Simple Jewelry Repairs, Albert Jake, & Overlay Jewelry

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July 2014   News and Events

In honor of Independence Day

Below are a few tips and tricks for quick at-home fixes of common jewelry problems.  Giving you your independence one tip at a time... when you just can't make it by our store, these tips will get you through.

Albert Jake

Born in 1959 on the Zuni Pueblo, Albert Jake now resides in Ramah, New Mexico with his wife and two daughters. Albert learned the art of silversmithing from his parents and began making jewelry in 1987. He specializes in traditional set stones and cluster jewelry with intricate stamp work. A man of many talents, he is also a sand painter and potter.

Click HERE for jewelry by Albert Jake

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Simple Jewelry Repairs

Sterling silver box clasps and hinged huggie earrings will become loose over time.  This is normal - don't worry. A simple tweak will get your clasps and earrings snapping tight like new!

Box clasps - Simply wedge a your fingernail or a miniature screwdriver in the fold of the clasp on each side and gently lift up slightly. This adds tension when inserted into the box end and allows for a tight closure.

Huggie earrings - Use tweezers or small needle-nose pliers to grab the middle of the post and gently lift up to put the post back in position to meet the divit and click into place. Be sure to move it in very small increments.

Sterling Silver Overlay

During the 1940's the Hopi developed a unique style called overlay (this term comes from the method by which the jewelry is constructed). Sterling silver overlay jewelry is constructed from two layers of sterling silver. A design is traced on a sheet of silver and is then painstakingly cut out with a jeweler's saw by hand. This top design layer is then silver soldered to another sheet, the bottom layer, of silver. Texture is added to the bottom layer in all the open areas of the design using a hammer, a small punch, and oxidation. The piece is then trimmed to it's final shape and size. Next the assembled item is hammered into its final form, contoured, and blackened to enhance the negative areas of the design. The top surface is then buffed to either a matte-like satin finish or to a mirror-like high polish.

Click HERE for overlay jewelry by Everett & Mary Teller
Click HERE for overlay jewelry by Steven Begay



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