Know Thy Jeweller

June 5, 2010

Two of the more common questions I get asked is ‘do you know any jewellers who work with hair?’ and ‘do you know anyone who re-enamels?.

Well, fortunately, I do, but it is very hard to trust someone with your collection. As I’ve stated quite a lot in this site, if you want to repair a piece, I believe you should have a very good reason for it. If the age is there and it’s damaged, perhaps it’s best to leave it alone. That said, I’ve had two pieces completely restored after I found them soldered over and in the bottom of boxes full of costume jewellery. Both were unsigned and had passed the end of their life, but hiding underneath all that solder and rot were two very nice rings. I still wear them today, I feel that I’ve given them new life with my sentimentality.

Which brings me to the jeweller. I go to Atelier D’or in Brighton, who are also good friends of mine (ask for Meg or Pauline if you’re local and want some quality work done, be sure to tell them Hayden sent you!). They’ve never let me down in terms of their work, but the relationship was one that took years to build.

Do note, that they ‘work with hair’ in the way that they will be more than happy to put a twist of your hair inside a locket, but not tablework or palette work hair – that’s a very small industry today, but one that still exists. More on that another day.

Ever since I was a young lad, I’ve been taking any pieces to them (mourning and non-mourning) and had great success.

So, if you have a good jeweller, stick with them and I’ll be asking the question again, I’m sure, but if anyone has any recommendations for their area, post in the comments below!

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  1. […] Know Thy Jeweller Two of the more common questions I get asked is ‘do you know any jewellers who work with hair?’ and ‘do you know anyone who re-enamels?. Well, fortunately, I do, but it is very hard to trust someone with your collection. As I’ve stated quite a lot in this site, if you want to repair a piece, I belie … […]


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