How To Fix A Broken Necklace

Fixing broken necklaces can often be a challenging and highly frustrating task that not many want to take the time to deal with. But while it’s sometimes easy to say goodbye to your broken jewelry and toss it away, what about when you’ve broken a brand new popular piece, one of your favorite pieces, or- heaven forbid- a beloved family heirloom? Thankfully, there are several methods you can utilize to repair your broken necklace, and our experts here at LaCkore Couture are happy to help walk you through the steps you can take. 

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Step By Step Process for Fixing a Broken Necklace

Some types of breaks are easier to deal with than others, and it largely depends on the kind of necklace you’re trying to fix and the damage it has undergone. Take the time to follow each of the steps below carefully, and you’ll have the best possible chance at salvaging your beloved accessory and saving yourself a dreaded trip to the trash can.

1. Examine the Break

The first step of the necklace repair process involves gathering all of the pieces of the necklace and carefully examining them to get a sense of the damage. To figure out if a repair is possible, you’ll first need to determine what the repair will involve. Since most necklace breaks involve their chain, that’s what we’ll be focusing on below.

2. Determine if the Repair Will Be Acceptable

Once you’ve determined the issue, you’ll need to figure out whether a repair will result in a piece of jewelry you still consider acceptable. This part is vital if you’re dealing with a broken chain since the repair will leave the necklace shorter than before the break. You may also find that you’ll need to end up removing one or more links because the chain style uses an alternating link pattern. 

3. Get the Necessary Tools

Next, you’ll need to gather all of the tools required to conduct the repair. Ideally, you’ll want to use jewelry cutters and small jewelers pliers, though regular side-cutter and needle-nose pliers will also work. You may also be able to use sharp fingernail clippers and tweezers if you’re trying to fix a chain with small enough links. 

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4. Determine the Best Method of Jewelry Repair Based on the Specific Chain

A woman using pliers to fix her necklace.

Different necklaces utilize different chain styles, and some chain styles will naturally require different types of repairs. The following are some of the most popular chain types and how you can fix them.

Snake Chain Necklace

These delicate chains are fan favorites because of their elegant appearance, but that can also make them scary for people who break them because they look irreparable. Thankfully, snake chains can easily be soldered with the correct heat to create a seamless appearance.

Ball Chain Necklace

While ball chains are super cute and don’t tend to tangle easily, they are somewhat fragile compared to some other necklace chains. Depending on how one breaks, it can usually be fixed using soldering. 

Box Chain Necklace

Box chains are usually very resilient due to the sturdy shape of the links. Because of this, they typically don’t require any soldering when they break and can generally be fixed with a quick pinch from a pair of pliers. 

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Curb Chain Necklace

Curb chains are big, bold, and rarely break because of their chunky design. On the off chance they break, however, they can usually be fixed with a pair of pliers, much like box chain necklaces.

Rope Chain Necklace

Like snake chains, rope chains appear almost impossible to fix when broken, but they can be soldered back together. That said, they typically require a bit more work because of the complexity of the chains. Depending on how significant the break is, it may be best to seek out the services of a jeweler who can “weave” the links back together before soldering them.

Cable or Link Chain Necklace

Cable and link chains are the most simple necklace chains and typically don’t require any soldering repair work when broken. Open links can usually be closed with a pair of needle-nose pliers without issue.

5. Test The Chain

The final step of the repair process involves testing the chain with a gentle tug to ensure that your fix will remain stable and let you continue wearing the piece without issue. The repair may not look perfect, but it should be a secure fix!

Chains that Are Challenging to Repair

A woman trying to repair a necklace.

Some necklace chains are challenging to fix, and it may be better to leave these repair jobs up to professional jewelers to avoid making matters worse. These kinds of chains are usually;

  • Plated
  • Hollow
  • Have highly complex designs
  • Are made of strange metal

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When to Call the Jeweler

You’ll want to call a jeweler if you’re dealing with any of the chains in the above section that are usually too challenging to repair at home. You should also consider reaching out to a jeweler if your necklace is expensive, an antique, or is not something you’re willing to risk damaging further.

How Long Will It Take for A Jeweler to Repair a Necklace?

The length of the jewelry repair process depends on a wide array of factors, such as the kind of repair needed, the complexity of the piece itself, and more. In most cases, however, jewelers should be able to get your piece fixed up and returned within a few short days. However, you can always ask them about rush orders and services if you need it back sooner. 

Final Thoughts to Keep in Mind

We wish you luck in repairing your broken or damaged jewelry, and we hope that this article has been a helpful resource to get you started! If you’re unable to fix your necklace, wish to replace it, or just want to add a new stylish accessory to your collection, please consider exploring our fabulous collection of handmade artisan necklaces, bracelets, and rings from our shop at LaCkore Couture!

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