Hi new forum friends,
This is my first post. I thoroughly searched within the forum first, to see if I could find an answer before asking something that may have been already addressed. No luck.
I have a 20" strand of grey baroques that actually came apart as I tried to put it on. The string must have tired after so many years. Most of the strand is still on the string and I managed to rescue the fallen couple of pearls and the clasp. Does anyone know where in the NYC area (I live in Brooklyn, so that would be ideal) I can get a reliable job to have this strand restored to wearability? I'd like them not to be out of my hands for too long, but I don't know what the typical turnaround is.
A local jeweler I do business with for watch repairs and small purchases says he can have them restrung. Is that generally safe to give to a neighborhood retailer? I guess safe is defined, for me, as I get back the same pearls I sent (all of them!) and the job is done with good string material (I'm finding out that should be silk?), knotted between pearls, and the pearls arranged well (they are not graduated).
If no one knows of a place in the NYC outer boroughs or in Manhattan where I can bring them in person, any chance there is a particular place to mail them and not worry?
One last thing, I have no idea how much this kind of labor is worth. What kind of expense should I expect just so I don't get taken to the cleaners?
Thanks for any info. I find this forum fascinating and informative.