery powered), or digital.
- For more information on watch movements, please visit: Types of Movements
Stem & Crown
- The part of the watch that a person would move to change time or date. The Crown is the part that you can touch, whereas the stem is the part that connects to the inner movement.