A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
25 years ago my Grandma gave me one of her pins that needed a good cleaning and a bit of repair. Not satisfied with the options (or prices or the treatment) available in Seattle...I told the professional repair person:
"I think I'm just going to fix it myself then.."
(condescending side eye)
"Ha ha, right. You can't just decide you're going to do this, you won't even know where to start..."
So I decided to have a go at fixing it myself... I did a lot of research, watched a lot of videos and poked around on the internet until I felt confident enough to do the work. Then I practiced... and practiced and practiced and stabbed myself A LOT.
I used to be embarrassed by how I was treated, then I found that being laughed at and told you can't do something is a pretty good motivator
Since then I have taught myself (through trial and error) the wonderful and weird art/skill of vintage jewelry restoration.
There is a Wee Sparklies YouTube channel that has (so far) a 'how to' do basic vintage jewelry cleaning (with shorter versions on IG). In the near future I hope to expand on that and show how to remove patina, yellowed glue and rhinestone replacement for starters. I think anyone should be able to clean and fix their own pieces if they want to and not be pushed into buying replacement rhinestones at a 2000% markup.
If there's something you want to learn about, just let me know and I'll see what I can do. I promised myself (that embarrassing day) that if I ever figured out how to do restoration that I would help anyone who wanted to learn. Knowledge should be shared and kindness is everything.