Jewellery is given for emotive reasons. An engagement ring, an antique necklace passed down through the family or a simple pendant given by a loved one – which is the most valuable? The answer is that they are all valuable and much treasured by the owner. But what do you do when that item is in need of repair and who can you trust to give your piece of jewellery the care and attention it deserves? At D. Barker & Son we specialise in the restoration and repair of all types of jewellery from simple chain soldering to complex antique ring restoration.
Our jewellers and stone setter have a wealth of experience and are used to dealing with the very best jewellery in need of restoration. We take great pride in the quality and variety of work produced by our craftsmen and our aim is always to ensure that your jewellery is sympathetically restored to its former glory. We offer a wide ranging service including:
We realise that ‘trust’ is the most important consideration when leaving an item for repair. We will give you professional, straight forward advice. We will not recommend work that is unnecessary and we will describe the repair process in detail so that you understand what is involved and what it will cost. We will provide written quotes on request and we are very happy to take the hassle out of dealing with your insurance company by dealing with them directly if you want us to. You will find case studies on the right hand side of this page so that you can see for yourself the type of work we are capable of.
Above all you can rest assured that all work undertaken to your valued item of jewellery will be carried out to the very highest standards. Our reputation depends on it.
There is something rather special about Ceylonese Sapphires. Many are prized for their distinct cornflower blue colouration. As a colour it is very similar to that seen in Tanzanites but often with a velvety softness which is very pleasing to the eye. The sapphires in this ring were purchased directly at the mine in Ceylon …Continue ReadingRead More
Georgian Diamond Ring Restoration This important antique Georgian came in to us recently because it required urgent attention to repair a broken shank which had been cut in an emergency so the the ring could be removed from a swollen finger. The owner had worn the ring for years and over time much of it …Continue ReadingRead More
Sometimes looking past what is directly in front of you and imagining what is possible can really pay dividends. If you have ever watched one of the countless property programmes that litter the TV schedules you will know what I mean. Not a programme goes by without the presenter pointing out how to maximise the …Continue ReadingRead More
So, what do you do when a treasured family ring disintegrates right in front of you? [cycloneslider id=”3929_1″] Quite understandably the first thought might be to panic but don’t! This ring dates from C1890 and over the years everyday wear and tear had taken its toll. As can be seen in the images above, a …Continue ReadingRead More
[cycloneslider id=”sapphire-diamond-3-stone-ring”] This ring came to us simply to be sized. On closer examination though a claw was found to be missing on both the centre sapphire and one of the diamonds. The owner was unaware that the settings were in need of attention but with both stones vulnerable, she decided to have these two …Continue ReadingRead More
If asked to name a green gemstone most people would know of emerald. But there is another green stone much prized for its rich, clean green colour. Found mainly in Brazil, green tourmaline was especially popular in the first half of the 20th century and was often set in Edwardian jewellery. The owner of this …Continue ReadingRead More
[cycloneslider id=”diamond-half-hoop-ring”] So how do you know that your ring may need a little care and attention? Jewellery is nearly always given for emotive reasons and the thought that it may require maintenance from time to time is one that few people realise. This ring originally came to us for sizing as it no longer …Continue ReadingRead More
Sometimes things just work out perfectly. [cycloneslider id=”diamond-earrings”] A customer came to us recently with an enquiry that had been gnawing away at her for some time. She wanted a pair of diamond studs but the diamonds had to be a decent size and certainly large enough to take the ‘clip and post’ fittings that …Continue ReadingRead More
This stunning F colour, VVS2 diamond weighing 2.13cts was recently remounted in a new ring hand made in our own workshop. For the full story, and to see some more ‘before and after’ pictures click here.Read More
Many people are familiar with Marilyn Monroe’s performance of ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ in the 1953 film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’. Dripping in ice white diamonds and surrounded by well dressed men offering her yet more, one could be forgiven for thinking that all diamonds are indeed ‘colourless’. Whilst the majority of gem quality diamonds used in jewellery are indeed ‘colourless’ a tiny proportion of these stones exhibit distinct colouration.Read More
[cycloneslider id=”new-lease-of-life”] Sometimes a ring just doesn’t work. Perhaps the proportions are all wrong, the setting isn’t right or the style just hasn’t been executed properly. A poorly made ring will spend more time in the bottom drawer of a jewellery box that it ever will being worn and enjoyed on the finger which was …Continue ReadingRead More