Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga will add jewellery repairs to services at the Sustainable Activity Centre in Wodonga on December 3, 2016

SHINY THINGS: Retired jeweller Hans Kaspers will offer free repairs at the Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga in Wodonga on Saturday. Depending on demand, jewellery repairs will be offered throughout 2017. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

SHINY THINGS: Retired jeweller Hans Kaspers will offer free repairs at the Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga in Wodonga on Saturday. Depending on demand, jewellery repairs will be offered throughout 2017. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

HANS Kaspers became a jeweller quite by chance.

He taught himself jewellery-making from a $1 book he picked up at a Dean Street store.

Having been a surveyor in The Netherlands before migrating to Albury, he worked in other fields before opening a jewellery manufacturing business in 1993.

Mr Kaspers will offer repairs at Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga on Saturday.

“We seem to live in a throw-away society, I see the repair cafe as an opportunity to save people money and reduce landfill,” he said.

Jewellery repairs will include misshapen rings, removal of scratches on metal and tightening of claws and bezels holding stones. It will not include retipping claws or replacing lost stones.

Long-time cafe supporter Lynne Keys will repair costume jewellery.

“It’s quite rewarding to bring a favourite piece of costume jewellery back to life,” she said.

The repair cafe operates at the Sustainable Activity Centre in Wodonga from 10am until 1pm on the first Saturday of the month excluding January.

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