Tuesday, 29 June 2010


I just added a spot of sparkle to my son's holiday wardrobe this weekend, cleaning his gold chain with hot soapy water and a toothbrush before he left today!

Items which are valuable or decidedly of an era will, no matter how passé, come back into vogue, so hang on to them. To hoard everything is impossible, so focus on what's special and store it well, as with this tip for chains!

Wrap jewellery in tissue paper to prevent tarnish and fade. Store in a box with compartments, so fittings do not crush.

Cuff-links are especially prone to poor treatment, lethal if you only wear them rarely and are dressing shortly before an event.

The National Association of Goldsmiths offers plenty of jewellery care tips and if you fancy trying basic repairs yourself, Andrew Berry has uploaded loads of clips like the above.

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