While there is often a push to purchase new and trending items, when it comes to jewellery some of the most stunning pieces can be those that you’ve had for years. For some, they may be lucky enough to have jewellery that has been passed down through generations and the pieces are just calling out to get worn and enjoyed all over again. The problem is that with time, these once-treasured pieces of jewellery can start to look old, tarnished and far from stylish.
With these tips you’ll be able to breathe new life into your treasured jewellery, making it feel like new once again. So let’s take a closer look at some of the ways you can accomplish just that.
A Professional Cleaning Can Transform Treasured Pieces
A great place to start with family heirlooms or pieces you’ve kept for years is with professional cleaning. While there are many cleaning products you can purchase at shops to use at home, they simply can’t do the job of professional cleaning. Keep in mind that some of the jewellery you have may need special care, and you want to be sure nothing ends up damaged. A jeweller will know the best and safest ways to get your pieces back to like-new condition.
Moving forward, it’s wise to clean your jewellery regularly so that it never needs a deep clean again. Keeping the pieces free of dust, dirt, grime and oils is imperative.
Re-Set or Re-Design the Pieces
Sometimes it’s not about the jewellery showing its age, rather it’s just not your style. Maybe it was a family heirloom and it doesn’t really work with your tastes, or perhaps it looks dated thanks to the metal used, the stones or even the settings. Before you write it off, why not consider re-setting and re-designing the piece? Jewellers can work with you to make your ideas come to life and design a custom piece that still makes use of the jewellery but turns it into something you love and will wear.
Don’t Put Off Repairs
Another tip is to not put off repairs. If your jewellery has become damaged or broken, there’s no reason to put it away at the back of a drawer somewhere, rather take it in for a professional repair. Making sure you repair the piece promptly also ensures nothing else will get broken, or worse yet, lost from the piece.
If you’re unsure of whether a piece needs repairing, such as a loose stone or other such issues, it’s best to stop wearing the piece until you can get it looked at.
Mix and Match Pieces for a Unique Look
It’s easy to look at a piece and see it worn in one specific way, but it’s worth stepping outside your comfort zone once in a while. Just because a piece may feel classic and traditional doesn’t mean it can’t be mixed with something more modern and contemporary. Breathing new life into your jewellery should include breaking down barriers in terms of where and how you wear your jewellery.
Storage Is Key to Keeping Jewellery Looking Spectacular
Now that you’ve spent the time to rethink how you wear your jewellery and breathe life into your treasured pieces, you want to be sure they stay in like-new condition. Look for proper jewellery storage that will keep items out of direct sunlight, won’t allow dust and dirt to build up on the pieces, and can sit in a way that they don’t become tangled with other items.
If you need any help reimaging your treasured jewellery we invite you to visit us at Martins of Glasgow, where we specialise in all things jewellery-related. We can work with you to transform pieces into unique works of art.