March 22, 2011

How To Fix Jewelry

I had to break for 30x30, but the How-To posts are back! If there's something you want to see, leave a comment and let me know.
Over the years I've had to repair quite a few pieces of costume jewelry so I thought I'd put together a post of the most common issues I've had and some tips and tricks for handling them. This is for inexpensive, costume jewelry. If you ever have a problem with fine jewelry, I'd recommend taking it back to the jeweler you purchased it from!


Loose Stones
Anytime you but something with rhinestones, you run the risk of them falling out. I bought this ring while we were out of town and I think 2 of the stones fell out before we got back home. All you need to do is put a coat of clear fingernail polish on top of the stones to hold them in place and you won't lose any. (Pretty sure I got this tip from A.Co est. 1984!)


Broken or Missing Stones
If you can fix a piece of jewelry by gluing the stone or piece back on, do that with some Krazy Glue. Sometimes you can't, or you lost it. In that case, especially with earrings, "break" the other one so they'll match again. See the 2 stones at the top of this pair of earrings? There was a 3rd above them. One fell out and I couldn't find it, so I just took the other one off so they'd match again. 


Broken Links
This has probably been my most common jewelry problem. The link holding that elephant pendant on? The original one was cracked.
The 2nd chain on this long necklace? It broke off and was just hanging. Luckily this type of thing is extremely easy to fix.
Michael's, or any craft store, has packs of links and jump rings and they're really cheap. Find whatever is the closest match to the jewelry you're trying to fix. 


What are the most common jewelry problems you've had? If you have any tips and tricks to share, leave them in a comment so everyone can see!

33 comments:

Kristin said...

Love these tips, especially coating stones with clear polish. I'd never have thought of that! I do need to pick up some new links for a necklace I broke last week... thanks for the reminder!

- Kristin, Relatively Chic

Josie said...

That rhinestone tip is BRILLIANT! I love it.
xo Josie
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Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

These are great tips! I never thought about putting on clear nail polish to keep the rhinestones from falling out!

Carolyn said...

my jewelry always break because i toss them around so carelessly :( but good tip about the loose stones! thanks!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

great tips! I pretty much throw away my rhinestone ones ones they fall out, hahah. I always forget the nail polish trick!

Claire said...

thank you for this. very helpful. especially since i often buy cheap jewelry at forever 21. i also have to polish a lot because when you buy cheap jewelry it turns color :(

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this free bird said...

Hey that's a rad nail polish tip. I've never heard that before, but totally going to try it. If I don't end up drinking the nail polish while doing the shred. hahahaha!!

xo,
C

Anja said...

Thanks a lot for the tips! I knew about clear nail polish for jewellery, but I use it on fake silver rings. They always lose their color and then you have these black streaks on your fingers. I put the clear polish on the ring and redo it after some time (like half a year when wearing them often).

Collette Osuna said...

Great tips..I keep a container of jump rings, just in case:)

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Ahh clear fingernail polish - great tip!

My jewelry can get pretty bent and beat up. I need really good tweezers and links!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

sharonlei said...

Ahhh definitely great tips Katie. Thanks for sharing. :)

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Julie and Lauren said...

Nail polish saves the day! Great tips : )
Xx

Courtney Erin said...

I've got to try that clear nail polish trick - I have several pieces with loose stones!

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Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh great tips! I never would have thought to break the other one to match if something broke, haha
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Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i am always losing stones...i did the "break the other one" tip too! :)

Marie said...

Great tips!:D

Mine would be loose stones.

***** Marie *****
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Megan said...

yay good post! i am always breaking jewelry! normally i just throw it away, but if a stone falls out and is black, i just fill in with a sharpie marker. LOL...so this will definitely help!

<3 megan

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Amy Stewart said...

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Great tips! Thanks for sharing. And yes, I had a really fun weekend!!! :)

Bruna said...

I wish I have the patience to fix my bijoux!

Valerie said...

The clear nail polish thing is genius! I'm definitely going to do this.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What great tips!! I really like this post. Seems there is always at least one piece of jewelry that needs fixing.

janettaylor said...

Gorgeous tips!

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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Great tips. I can so use them. I never repair my jewelry and it's a real shame. Thanks :)

la petite coquine said...

What great advice! I'm always losing earring backs, so I have gold and silver backings hiding at the back of my jewelry box for emergencies!

Taj Acosta said...

reminds me, I have some earrings to glue, some chains to fix and a bead that is missing! uggh!

Ashleigh said...

Whoa super helpful. I need to coat my newest bow necklace in clear polish = I'd hate to lose a stone out of this sucker!

A Fine Balance said...

Thank you so much for the tips!

Jess said...

I actually have a drawerful of jewelry that needs to be fixed! Thanks for the tips!!!

Jess said...

Great tips! I have a pair of pearl earrings where the pearl keeps falling off...they're real too, so its really starting to piss me off!!! haha

Laura said...

Great post Katie!! I love the tip on loose stones. I have that problem all the time, and had no idea how to prevent it.

Elizabeth said...

I love that snake pendant! I had some vintage brooches that were missing stones and I clasped them to a black satin evening bag and they look perfectly distressed!

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