While gold is typically a durable precious metal, gold bracelets do break on occasion. Fortunately, a broken gold bracelet need not be relegated to a dark corner of your jewelry box, never to be worn again. Often, a professional jeweler can repair the bracelet and, in many cases, it is possible for you to fix it yourself.
Things You'll Need
Repairing Gold Bracelets
Use genuine solid gold metal components, such as jump rings, wire, clasps and solder, when making repairs to your genuine, solid gold bracelet. Note that gold-plated components will fade over time.
Obtain gold jump rings, wire, clasps and needle-nosed pliers from a jewelry supply retailer or bead shop. Find other supplies, such as a soldering iron and gold solder, at hardware stores, as well as at some jewelry supply retailers.
Fix a broken gold chain bracelet by linking the two severed portions of chain back together with a small jump ring that is the same size as the links of the chain. Open the jump ring with needle-nosed pliers. Push the ring through each of the end links on the severed portions of chain. Close the jump ring using the pliers.
Reattach charms that have fallen off of a gold bracelet by hooking them back on with jump rings or gold wire. Bend and twist gold wire into a bail with needle-nosed pliers. Remember, the higher the gauge, the finer the wire.
Replace a broken bracelet clasp with a new clasp obtained at any bead shop. Choose a new clasp that is suitable for the size and style of your bracelet. Attach the new clasp to a chain bracelet with jump rings or wire.
Attach clasps and other broken components to gold bracelets with gold solder. Apply flux to the parts that you will solder. Use a soldering iron to heat a small amount of gold solder in the place where you want to make the attachment. Allow the solder to solidify before moving the bracelet. Remember that unlike jump rings and wire, solder is not movable. It creates a stiff, immobile attachment, whereas jump rings and wire create a fluid, movable one.
References and Resources"Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition;" Tim McCreight, 2004
ResourcesJewelry Supply: How to Make a Bail
Handyharmancanada.com: Gold and Silver Soldering