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Calgary SW Office Address, opposite Chinook Shopping Mall: 5940 MacLeod Trail SW, Suite 500, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2G4, Canada
Calgary NW Office Address, in Crowfoot Crossing: 600 Crowfoot Crescent NW, Suite 340, Calgary, Alberta, T3G 0B4, Canada
At La Vogue Vintage we are sensitive to the history of each piece that comes into our workshop. We know there are memories and sentiment entwined in a piece of jewellery or silverware. As such, our ethos towards craftsmanship is moulded along the lines of restore, rather than just repair.
The Essence of Repair
Most jewellery stores have access to a workshop that can repair items that have been broken. Depending on the materials involved, these can be simple and straight forward involving the soldering together of precious metals such as silver or gold, the resetting of a loose stone into a collet, the repair of a clasp and the restringing of pearls or beads. Although the tasks may sometimes be simple, skill and knowledge are essential to do the job well and to retain a satisfied and happy customer. A poor repair can seriously affect the wearability and indeed the value of a special item. Therefore, the craftsman needs to understand the full implications of their work and in addition have a comprehensive working knowledge of the metals, solders and gemstones that they need to use.
The Essentials of Restoration
Restoration of a piece of jewellery on the other hand, implies that the item be made as good as its original condition. This may include the purchase or manufacture of individual components such as a new collet, clasp, gemstones or a new band in the case of a ring. Generally, this is far more time consuming and requires an in depth knowledge of materials that may no longer be used today as well as an appreciation of the history of the piece and the original techniques used to make it. Skilled, experienced hands are acquired over years of hard work and thus a restoration workshop can be difficult to find as our high tech world is sadly driven by a quick fix desire.
Knowledge and Skills are Key
Careful cleaning is often the first and sometimes the only step towards improving an item of jewellery and slowing the ravages of time. Providing, that the treatment is sensitive to what has happened to the piece in the past. Modern techniques and materials, particularly chemicals, can irreparably damage a piece that has already survived for many years and therefore knowledge is the key.
The skills of goldsmiths and silversmiths, gem cutters and enamelling craftsmen have remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. It is only in the last hundred years or so that mechanisation has replaced traditional hand crafting, in an effort to mass produce to meet growing demands. However, even today much of the finest bespoke jewellery is handmade by individual craftsmen, or hand finished to a perfection that is almost impossible to achieve by machine.
La Vogue Vintage has such a workshop right here in Calgary, Canada. Our workshop is fitted with tools and materials that a lot of modern workshops do not have access to today, along with the depth of knowledge to support the workshop.
Our team and family of La Vogue Vintage, Calgary, Canada believe that buying and investing in jewellery and vintage wares should be a pleasurable experience. Each of us in their own right has strived to improve their skills and knowledge over the years to ensure our customers feel confident and relaxed when embarking on a purchase or the repair and restoration journey.
Questions or Comments
If you have any questions or comments, drop us a note and we will get back to you as soon as we can.