Caution: Be Careful With The Family Jewels

Does your dream look like my jewelry box?

Lots of potential on the outside, and really sparkly but a total jumble on the inside?

As part of my dream progress as a jewelry designer and serial entrepreneur, I thought I’d take you on a tour of my own jewelry box mess and help you take better care of your dream jewelry.

Following our dreams needs to be about taking care of  the things which support our dreams too.  One of my dreams just happens to involve jewelry.

I have several jewelry boxes, bowls, and piles of sparkling things. They aren’t filled with glamorous stuff, but a few choice pieces are kept for safe keeping. The rest of it is not really taken care of. Which is ridiculous since I make couture jewelry.

So what should you do with grandmothers pearls, and those gorgeous emerald earrings? Even your day to day costume jewelry needs love.

OK, those aren't my real pearls

Here are a few tips for jewelry care:

  • Store separately to it doesn’t scratch other jewelry – see my really bad example to the right
  • Take your rings off when you clean the house, garden, and especially make bread. I learned the hard way trying to get dough out from under my wedding ring setting.
  • Wait until after applying makeup or hairspray to put on the sparkles.
  • Don’t swim with any jewelry – chlorine does nasty stuff like cause damage that may make them fall out of their settings.
  • Remove jewelry before contact sports, like sex.
  • Store all your shiny stuff away from heat. This includes your car dashboard.
  • Always keep any knotted necklaces flat since the silk thread can stretch over time. This applies to those pearls.

Why do some items get scratched?

Gemstones have a hardness rating, and one of my favorites, emeralds, can be scratched really easily. Another no-no is sun damage. Did you know that most gems will get lighter with too much sun, and some may even change color?

Have you ever lost a stone from a ring? My first experience was losing, not 1 but 3 diamonds from my first wedding ring. They were super small, but were a huge pain to replace. Check your ring mounts, since they can get worn down.

How do you know they are getting loose? If the stones wiggle, or even worse rattle, have it checked out. Most jewelers can even re-tip the prongs to keep the stones safe.

LOVE this jewelry box - I inherited it from my step-mom who got it in China.

If things have been sitting around a while, a few items may need a polish.

Sterling silver jewelry can be polished up by rubbing gently with a soft cotton cloth. You can keep this work down to a minimum by keeping sterling in a sealed plastic bag.

Don’t do this with your pearls. . . plastic and pearls is bad.

What sparkley things do you have hanging around? Are you taking care of them? Got any jewelry care or repair questions I can help with?

Leave your comments and I’ll be checking back to offer assistance.

Be sure to watch out for your family jewels this week ~

Heather

PS. If you are interested, I’ve done a few other posts about my jewelry business dream. They are Top 5 Inspirational Jewelry Designers; How To Pick Colors For Your Jewelry and How To Choose a Jewelry Pattern. Enjoy!

Heather Montgomery jewelr designerHeather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, which are crafted by her. Her newly launched sites are couture jewelry available through For Your Adornment, and Twitter background designs on Twitter And Beyond Dot Com. She also teaches Social Media tactics for business, besides being CEO of her own web design company. Heather’s post day is Thursday.

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  • ana maria

    Have you ever made a jewelry organizer from scratch?

    • Heather, the e-commerce builder

      I actually have! Well kind of from scratch. The top photo in the post is actually from my semi-home made jewelry box.

      I picked up a plain hinged box at a craft store and used an old slip (yes… I used to use them!) with some scrap fabric glued in to make the separate ring sections and “pocket” in the lid.

      This is for jewelry once it’s done of course. For my jewelry supplies… that’s a whole other post!

  • eddie

    Nice post. I like your blog. It’s a little confusing at first because I could not tell if I was reading dream stories or getting instructions on dream achievement. Maybe women find jewelry a dreamy thing? All in all a great idea.

  • Rayne

    Jewelry boxes are ripe for deep metaphors – – especially when we dig down to the mother and grandmother stash. Thanks for reminding us that we need to be kinder to our pearls. It’s the least we can do when they do so much for us!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Busy girl that you are, I think the jewelry should just take care of itself!

  • Toni Schram

    Sounds like you looked into my jewelry box for some of your research. Thanks for the tips.

    Laurie and I were talking about getting our shit together in regards to all our unused jewelry. She brought me to a jeweler who takes your stuff on consignment. It’s time for me to get rid of a lot of jewelry that I no longer wear, but someone else may enjoy.

    I’m always on the lookout for new stuff. I hear some chick sells some fine jewelry from a Co. called FYA…

    Great blog!

    Toni