The digital age has brought new ways for everyone to keep track of time. The phone that you use to tell time, when you are not using it as a phone or some other device, is all circuitry and computer chips. Just forty-some short years ago, people bought and wore watches that required tiny gears, crystals and little hands that moved around the watch face and ticked off the seconds. If you have inherited such a timepiece and it is not currently working properly, there are still some places you can take your vintage or antiquated watch for repairs. Here are three possibilities.
Many jewelry stores have store associates who know how to fix old watches. This is due to the fact that the same stores frequently sell old watches that are very valuable or newer models of particularly expensive watches. Even if your old watch is not an expensive piece of jewelry, you may still be able to have a jewelry store associate look at the watch for you and possibly repair it. Just make sure you call ahead because not every jewelry store can do this and not every store that can will have that particular employee working on the day you want to bring in the watch.
Rolex Repair Shops
High-end luxury watches are frequently associated with the name "Rolex." There are designated Rolex repair shops all across the country. If your inherited piece was from this watch company, or you know for certain that you have a timepiece with Swiss movement, ruby or quartz crystals, etc., then you may want to consider this particular type of repair shop, like Hayes Jewelers, for repairs on your own watch.
High-End Department Stores
High-end department stores still sell watches that utilize gears and clock faces instead of digital readouts or touchscreen faces. With that in mind, you can consult an older employee behind the watch counter or the jewelry counter in the department store. (Younger or adolescent employees may have no idea what they are looking at when you show them your vintage timepiece, and may not know how to fix your watch either.)
If the department or counter manager is on break or not expected to come in when you bring your watch to the store, ask when you might be able to speak with him or her about your timepiece. It may also be possible to leave the piece for repairs and get a claim ticket you can use to get your watch back when you return to the store. Be sure to follow up with a phone call in a couple of days to check on the progress of the repairs or to alert the department/counter manager to the fact that you left a watch there.
Ever since I was a child, I've loved the look of fashion earrings. However, I soon discovered that my ears are sensitive to metal-coated earrings. Rather than spend a small fortune for custom made jewelry, I've found retailers that sell hypoallergenic earrings. These earrings are made for individuals such as myself with sensitivity to metals. Check your high-end department stores or local jeweler. You'll find hypoallergenic earrings in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. The main thing is to never choose jewelry containing nickle, as this is commonly the culprit. A good alternative to metals listed above is titanium jewelry, as this is considered to be hypoallergenic. Also, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean your earrings and jewelry, as this may cause further irritation. Mild dish soap may work well, but be sure to rinse your jewelry thoroughly.