CLEANING OF THE PIECE
Each piece of jewelry is carefully cleaned with soft brushes and specially adapted tools. If the nature of the stone allows, the CHANEL jewelry workshops will use ultrasound waves to clean the less accessible parts.
*Certain stones such as emeralds, tanzanites and pearls are excluded, as they are too delicate for ultrasound waves.
DIAGNOSIS OF THE PIECE
Jewelers carefully study each piece of jewelry in order to determine which intervention should be carried out.
Different techniques exist regarding the re-sizing of CHANEL Fine Jewelry pieces. Sales associates are at your disposal to give you advice and recommend the most adapted technique.
After being carefully cleaned, pearls are strung one by one on a new silk thread.
For some creations, CHANEL Fine Jewelry will use the knot-stringing method. This technique limits friction between pearls and keeps them from being lost if the silk thread breaks
At each intervention, all the gem-settings on the piece of jewelry are meticulously examined. Every damaged setting is replaced in order to avoid losing a stone.
POLISHING OF GOLD ELEMENTS/REMOVING THE LAYER OF RHODIUM ON WHITE GOLD ELEMENTS
Every white-gold piece of jewelry is covered by a thin layer of rhodium to perfect the finishing and enhance its brilliance. This layer of rhodium is removed by means of polishing. Polishing is a technique also used for gold and platinum pieces of jewelry in order to reduce scratches. Polishers use brushes and rollers soaked with polishing paste (clay grains), used one after the other to obtain a perfectly polished finishing. Due to polishing, a slight layer of material is removed.
Thus, it is a delicate operation that requires a specific know-how. Successive polishing can alter the surface condition and edges of your piece of jewelry.
We recommend that you do not request this service frequently (a maximum of 3 times during the course of its life is recommended).
RHODIUM PLATING OF WHITE GOLD ELEMENTS
After having removed the old layer of rhodium, the piece of jewelry is immersed in a rhodium-bath resulting in a new layer that will revive the brilliance and whiteness of white gold.
CONTROL OF THE PIECE
Before leaving the workshop, your piece of jewelry is carefully examined to ensure it meets the CHANEL Fine Jewelry high quality standards.