How to spring clean your jewellery collection
As the springtime continues and summer begins to approach, it’s natural to feel like you want to start anew. And, one of the most popular and effective ways to scratch this itch is by having a spring clean. You might already be thinking about clearing out your wardrobe and kitchen cupboards, but have you given your jewellery collection some thought?
Many of us are guilty of collecting pieces and pieces of jewellery, without really thinking about what we already have at home. Plus, it’s very easy to hold on to tarnished or broken accessories that you know you won’t wear in their current state.
To help give your jewellery collection a new lease of life, we’re put together this blog post, which will talk you through decluttering your collection, cleaning the pieces you want to keep, and how you can ensure you make the best possible buying decisions in the future.
Declutter your collection first
Do you wear or have a sentimental tie to every accessory in your jewellery collection? If not, it’s time to think about making space for newer pieces that you’ll get more joy out of owning. Going through your collection piece by piece could also help you to rediscover some forgotten gems that you still love.
The best way to thoroughly declutter your jewellery collection is by taking every accessory out of your jewellery box and looking at them all together. You can start by taking out any pieces that you no longer want — depending on their condition, these can then be sold, donated, or given to friends and family. Here at Ramsdens Jewellery, we will happily buy your gold, even if it’s damaged or unhallmarked.
It’s also worth considering whether you seem to have multiple pieces that are quite similar. For example, if you have several fine silver chains, and most of them don’t get enough attention, consider just holding onto your favourite.
If you have jewellery made from precious metals and gemstones that just don’t suit your style anymore, it’s also worth thinking about whether you could ask a jeweller to turn them into something that you would actually wear. This is an especially great idea if you have any sentimental pieces that you would like to wear more frequently.
Clean all of the pieces that make the cut
Once you’ve decided which pieces you’re going to keep and wear, it’s a good idea to clean them so they look good as new. This is especially true if you have accessories that have been left to gather dust for a while. Of course, your jewellery can be sent to a specialist to be professionally cleaned, but you can actually get great results at home.
Different metals need to be treated differently, so it’s vital that you work out what your jewellery is made from before cleaning it. Generally, silver jewellery can be shined with a high-quality silver polish, which will help to bring it back to life if it’s looking tarnished. Solid gold pieces, on the other hand, can be washed very gently with some warm water and a drop of dish soap. Just make sure you’re especially gentle with any pieces that feature gemstones and pearls, as they can be extra fragile.
You will also have to take a bit more care with cheaper costume jewellery that hasn’t been made from precious metals. Dip a clean cloth into a warm water and dish soap solution, and then wipe any parts that are looking dirty. You should then dry it off as soon as possible to prevent problems such as rust.
Take broken pieces to be repaired
If you have any broken pieces that you wish you could still wear, arrange for them to be fixed! It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Most professional jewellers will be able to fix broken chains, replace missing gemstones, or even turn a piece of old jewellery into something new.
Put some extra thought into your future purchases
Once you’ve worked through your existing collection, you’ll have a much better idea of what kinds of jewellery you actually enjoy wearing, and what you already have enough of. So, going forward, you should be able to make better purchasing decisions.
We would also recommend investing a little bit more in high-quality and timeless pieces that you’re likely to love and wear for years to come. This also means that you could sell these accessories on, either to a jewellery or individual, if you do get bored of them after a while.
Pay attention to which metals and gemstones you gravitate the most towards, too, as you should look out for these whenever you’re thinking about adding a new piece to your collection. Sticking to what you know and like will help you to create a fantastic range of jewellery that you adore.
If the springtime is making you feel like you want to declutter your home, make sure you don’t forget about your jewellery box! And, if you take these tips on board, you’ll be left with a collection that you get plenty of joy and wear out of.If you would like more inspiration or advice, you can also check out the rest of our blog, as well as our jewellery and watch guides.