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21 Ways To Make Your Broken & Boring Jewelry Sparkle Again

Don't get forced into wearing the one-earring trend because you lost the other one.

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1. Pack necklaces with a straw to prevent tangling.

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2. If necklaces are too thick for the straw method, use Press'n Seal saran wrap.

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3. Sprinkle already knotted chains with baby powder to untangle more easily.

And use a pin for added precision.

4. Use silicon adhesive for a DIY way to make a ring smaller.

No cutting and soldering here! This trick is both easy and reversible.

5. Prevent tarnishing and turning your skin green by painting costume jewelry with clear nail polish.

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6. And keep the gold from chipping off costume jewelry with clear gloss acrylic spray.

7. Give clear jewelry a boost of color with a coat of nail polish.

8. Transform boring jewelry with colored enamel spray.

9. Fix cheap broken chains with fishing line.

If the chain is too small to fix with pliers, just try out this simple fix.

10. Use a button to keep pairs of earrings together.

Don't get forced into wearing the one-earring trend because you lost the other one.

11. Put bracelets on by yourself using a paper clip.


12. Turn your necklace into a headband by adding an elastic hair tie.

It even converts back to a necklace! Get the full tutorial here.

13. If you drop a small earring, ring, or shiny object turn off all lights and use a flashlight.

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Stop crawling around on the floor! The stones or metal will reflect the light beam right back to you.

14. Prevent silver from tarnishing by placing chalk in your jewelry box.

Use this household silverware hack for your jewelry! Chalkboard chalk absorbs moisture, keeping your silver from tarnishing. Be sure to change the chalk every few months for the best results.

15. If your silver is already tarnished, clean it up with toothpaste.

For best results, use tartar control toothpaste, which contains the most hydrated silica.

16. Soothe sensitive earlobes with vaseline.

Coat earring posts with petroleum jelly to reduce sore and sensitive ears.

17. Make 14K gold extra shiny using light beer.

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The acids in light ales work best to polish gold jewelry (with no stones).

18. Use this trick to convert vintage clip-ons to pierced earrings.

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Bye, pinched lobes!

19. Make your own all-natural jewelry cleaner.

All you need is tea tree oil, baking soda, and witch hazel or white vinegar.

20. Resize a watch by adding or removing links.

You can find the tiny screwdrivers in any eyeglass repair kit.

21. Make necklaces longer by adding a bracelet.

You'll be looking like Liz Taylor in no time.