Make Your Jewelry Shine

Have you looked through your jewelry box lately? Do you wear all the jewelry you have? Do you have to wade through your jewelry to find the piece you want? When it comes to organizing and maintaining jewelry, it is important not to neglect your collection. Each piece of jewelry should have a home, be stored properly and maintained regularly.

So, where do you start?

The following are some helpful tips to organizing and maintaining your jewelry.

  • Look through your jewelry and narrow it down to a manageable amount by handing some down to relatives or selling unwanted items. Find a reputable jeweler to buy any gold, jewelry, diamonds and other gems that you no longer want. You may be able to use the proceeds toward other finished jewelry at the jewelry store or redeem it for cash.
  • Remember that real jewelry is always in style and should be easily accessible. Costume jewelry goes in and out of style and those styles change so go through and purge every year.
  • There are several jewelry organizing options based on your collection and storage space. Examples include: jewelry wall racks; stackable organizers with small compartments if you have drawer space; hanging jewelry organizers to store in a closet; acrylic storage chest with drawers; or you can use things you have around the house such as suction cups hooks or regular hooks to hang pieces.

While finding proper ways to organize and store your jewelry is important, so is taking care of your jewelry. Julie Haack, president of Donald Haack Diamonds and Fine Gems in Charlotte recommends the following helpful hints for cleaning and caring for your jewelry.

  • Soak diamonds and certain other harder gems for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and 1/4 cup dish soap. Gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush and be sure to get into the small areas between the diamond and the setting. Rinse with warm water and use a tissue to dry.
  • Avoid using any harsh cleaning solutions on pearls. Instead, use a lint-free cloth to wipe pearls after each wear. Always put on pearls after applying hairspray, perfume and make-up.
  • Do not store pearls in a safety deposit box because of lack of moisture. Also do not store pearls next to gold or metal jewelry to avoid scratching the pearls.
  • Only certain gems can withstand ultrasonic cleaners, so be sure to check with your jeweler before using one.
  • Have your jeweler check for loose stones every three to six months.
  • When wearing rings, avoid contact with chlorinated pools or household cleaning products containing chlorine bleach. If a rash appears on your ring finger, visit your jeweler for a complimentary cleaning and ring inspection before you go to your dermatologist.
  • Plan on professionally cleaning your jewelry every three months. Even if you clean your fine jewelry at home, be sure to bring them to a jeweler at least once a year to thoroughly clean them.
  • When in doubt, always check with your jeweler about proper care and handling of your jewelry.
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