It’s almost time again to start thinking about spring cleaning. Just like your home, your jewelry box deserves a little TLC too. When was the last time you organized your jewelry? Maybe you have too many pieces to keep up with, or you’ve been avoiding facing that broken string of pearls you keep tucked away at the bottom of your collection. Whatever the reason, now’s the time to take action. Here’s how to get started.
Start by assessing your collection for damaged, missing or unwanted jewelry. Check clasps, settings and links for any looseness or breaks. Determine which pieces can be salvaged and which ones are beyond repair. In many cases, jewelers may be able to repurpose old, damaged jewelry by using stones and accents to make new jewelry. Speak with a certified professional—like the ones at Reiner’s Fine Jewelry in Houston—to discuss your options.
Next, set aside any earrings with missing pairs and store them in a safe place. Keep them in a small pouch or ziploc bag to prevent losing any of the strays. You never know when a match will randomly turn up.
After you’ve sorted your jewelry pile, it’s time to look for pieces that you may no longer want or need. Are there any pieces you haven’t worn in over a year or more? Any that you can’t imagine yourself ever wanting to wear? If so, it might be time to part ways with these pieces. Consignment shops may be able to help you sell valuable pieces, and some jewelry stores offer to buy back precious stones.
Once you’ve taken stock of your jewelry and separated the pieces you want to keep, it’s time to make them like new again. After all, everything deserves to be pampered from time to time. Here are some basic cleaning tips you can use to keep your jewelry looking its best.
Use a dry, soft cloth to gently wipe off dirt and dust.
Keep diamonds sparkling by soaking them in a solution of water and mild dish soap.
To keep silver from tarnishing, put a piece of chalk in your jewelry box.
Avoid harsh chemicals and scrubbing, as they may scratch and damage soft metals and stones.
Fine jewelry should be cleaned every six months to prevent wear and ensure prongs are secure. Antique and delicate jewelry should be professionally cleaned to avoid damage.
How you store your jewelry will affect its longevity. If you’re constantly struggling with tangled necklaces or missing earrings, it may be time to upgrade your jewelry box or buy a new one. Jewelry trees, ring dishes and mesh earring hangers are great options for displaying less expensive pieces.
For your fine jewelry, you’ll want only the best to keep them looking fabulous. Armoires and jewelry boxes come in various sizes and styles and will help keep your space organized and clutter free.
Reiner’s Fine Jewelry in Houston, Texas, Can Make Your Pieces Like New Again
Old pieces needing a deep clean? Missing stones or outdated styles? Bring your jewelry by Reiner’s Fine Jewelry in Houston, Texas, and we can make it like new again.