Fresh Beginnings: Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Jewellery Collection

Spring is in the air, and it’s that time of year when we all feel compelled to dust off the cobwebs of winter. So what better time to take stock of our jewellery collections and sort the pieces we love from those we no longer wear, and give our favourites a little TLC? Join us as we share our top tips for spring cleaning your jewellery collection ready for the lighter, brighter months ahead.

Assessment and organisation

The first step is to take some time to assess your jewellery collection. If you haven’t got to grips with jewellery storage, now is a good time to organise everything neatly so you can clearly see what you have.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to start sorting.

Create three categories:

1.  Wear all the time

2.  Wear occasionally

3.  Never wear

For those pieces that you never wear, collect any gold and consider taking them to your local jeweller to find out how much you could earn for scrap value.

The price of gold is currently high, so you may be surprised just how much spare cash is sitting in your jewellery box. You could use it to treat yourself to a new piece, or buy yourself something you’ve always wanted.

The big clean-up

Now you have your two core collections honed down, it’s time to give your pieces a good dose of TLC.

Jewellery cleaning methods will depend on the nature of the piece. Different techniques will be required for the likes of precious metals, gemstone pieces and delicate items.

Mild soap and water is surprisingly effective for most types of jewellery, whilst others will require specialist cleaning solutions or impregnated cloths.

For anything that is particularly tarnished, a visit to your local jeweller will be the order of the day. They’ll be able to use specialist techniques such as ultrasonic cleaning or rhodium plating to get your pieces looking as good as new again.

Jewellery maintenance

During the cleaning process, it’s good to take time to observe any maintenance issues with your jewellery.

Check for loose stones, inspect clasps and chains for wear, and give some thought to the way the jewellery has been stored, as this itself may have resulted in it becoming tarnished or damaged.

Wedding ring maintenance is particularly important, as you’ll want cherished pieces like these to look their best year-round. But really, you should be affording your entire collection the same treatment so that it’s primed and ready to wear whenever you need it.

Anything you spot that needs attention, collect up and take it along to your local jeweller. Opt for one who does repairs on the premises so you have that reassurance that your pieces are being properly looked after.

Update your style

Spring is a great time to refresh your jewellery collection – and your look – by adding new pieces that reflect your current style and preferences.

Consider it a new year for your jewellery, perhaps gifting or donating to charity any pieces that you no longer wear, seeing what you can earn for your scrap gold, and treating yourself to something new.

This process is sure to make you feel refreshed and geared up for the sunny season ahead.

Check valuations

The price of gold has escalated in recent years, and you may find that your jewellery collection has grown in value. This could mean that any pieces you have insured are inadequately covered.

It is therefore important to consider having your collection freshly valued, and check you have the right jewellery insurance.

Ready to spring clean your jewellery? Visit E.K. Jewellers in Hainault for repairs, professional cleaning and a wide choice of new and pre-loved pieces to boost your collection.

Here at E.K. Jewellers, we have been taking care of the jewellery cleaning and repair needs of our local customers for over 50 years. If you have any pieces that are in need of some TLC, you have some scrap gold you’d like a price for, or you just fancy treating yourself to something new, you are welcome to pop in to see us. We look forward to being of assistance!

Posted on by Ian Tubby.