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What to Do When Your Hinge Bracelet Breaks

Written by Anna Currell
July 4, 2023

Hinge bracelets are not only beautiful, they’re also comfortable and easy to wear. However, just like any piece of jewelry, they are susceptible to wear and tear over time — in fact, they’re even more susceptible due to their hinge mechanisms. One of the most common issues is that hinges can break or become loose, leaving you wondering what to do with your suddenly unwearable bracelet. In this article, we'll discuss some tips on how to keep your hinge bracelet in good shape and look at what to do if it does break.

What’s a Hinge and How Can It Break?

First, how does a hinge bracelet work? It relies on a tiny spring-like mechanism that allows you to open and close the hinge. Now let’s address the most common reason why hinge bracelets break: excessive force or pressure. It's important to remember that hinge bracelets are not designed to withstand rough handling or heavy impact. You’ll want to be sure you handle the hinge carefully since the mechanism can be delicate. If you're someone who tends to wear your jewelry during physical activities or sports you may want to consider removing your hinge bracelets to prevent damage.


A close-up of a bangle hinge we repaired. Note the inner workings.

What to Do with a Broken Hinge Bracelet

If your hinge bracelet is broken, don’t panic. Here are the steps you can take to solve the problem:

Assess the Damage

The first step in dealing with a broken hinge bracelet is to assess the damage. Take a close look at the bracelet to determine where the break has occurred and what else might need to be fixed. For example, when the hinge broke the rest of the bracelet may have also gotten scratched or dented. Take photos of the broken bracelet for your reference and to share with a professional jeweler.

Take the Bracelet to a Professional Jeweler

It’s always best to take your broken hinge bracelet to a professional jeweler for repair. A jeweler will have the necessary tools and expertise to fix it properly, ensuring that the repaired piece both functions well and looks great. The cost of repairing your hinge bracelet will depend on the extent of the damage, so it is best to get a quote from the jeweler before proceeding.

To find a jeweler you trust, be sure to do thorough research. You can look online to find reviews and see examples of their successful repairs — before and after photos will be really helpful to get an idea of the jeweler’s work. Ask your friends and family for references and recommendations if you’re unsure where to begin or who to trust. Then take your bracelet to the jeweler you’ve selected, or make some phone calls to your top contenders so you can compare their pricing estimates and turnaround times. 

Replace the Bracelet

In some instances, a repair might not be possible. If the hinge bracelet can’t be fixed, you may need to consider replacing it altogether. This can be a difficult decision, especially if it holds sentimental value, but many jewelry brands make beautiful hinge bracelets that you may end up loving even more. You can also replicate the original bracelet by getting a custom design created by a professional jeweler. Find a photo of the bracelet when it was in good condition, or bring the broken piece to a jeweler so they have a visual to work from. 


Two different types of hinges

How to Prevent Future Damage

Of course, the best way to protect your hinge bracelet is to prevent the break from happening in the first place. Here are a few tips to help you keep your hinge bracelet in top condition:

  1. Handle your jewelry with care. Avoid bending or twisting your hinge bracelet as this can cause damage to the hinge mechanism or the bracelet itself.
  2. Store your jewelry properly. When you're not wearing your hinge bracelet, be sure to store it in a safe place away from other jewelry that may scratch or damage it.
  3. Clean your jewelry regularly. Dirt and grime can build up on your hinge bracelet over time, which can cause the hinge to become loose or break. Use a soft cloth and warm soapy water to keep your jewelry looking and working its best for a long time.
  4. Remove your jewelry before physical activity. As we mentioned earlier, physical activity can put extra stress on your jewelry and cause it to break or become damaged. Be sure to remove your hinge bracelet before engaging in any physical activity or sports.

A broken hinge bracelet can be frustrating, but there’s a good chance you can get it fixed without any headache or hassle. How? Just send your broken hinge bracelet to our team of experts at Quick Jewelry Repairs. We offer convenient and quick high quality repairs, so you can get back to wearing (and taking care of) your bracelet again in no time.

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