Jewellery Repairs with Cutting-Edge Technology
Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery that’s sitting in a drawer in need of repair? How about an heirloom ring or pendant you’ve never worn because it’s damaged? At Fire & Ice Custom Jewellery and Repair, designers Christopher Neil and Ryan Eberts use cutting-edge technology to repair all kinds of jewellery, watches, spectacles and even delicate dental appliances.
Jewellery Repair with a Laser Welder
Many of their specialized repairs are done with a laser welder, which bonds metals together without the use of heat. Unlike traditional soldering techniques, which require heat, this method can be used on a variety of metals without risk of damage. “We can adjust the laser to work with different materials,” says Christopher, who opened Fire & Ice with Ryan in 2005.
Having the laser welder at their fingertips enables the designers to repair virtually any piece on site rather than requiring an outside source as part of the repair process. “This technology gives us much more capability and precision,” says Christopher, “allowing us to do more work for our clients.”
Creating Custom Jewellery with 3D printer
Fire & Ice has consistently been at the leading edge of technology in Saskatchewan’s jewellery industry. Along with repairs, the designers create one-of-a-kind custom pieces for their clients using a 3D printer as part of their design process. The printer creates highly detailed wax prototypes.
This year, the company upgraded to the latest incarnation of the printer. “It reproduces exactly what I have drawn on the computer screen, which results in high-quality custom jewellery and happy customers,” says Ryan.
Fire & Ice serves a diverse clientele, providing expertise on everything from stone quality to tension setting to hand engraving. Their laser welder and 3D printer enable the designers to experiment with new styles, continually expanding options for custom rings, pendants and other pieces. “Having a design that no one else has is special,” says Christopher. “We always remind people there are no rules.”
Those interested in having a piece custom made typically come to Fire & Ice with images of designs that have caught their eye. From there, Christopher or Ryan will help refine their vision through determining which specific details they like. Discussing aspects such as size, shape and colour of stones, preferred type of metal, and the client’s budget is all part of the process.
Inventing New Jewellery from Heirloom Pieces
If you have an existing jewellery item you’d like to revamp rather than repair, the designers can create a new piece using the original stones or metal. This is an excellent way to honour heirloom materials while creating an updated piece you’ll enjoy wearing for years to come.
Looking for gift ideas for that special someone? Consider surprising a loved one by getting their damaged or broken jewellery repaired for them. Fire & Ice welcomes you to visit the studio with any items in need of repair. They can typically assess the piece on the spot and let you know what repairs are possible.
To learn more about their custom work, stop by or visit Fire & Ice’s website, which showcases hundreds of their original pieces. “We can accommodate any budget,” says Christopher, “and we never run out of ideas.”
Fire and Ice Custom Jewellery & Repair Inc.
3125 Quance Street