We should probably get some of the jewellery lingo out of the way. Here are a couple of terms that I will be referring to in this blog;
Jump ring - an essential component when it comes to fixing jewellery. Jump rings allow you to connect different elements - such as clasps, pendants or earrings to your jewellery pieces.
Clasp - The clasp is essentially what merges the two ends of the necklace together, as I am sure you are all aware. There are several types of clasps as you will be able to see in the image below.
1. REPLACING BROKEN CLASP
The clasp sees the most use, hence it is more likely to break at this point. So essentially in this case, what we would have to do is replace the clasp.
Firstly, open the jump ring that is attached to the clasp, using two pairs of pliers to pry them apart. What we want to do is twist one hand forward and the other backward, to open up the jump ring. Remove the broken clasp and replace it with the new clasp. Once the clasp is on the jump ring, pick up your pliers and pull both sides of the jump ring towards each other. Make sure you give both sides of the jump ring a tight squeeze.
2. RE-SIZING RINGS
When it comes to ring sizes, obviously not one size fits all. A lot of the rings here at Nikita by Niki are already adjustable. When it comes to our rings, all you need to do is apply a bit of pressure. So whether you need to expand the ring or contract the ring, it is possible to do this at home. Our Edana ring is a great example of an adjustable ring.
3. MISSING STONE
Often times our jewellery ends up being tossed about and the precious stones come out. If you are able to find the missing stone(s), then it is extremely easy to fix. All you need is super glue and a pair of pliers. If you do not have any pliers, a steady pair of hands will do.
So in order to fix this dilemma, firstly we would get our super glue and drop the tiniest amount into the gap that is missing the stone. We would then get our pair of pliers, pick up the stone (make sure you have the correct side of the stone facing upwards) with the pliers and very carefully and slowly place the gem over the super glue. After making sure the stone is correctly placed, all you need to do is wait a few minutes and your jewellery should be good as new.
There are several options when it comes to removing tangles and knots from chains. The easiest way to prevent tangles is to hang your jewellery ( have a look at our beautiful marble jewellery tree stand below).
You could get a straight pin and gently pull out all the knots. If that does not work, then place the item of jewellery on a non-porous surface such as glass. Then proceed to pour several drops of baby oil (or any oil) onto the jewellery and use the pin to de-tangle your jewellery.
5. SKIN DISCOLOURATION
Often times a green stain can appear on your skin, from wearing certain jewellery. In this case, we are likely to jump to conclusions and assume that the quality of the material is cheap. However, this is not always the case.
In order to remove the discolouration on your skin, all you need is a warm cloth and some some of washing detergent. Firstly, moisten a wash cloth with warm water. Then proceed to add liquid soap to the cloth. Rub the washcloth on your skin until the discolouration improves.
Warning : If your skin turns green, grey or black you may have an allergy to the materials. It is best to get this checked by a doctor.
We all have pieces of jewellery that we have neglected over time. Often times, this can result in discolouration or tarnishing. In order to keep your jewellery in optimum condition, it is important to clean it regularly. Here are some tried and tested ways you could clean your jewellery;
- Baking soda & foil - Bring 1 litre of water, one teaspoon of baking soda and one piece of foil to a boil. Drop your silver jewellery into the pot for 10 seconds. If your jewellery is extremely tarnished you can leave it in there for a little longer. Then remove your jewellery with tongs and your jewellery should be good as new!
- Jewellery Polish - There are several products on the market that claim to clean your jewellery. If you are looking for something quick and easy why not check out Goddards Silver Polish - This product will help in removing any stains off your jewellery.
- Lemon juice - Due to the acidic nature of lemons, they are extremely beneficial when it comes to removing the build-up of tarnish on your jewellery. A lot of our products are sterling silver - which can become grey and dull overtime due to exposure. This method is very simple. All you need to do is mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with 1.5 cups of water and let your jewellery soak overnight. (Warning : Please do not use this on your white gold, gold or pearl pieces as the lemon juice can damage them).
When it comes to repairing any of our jewellery at home, if you are missing any small pieces, such as the jump ring or clasp, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Nikita by Niki. We would be more than happy to send these items out for you :).