Five Jewellery Jobs for the New Year
As the New Year rolls around once more, our thoughts turn to the year ahead and all the things we should be doing. As well as the usual resolutions you may make, there are a few jewellery jobs and repairs that you should think about doing on a regular basis.
Why not make some of your jewellery jobs part of your New Year’s resolution? Some jobs are quick and simple, and are carried out by local jewellers as routine jewellery repairs on the premises. Barkingside customers can visit EK Jewellers for the following jobs this year:
1. Check Beaded Necklaces and Bracelets
Pearls and other beads need regular restringing. Make it part of your New Year resolution to check any delicate strands of pearls or precious stones, and if necessary, take them to a local jeweller to have them restrung on the premises.
Signs that your pearls need restringing include:
- Uneven gaps between pearls
- Dirty or ‘fuzzy’ knots, or pearls that have
slipped over the top of knots
- Your necklace has become longer than it was
to begin with
If you see any of the above signs, take it to your local jewellers to be checked, and they will often be able to restring it for you on site, too.
2. Check White Gold Jewellery
If you own any white gold jewellery, check it regularly for signs of yellowing. If your piece has turned a pale yellow-gold colour rather than its usual silver, it will need its rhodium plating replaced. A local jeweller will be able to do this for you.
3. Have your Watch Serviced
OK, you might not need your watched serviced every year, but if you haven’t had it done in a while, you might want to add this to your list of New Year jewellery jobs. If you’re not sure how often you should have it serviced, check the manufacturer’s recommendations, or seek advice from a local jeweller.
4. Check for Loose Stones
If you own any jewellery which has stones set within it, then it’s a good idea to check that those stones are secure every now and again.
You can gently use your finger nail to check for any movement; if you’re in any doubt a all that your stones are secure, take them to a your jeweller so that a professional can cast an eye over them. It’s better to get them checked early than to lose a precious stone.
5. Audit your Jeweller Drawer
The New Year is as good a time as any to take stock of your jewellery. Do you own pieces which you no longer wear? Are there classics missing from your collection?
Perhaps it’s time to invest in some key pieces for the year ahead, or alternatively, why not have pieces that you no longer wear remodelled into something that you would wear? You’ll be amazed at how pieces can be transformed with the knowledge and input of a skilled jeweller!
Opting for any of these jobs this year will stand you in good stead for the year ahead. Always use a jeweller that carries out jewellery repairs on the premises. Chigwell residents can take their jewellery to EK Jewellers, where it will be in the hands of an experienced professional and also be repaired on site, so there’s no risk of loss during transit.
Start your jewellery year as you mean to go on, to get the best out of your jewellery in 2016!