Fire Restoration

Fire Damaged Jewelry Restoration

In recent years, many Sonoma County homeowners have experienced the devastating effects of wildfires. After returning to an affected property, some are surprised to find things like ceramics and jewelry have survived the blaze. Despite charring and warping, many fire damaged jewelry items can be brought back to life by restoration and refurbishment. 

In addition to custom design, repair, and designer jewelry selections, E.R. Sawyer provides exceptional restoration services for fire damaged jewelry. If you have recovered jewelry pieces from Northern California wildfire sites, there is a good chance we can restore them. Charred metals and burnt diamonds can be cleaned, polished, and restored to their original state.

If a wildfire has melted your jewelry beyond repair, our expert jewelers are able to recreate the piece. Photos and descriptions of your fire damaged jewelry will help us create a replica for you to cherish for years to come.

The experience and knowledge of our E.R. Sawyer jewelers in Santa Rosa and Saint Helena allow us to offer a full-service, state-of-the-art jewelry repair and manufacturing center. If you have recovered fire damaged jewelry from a recent wildfire, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Janae Farmiloe’s golden globe pendant was recovered from her fire-destroyed home, and then restored by E.R. Sawyer Jewelers in Santa Rosa. The necklace had been inherited from Farmiloe’s late grandmother. (Courtesy Photo – Press Democrat)

Q: What happens when a ring is burned in a fire?

A: The metal heats, then cools slowly. This leaves the metal very hard, brittle and dark.Solution: Polishing and cleaning will remove the dark coating. But your ring also needs to be annealed. Annealing (heating) the ring and cooling properly is the way it was initially made and re-doing the process brings back the metal’s structural integrity. An important part of restoring a ring is not just making it look new, but making it durable and wearable for you again!

Steps we take to restore your fire-damaged jewelry:
✔️ Annealed and quenched three times to bring back strength and durability to the metal.
✔️ A deep clean to bring out the color of the stones.
✔️ Polishing to take away fire scale and burns.

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For over 140 years, the Van Dyke Family has served the jewelry needs of Sonoma County. So when you need assistance selecting a one-of-a kind engagement ring, repairing a family heirloom, or choosing a new time piece, turn to the experienced E.R. Sawyer Jewelers team for help.