When you hear laser you probably think of blowing things up (all you sci-fi people) or high tech scientific experiments or even crazy villains trying to take over the world with a “laser”. One of the last things you think a laser can do is to work on your intricate jewelry. Well, laser technology is making it possible to work on jewelry that once was impossible to fix or too costly to fix. Now Arden Jewelers has a powerful laser to repair our customer’s jewelry.
Lasers can repair an antique enameled pin without damaging the enamel or leaving visible signs of the restoration work. Our laser can fix jewelry without removing the stones or running the risk of solder flowing into the hinge and destroying its mobility. Antique filigree that is broken can be repaired. Restoring antique platinum jewelry is now possible with Arden Jewelers’ laser. The laser can also help Angelo create very complicated pieces and diamond intensive pieces in his designer lines and custom jewelry.
Our master jewelers and a laser can fix even costume jewelry that was unrepairable just a few years ago. Jewelers used to discourage people with sterling silver and CZ pieces that broke from doing repair work. Now they can be done. The laser gives us the ability to fix jewelry with glass stones that a torch would overheat and destroy. Inexpensive jewelry that has great sentimental value but could not be fixed at any price in the past can now be fixed with a laser. Now Arden jewelers can help our clients take the personal jewelry out of the storage box, fix it, and bring that sentiment back into their life. Jewelry is a very personal item in our lives sometimes monetary worth has nothing to do with what gives it value.
Now some basics, what is a laser? LASER is an acronym for “Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation” which produces a sharp, focused light beam. The benefit of the laser is that very little heat is generated at the weld point. This means the heat will not damage the surrounding area. The jewelry’s intricate design and gems which are heat sensitive are safe from the heat with a laser.
What type of metals can be laser welded? All the traditional metals can be laser welded, including base metals, karat gold, sterling silver, palladium and platinum, offering a complete array of design, redesigns and repair options. Platinum traditionally is the most difficult metal to work on; the laser has rendered platinum much easier to repair and can be used to create new designs.
Inexpensive jewelry that has great sentimental value but could not be fixed at any price in the past can now be fixed with a laser.
The amazing thing is the laser is simply a beam of light. The laser beam can adjust the diameter of the laser beam’s focus and the duration of the blast of concentrated light, as well as voltage used and number of pulses per second. All this gives the master jeweler the ability to use the laser with the skill of a micro surgeon. The laser gives our jewelers the precision he needs to work around our customer’s jewelry treasures. Arden jewelers can cut with the laser, weld two pieces of precious metal together, or do fill-in work to smooth out gaps and rough spots. The work is so smooth that even an expert can’t detect the repair work once it is polished. The weld joints created by the laser are stronger than traditional solder.
The laser uses extremely focused heat and the weld can be extremely strong. The laser weld created is also extremely durable and long lasting. Arden Jewelers now offers this new laser technology to ensure that we are able to do the very best work for our clients.