Disposable Jewellery – Ditch It!

It’s not seldom that I see customers coming to Lila’s to have their jewellery repaired and we have to decline them. Don’t get me wrong, we cater for repairs of all sorts, but when it comes to base metal fashion jewellery we can’t do much. Base metal won’t sustain solder, rhinestones in the particular shape and colour as in the customer’s piece are a headache to find and when you do find them you have to buy in bulk, like for a Chinese factory. Whatever work we carry on a base metal piece, it just won’t last, so that jewellery is destined to reach the trash. Such a waste!

What surprises me most is that these broken pieces that I see time and again are not the usual £5 necklaces found in the high-street fashion chains (big names involved in scandals about stealing designs off independent jewellers – but that’s another story). They are £200-£300 pieces with big brands stamped on and sold in the most famous London department stores, like these earrings, or this ring or this bangle. Funny thing is the manufacturers themselves wouldn’t take them back or do any repairs on them either, so people end up piling oxidised rings and necklaces with deficient bright coloured stones and broken earrings because they feel they can’t throw them away after paying all that money and they can’t do anything else with it.

Few words of advice when it comes to jewellery buying, so you avoid disappointment:

  • look beyond the brand and ask about the materials in the piece. Jewellers can perform repairs and adjustments on precious metal pieces such as silver, gold, palladium, platinum. These will last longer and keep better anyway. If you’re on a tight budget, choose at least silver that you can have gold plated if you want a gold or rose tone, but stay away from brass, pewter and comp even if it’s gold plated. 30% of gold jewellery in UK is recycled [1]. I haven’t found any such statistics on costume jewellery. If you’re tired of your rings designs you can remodel them or melt them down and design something completely new.
  • ask about the stones. Diamond is the toughest material on Earth, which is why it’s said “diamonds are forever”, but there are other long-lasting alternatives: sapphire and rubies, if not natural, then synthetic. Beryl (emerald, aquamarine, morganite, heliodor), topaz, garnet and quartz (amethyst, citrine) provide a multitude of colours and they are durable too.
  • look for vintage pieces in reputable specialised shops and markets. You get much more value for your money. Needless to say you can find a great selection at Lila’s and you can pay in instalments, interest free.
  • instead of big brands, research upcoming designers – you’ll get great looking jewellery in decent materials without the premium that comes with the name. Try Goldsmith Fair, Rock Vault, Hot 100 Nexgems and not least, local designers.

Here’s a good guide on how to start your fine jewellery collection.

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