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What to do with Unwanted or Damaged Jewelry

 JULY 24, 2017


Women usually own about 50 to 100 pieces of jewelry; mostly earrings and bracelets. We love to buy jewelry all the time whether it's for a special occasion or just to have a new piece of jewelry to wear. Mostly they are earrings as they complement any dress easily and are beautiful, easily accessible in any department store. You pass by the jewelry section, and there they are, by the bundle, displays after displays of earrings. Great! No problem. What happens is that jewelry accumulates and most of the time the pieces are put in a jewelry box. All pieces (new and old) tossed together in one drawer, and that is not good at all!  

Why jewelry pieces get damaged? 

The answer to this is a wrong storing system. Earrings which tend to get tangled up easily with other pieces and necklaces that have wires, they get twisted if not properly placed. Avoid getting them crunched up in small space weather is in drawers or boxes or mixed with other pieces. Sterling silver gets rusted for lack of anti-tarnish material or possibly because they are mixed with other non silver metals like gold, nickel, zinc, palladium or platinum. Stones are easy to break or chipped from been left in places that could potentially allow them to be scratched or fall apart like on top of a dresser, or bathroom counter.  We will have articles related to storing jewelry properly.  Use ziplock bags to store them if you don't have a jewelry box. Stones require different cleaning methods based on their hardiness.  I am showing here some examples of typical jewelry organizers I found on various websites. 

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Jewelry Box by Bed Bath & Beyond - TomsEarringHolders on Etsy - Earrings Organizer by Glenor Co


Here is a list of things you can do with your old, unwanted or damaged jewelry pieces.

  1. Donate them to an organization that has the ability to reconstruct and in turn be donated  to working 
  2. Hire a friend that makes jewelry or any other jewelry crafty person, for a small price they might reconstruct your pieces or come out with new
  3. Take your most wanted broken pieces of jewelry to a repair store. Now you must know that this can be pricy. But if you have expensive pieces like pearls, gold or gemstones it may be worth it to pay the price. I suggest you budget yourself and take one piece every month to be repaired.  This will avoid having to pay large amount of money at one time unless you can make a deal with the jeweler for multiple repairs like a bundle package
  4. Gold and silver can be melted (not together) and another piece be made from it or keep the melted jewelry as a gold or silver bar.  Depending on how much gold was melted the bar could be very valuable and could be turned into cash. This has to be done by a professional unless you are knowledgeable in melting precious metals.
  5. There are banks and businesses that will give you money for your old jewelry no matter their condition. Take your pieces especially the gold to see how much you will get for it. Diamonds and gemstones are precious pieces to turn in for cash. Silver will depend of the current value in the sterling silver market. 
  6. Try to learn how to repair your own Sometimes the piece may just need an adjustment, or a hook or a piece of crystal, diamond or stone.  Watch YouTube: lessons in how to repair an easy to do jewelry. There are tons of videos on this subject.
  7. Chains are difficult to repair unless you are a craftsman, but I found many videos on how to repair One was using a needle thread to pass thru the open links in the chain, and then a thread tightentogether. I will suggest using gold thread for gold chains and silver thread for silver chains. 
  8. YouTube has videos as well on how to repair earrings, mostly brake on the hook and are the easiest to fix.
  9. Donate them to the Salvation Army, place them in individual ziplock bags and donate them. Mention that they are damaged and need repair. Most of the time these items are bought by jewelry crafters.

Preview YouTube video on: Broken Necklace Repair. Insane Video! Why didn't I think of that? Quick jewelry repair. Watch video- repairing a chain with a thread:

 Preserve and Care for your precious pieces of jewelry:

Clean your rusted or tarnish silver or stone or gold with special solutions that you can purchase in stores. Never use harsh solutions on gold or silver.  Invest in a jewelry cleaner machine; cost is very affordable.



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