Silver Plating and Repair Services by Jewellery Repairs London Team
We, at Jewellery Repairs London, are committed to giving satisfactory results to our clients by providing them impressive repair results. If you have a damaged piece of silver or silver plate, we are the right specialist to contact.
We evaluate the item and advise the most ideal method to repair it and maintain its value. Our silver repair workshop is located at Hatton Garden, London and we operate since 1875.
We provide repair, replating and restoration on antique silverware, silver cutlery, and other silver pieces. Our highly skilled silversmiths have the best tools and years of experience in accomplishing this type of job. They exert great effort, utmost care and keen attention to every piece they fix.
What Else Do We Offer for Your Silver Pieces?
We undertake all forms of silver repairs especially for jewellery pieces. Other than those mentioned earlier, we also cater to the following:
- Cleaning, polishing and restoration of antique silver pieces
- Silver soldering
- Refurbishing from precious antique silver items, modern silver plates, EPNS, and Old Sheffield plates
- Re-plating and repairing silver trophies, watches, frames, cups, clocks, cutleries, and jewelleries
- Replating silver flatware and vases including dishes, plates and trays
- Restoration of modern silver-plated pieces
- Repairing dented or broken silver – from forming to soldering to finishing
- Electro silver plating and machine buffing
- Restoration of silver antiques including military and religious silver
Our silversmiths can also silver plate both bright and matte surfaces with different finishes like oxidised, new or antique finish. The most typical micron thickness that our experts apply is from 2.5 microns up to 7 microns. It depends on the item itself and the purpose of use.
We use at least 7 microns of silver plating to achieve long-term durability especially to those high-wear silver pieces. We even silver plate to maximum 15-micron thickness. We also silver plate for
- Religious items
- Console covers
- Luxury items
- Costume jewellery
- Fashion jewelleries
We guarantee the best standards of silver plating solution that will surely give your precious items a long life span.
For Your Information
We would like to share to you a brief history of silver plating. We hope that it will be helpful to you and serve as an additional information.
In 1743, Thomas Boulsover, who is from Sheffield’s Cutlers Company, tried to repair the decorative knife handle of his customer. Putting on to intense heat, this silver melted and noticed how the copper and silver combined together strongly. These two metals work as one when Boulsover reshaped them. This is how he accidentally discovered the copper plating method with silver which is called Old Sheffield Plate.
In 1840, John Wright from Birmingham was the one who discovered the base metal plating process with silver. This method used electrolysis which was done with electricity. He read Carl Wilhelm Scheele’s article regarding how silver and gold cyanides react in a potassium cyanide solution. This is what he devised to assess a particular solution just like an electrolyte.
The result was impressive as there is a great silver or gold coating achieved. He was paid £300 by the Elkingtons plating firm for his patenting rights. His procedure was approved in 1840 and received another £500 for such British Patent 8447. This process is now an ideal alternative over some dangerous techniques used before.