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A guide to jewelry repair costs

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Jewelry is unique in its ability to hold memories, convey love, and create meaning within families across the generations. Items like wedding bands hold great significance and get a lot of wear and tear from being worn every day for years or even decades.

With items that are so long-lasting, a need for repairs is practically inevitable somewhere down the line. Whether the piece is for yourself or a gift for a loved one, opting for a jewelry protection plan upon purchase is going to help when those repairs are needed.

For the most comprehensive protection available, subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited. You'll get coverage for all your jewelry pieces under the same product protection plan, for just $9.99 a month. That means unlimited claims and coverage, with no deductibles or hidden fees, for the ultimate peace of mind.

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What are different types of jewelry repair?

Ultimately, you’re bound to have purchased a special item of jewelry where you didn’t get a warranty. So, what should you do about jewelry repairs when you aren't covered by a retail jewelry product protection plan?

Gold plated jewelry tips and care

Gold can get damaged from various substances like lotion, shampoos, or other products. Care for your gold jewelry on a daily basis by frequently wiping it down with a jewelry cloth to prevent tarnishing, and protect it from the elements by avoiding showers, high sunlight, and various products.

How to clean gold plated jewelry at home? You can use a dish soap like Dawn mixed with warm water in a bowl. Setting your jewelry in the bowl, leave it to soak for up to 30 minutes before scrubbing it with a gentle cloth to remove grime. This is also the method for how to clean copper jewelry, as well.

How to clean stainless steel jewelry

Like your gold items, you can clean stainless steel jewelry at home, either with soap and water as described above, or by using baking soda if you have more significant grime that is caught between small details within the piece. For this method, you can make a paste by mixing baking soda with water and use a gentle toothbrush to scrub the affected areas.

What to do when you need a professional to get involved

Not all fixes can be done at home, however. Beyond minor cleaning needs, other issues like bends, missing stones, dented rings, and damaged earring posts require professional jewelry repair.

Depending on what you need, the price could vary from around $30 to hundreds of dollars if you need a replacement stone or large piece of gold, for example. Search online for “jewelry fix near me” to find a professional and get their opinion and a quote to find out the specific price for your needs.

Are jewelry warranties worth it?

If you’re investing in an expensive piece of jewelry that you hope will last a lifetime, we recommend seeking out a jewelry product protection to help with future repair costs. A jewelry protection plan can cover anything from lost stones to polishing and will work to keep your items fresh and clean.

Subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited for complete product protection on all your jewelry pieces for just $9.99 a month. Get affordable protection for jewelry, which includes coverage for cracked or chipped stones, knotted chains, lost diamonds or center stones, and more, giving you the ultimate peace of mind.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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