The fact of life is that jewellery and silverwares can become worn, depending on the amount of wear and tear to which they have been subjected, or even distorted or crushed by accident. Quality examples of precious metalwork can usually be restored, usually entailing a process of several repairs to a piece in order to make it look as it did when it was new.

This work can also mean sourcing matching gemstones, and repolishing surviving gemstones, involving the skills of the lapidary as well as the goldsmith and jeweller. These days we often restore a piece to a sound condition, but not “as new”, in other words the finished piece will look “original and unrestored”.