Jewellery Care & Repair
There are several ways to prolong the life of your jewellery and keep it looking it’s best. Especially jewellery that has porous stones like turquoise or delicate materials like pearls, shell, coral or amber.
- Avoid spraying your jewellery with perfume or getting lotion on it. They say your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
- Do not wear it in the pool or hot tub and don’t put it away wet if it gets wet.
- Store your jewellery in separate plastic baggies to protect it from oxidization, especially sterling silver which tarnishes very quickly. Separating things also keeps them from scratching each other.
- Do not wear your jewellery when you are participating in sports or roughhousing if you can avoid it. Watch out for babies and toddlers! They love jewellery :)
- Keep an eye on beading wire and clasps, prongs on settings and open jump rings… most everything will break or need to be restrung eventually through normal wear and tear. If you catch it before it breaks, you won’t lose any pieces.
- When wearing a longer necklace be aware of how it swings around. It can smash into counters, coffee tables or get hooked on things.
- Avoid dropping your jewellery on hard surfaces! Large stones can break, smalls stones can pop out of their settings and glass beads can get chipped. Bathroom tiles are very unforgiving so I always take my jewellery off on my carpet…This brings me to the tale of woe!
Before the Incident
Sarah and I made these some time ago after a bead shopping trip we went on. Sometime later that evening I received a text message from Sarah. She had gotten home and when she was taking her bracelet off, it fell onto the tile floor and one of the beads broke:( Larger flat stones are susceptible to this sort of breakage. I said I would try to fix it up. I have had success in the past with gluing big beads back together. Your other option would be replacing it altogether, which would mean restringing. Sarah opted for the glue as this bead has a nice pattern on it.
There’s two different types that I would use. One is called E-6000 and is quite toxic smelling and the other is called Bead Fix, which I think is just crazy glue from the smell of it...also toxic smelling. Use either in a well ventilated area! The benefit of E-6000 is that it is flexible.
The repaired bead is not obvious when it is in with the others. So we will see how this bead holds up with the glue. I have glued a jasper bead together before and it is still stuck together and looks fine, so it is possible.