What to do with Unwanted or Damaged Jewelry
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What to do with Unwanted or Damaged Jewelry

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JULY 24, 2017

What to do with Unwanted or Damaged Jewelry


A woman usually owns about 50 to 100 pieces of jewelry; mostly earrings and bracelets. We women 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. I bet they are mostly earrings. Because they are easily accessible in any department store at very affordable prices and are typically used every day.   Jewelry tends to accumulate fast and most of the time the pieces are toss all together in a jewelry box and that is not good at all!

Why jewelry pieces are damaged?

The answer to this is a wrong storing system. Earrings tangled up easily with other pieces such as chains and wired jewelry pieces. Avoid getting them crunched up in small space wether drawers or boxes.

Sterling silver rust easily mostly because they are mixed with other non-silver metals like gold, nickel, zinc, palladium or platinum. In the other hand, stone jewelry is the least to break. However, stone chipped from been left in places that could potentially allow them to get broken. For example leaving a stone necklace on bathroom or kitchen counters, where they could fall or mishandle.

anti-tarnish tissue for jewelryUse ziplock bags to store your jewelry, if you don’t have a jewelry box. It is very beneficial to purchase anti-tarnish tissues to place in whatever jewelry storage place you use.

Preserve and Care for your precious pieces of jewelry:

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

Pinterest storage ideas link: https://www.pinterest.com/mayaestrella/jewelry-organizers/

Here some examples of typical jewelry organizers I found on various websites:

Jewelry Box by Bed Bath & Beyond – Toms Earring Holders on Etsy – Earrings Organizer by Glenor Co.

earring orgazinerjewelry box organizernecklace storage unitwatch organizer

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 donate to working women in need.
  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 ideas.
  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 a 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). 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 on 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. Make this a fun adventure and in turn, you might learn how to make jewelry.

Watch YouTube: lessons on how to repair an easy to do jewelry. There are tons of videos on this subject. Preview YouTube video on Broken Necklace Repair. Insane Video! Why didn’t I think of that https://youtu.be/qQJhWHgvmW0


or https://youtu.be/VruJtST-p7A

7. Chains are difficult to repair unless you are a craftsman, but I found many videos on how to repair them. One was using a needle thread to pass thru the open links in the chain, and then a thread tighten-together. I will suggest using a gold thread for gold chains and silver thread for silver chains.

8. 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 or for jewelry teachers.