How to restore old jewelry
By Jeff Lakie
Over the years you can acquire a lot of jewelry. Some of it you may
not wear very often, while some of it might be appropriate for
everyday where. So what do you do with the rest of it? Here are some
ideas for you.
1. First, get all of it cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner at a jewelry
store. This will help restore its luster and may revive an old
piece you had fallen out of love with.
2. Next, separate the pieces you own into three piles: The pile
you always wear, the pile you wear on special occasions, and
the pile you never wear. For the last pile, don't feel badly
about putting jewelry in that pile. Just because you probably
won't wear it doesn't mean that it doesn't have sentimental
value for you. Very shortly you will find a way to enjoy it. But
just hold on and let's deal with the other piles first.
3. With the first pile, the pile you always wear, you can keep
them in a place that is convenient for you on your dresser. If
there are pieces that you rotate, and you're concerned that
they may go missing if your house were ever broken into,
consider getting a hidden compartment safe built into your
home. For example, get a safe that looks like a regular
electrical outlet where you can keep your regular jewelry away
from an intruder if they were to get in.
4. With the second pile, the pile you only wear on special
occasions, identify if you wear them with a certain outfit. If you
do, put them in a plastic bag and put the bag in the pocket of
that outfit. That way, you don't have to worry about it until it
comes time to wear the outfit, then you can pull out the bag
and put on the jewelry.
5. With the last pile, the pile you likely won't wear, there are a
few ideas you can use. First, you can find great joy in giving
the jewelry to someone else, like your daughter or a special
niece. Jewelry is beautiful and sentimental but is made even
more special when passed from one person to another. For
some of the other jewelry, take it to a frame store and see if
they can put it into a shadow box. You'll be amazed at some
of the things they can do with frames and shadow boxes and
will really make your special jewelry even more special, and
available for everyone to enjoy!
About the Author
Jeff Lakie is the founder of Jewelry Information a website providing information on Jewelry
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