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Tricks to fix your jewellery until you can take it to a jeweller

We all have our favourite pieces of jewellery. However, over time they may tarnish or break and there is not always an opportunity to have them repaired straight away. Here are some quick temporary fixes until you can get them professionally mended.

To untangle a chain

if a chain has become tangled over time, dip it into baby powder to release the knots. Just sprinkle some baby powder onto a plate and dip the chain into it. This should loosen the knot and you can then use a pin to untangle it. There may still be some kinks in the chain though that only a professional can correct if you want it to look its best.

Repairing a broken chain

Broken chains are a common problem. If this is an issue with a favourite piece, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a quick solution: fishing line can be used to carry out a quick repair. You’ll find directions here.

Tarnished silver

You know that favourite piece of silver jewellery that has tarnished with age? If you can’t get it professionally polished, using toothpaste could give it back its shine. There are instructions in this video.

Give your diamonds back their sparkle

Diamonds can be cleaned with a toothbrush and soap; dishwashing liquid is often suggested but make sure it is very mild. Dip the diamond into the water for no more than a minute and clean it gently with a toothbrush.

Or you could blend baking soda with water to form a paste to polish your stone. Make sure that you rinse it carefully afterwards.

Jewellery that can’t be repaired

What if your jewellery can’t be mended? Don’t despair – turn it into something new. Use the components to create a whole new piece of jewellery, your very own.

While it’s always advisable to speak to a gemmologist when your jewellery needs repairing, these quick tips will provide a temporary fix. Be careful not to damage the piece and, before cleaning it, check that the method is suitable.

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