Polishing restores the precious metal of your jewelry to a like-new condition
In case of loss or deterioration of one of your stones/pearls, Chanel recommends a stone/pearl replacement service in order to return your piece of jewelry to its original beauty.
All the clasps of Chanel Fine Jewelry pieces are made of gold. As gold is a soft metal, it naturally wears over time. A clasp replacement or adjustment is recommended when it is showing signs of wear or damage.
The silk thread of your Chanel Fine Jewelry piece can become slack under the weight of pearls or because of various chemical agents (cosmetics, perfume, etc.). A pearl re-stringing is recommended every year in order to preserve the condition of your piece of jewelry.
Re-sizing is a difficult operation which requires great know-how and a deep study of the piece. This intervention is not possible on every piece of jewelry and is dependent on the model design. It is recommended to limit the number of times the same model is resized.
Re-sizing operations vary from one piece of jewelry to another and will be subject to a specific examination. For a ring re-sizing, operations will be the following:
It is possible to personalize a piece of jewelry by engraving a name or message on the precious metal. This intervention is not possible on every piece and depends on the available surface area.
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.