How to Breathe New Life into Your Old Jewellery Collection

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Jewellery is expensive, and you might not be able to afford a whole new collection whenever you feel like it. However, there are loads of ways to breathe new life into pieces that you've owned for years.

By following the steps below, you'll feel like you have a whole new set of jewellery to wear without having to spend a fortune. Repairing old pieces that have been sitting around gathering dust, having ill-fitting jewellery altered and buying a new box to keep everything safe and organised will be a fun and satisfying process. Get ready to rediscover some old treasures.

Have repairs carried out

It doesn't matter how big or small a repair is — a local jeweller will be happy to help. Depending on your budget and the size of your collection, you may want jewellery repair for only a selection of pieces. The cheapest repairs include fixing broken clasps, untangling knotted chains and restringing pearls or beads.

More involved repairs cost more but will still usually be cheaper than buying a new piece of jewellery. If you have a ring or necklace with stones missing, then most stores will provide a 'stone matching' service and can replace the stone with one that's nearly identical to the original. This is a great way to enjoy an old piece of jewellery again with a subtle change. For gold jewellery that's lost its shine, rhodium plating is an excellent way to bring it back.

Get old jewellery resized

If you've owned certain pieces for a long time, chances are they might not fit anymore. Most jewellers are able to easily resize rings, and you can go to the store to be measured for exactly the right size. Earrings can also be adapted, which is great if you used to wear clip-on earrings but now prefer pierced or vice versa. Bracelets can also be altered to fit your wrists, either by adding links or restringing, depending on the style of bracelet. Pendants can be attached to new chains, which is ideal if you prefer necklaces longer or shorter than you did in the past.

Buy a new jewellery box

Once you've got your collection just the way you want it, you'll need to ensure that it's kept in good condition. Buying a large jewellery box with multiple sections will help you to keep pieces safe and organised. Diamond jewellery should always be kept separate, as it can scratch other pieces. Necklaces should be hung carefully to avoid tangling, and brightly coloured pieces should be kept away from the sun to prevent fading. Choose a box that's lined with soft velvet to avoid dents or scratches.

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