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assorted items of jewellery

Jewellery /jewelry related tips 

from Sarah Nicholson

  • To make it easier to untangle a knotted necklace chain, dip it in a little cooking or baby oil.


  • Re-string a bead necklace or bracelet using fishing line, which is easy to thread, inconspicuous and very strong.
  • Keep the hinged gift boxes in which you receive jewellery. Remove the interior cardboard/padding and use for storing similar items of jewellery together (for example, all pearl items).
empty jewellery box
  • If you drop and can’t find a small earring or fastener, secure a piece cut from an old pair of tights/pantyhose over the end of your vacuum cleaner pipe with a rubber band. Vacuum over the area and the earring will stick to the tights/pantyhose.
empty ice cube trays
  • An ice cube tray can be used for separating small items such as earrings and brooches. It can be cut to size to fit your jewellery box.
  • Stop fine chain necklaces from becoming tangled by storing them threaded through a drinking straw, cut to the correct length to allow the necklace to be fastened.


  • Make sure you spray perfume before, not after, you put your jewellery on. Perfume can “cloud” jewellery, particularly pearls.
  • To make your jewellery sparkle, mix 1 part ammonia to two parts hot water and soak for 15 minutes. Gently scrub around settings with an old toothbrush to loosen stubborn dirt. Rinse in warm water and dry with a lint-free cloth. 

Do not use this method for pearls.

ring with large rectagular stone


Useful tips on how to clean antique jewellery / jewelry.






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