It was their dream… Corinne Ngotat and Juliette Karpa opened the first local repair shop in 2022. They make around thirty specialized artisans accessible to everyone, including some specializing in jewelry. “The concept originated from a piece of glass bead jewelry with just one broken bead,” explains Juliette Karpa. “It took me a long time to find an artisan capable of repairing it.” Beyond the ecological aspect, most requests are related to sentimental objects. Here, everything is repairable, from a necklace bought for 10 euros to one that cost 5,000… But let’s not forget an obvious fact: the cost of the repair is not based on the purchase price of the jewelry. Take the opportunity to stop by the café-restaurant offering homemade cuisine. Prices available upon request.
What an excellent idea! With her own workshop where she makes 100% of her jewelry, Nadia Azoug, founder of the cute brand Monsieur Paris, has decided to launch a repair service, called Petit Monsieur. No more need to regretfully hide away your faulty jewelry in a box: from now on, you know who to entrust with the wedding ring that’s missing a micro-stone (from €20 for a setting), the dented or scratched gold ring, your engagement ring that’s too big for your finger (from €35 for a reduction in size) or even the medal that’s been tarnished by time (from €45 for gilding). Just about anything is possible, although the ofer doesn’t apply to costume jewelry and jewelry from the great houses, as that would invalidate the guarantee. How come no one thought of this before?
Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Marie-Laure Chermezon
Having been an established presence at the flea market for about ten years, Marie-Laure Chermezon offers a beautiful selection of vintage and antique jewelry: 19th-century sleeper earrings, gold link bracelets from the 60s-70s, ball rings from the 80s, and more. She is also a gemologist and is happy to share her expertise and network of workshops. She can replace a unset diamond on your favorite ring, resize your wedding ring, change a clasp, and more besides. However, she does not handle non-precious metal jewelry. Price available upon request.
Les Trouvailles d’Elsa
Has your gold-plated jewelry lost its shine over time? Elsa Madjar, designer and founder of the boutique Les Trouvailles d’Elsa, provides a gilding service that’s rarely offered to private individuals. Each piece is dipped in a 24-carat gold bath for 20 minutes in order to restore its micro layer of around 3 microns. This technique can also be applied to a brass or silver jewel that you’d like to “upgrade”. Note that it does not work on jewelry with a stone, or on stainless steel jewelry. The gilding sessions take place every Friday, from 35 euros for a ring.
This brand, which has 350 stores in France (and 21 in Belgium), not only sells jewelry but also offers services such as clasp replacement, stringing of pearls, rhodium plating, soldering, stone setting, and watch battery replacement. This applies even to pieces not purchased from them. No repairs are done on-site: once the estimate is accepted, it is sent to a specialized workshop.
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