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Becoming An Expert | Jewellery Hacks

WE’VE COVERED everything from keeping your necklaces tangle-free to cleaning your favourite silver. Now you never need to fall out with your jewellery again.

Use baby powder to untie knotted chains.

This is one of those hacks that sound untrue but actually produce excellent results. First you have to place your knotted chain on a clean surface and find the knot. Once you’ve found it simply add a sprinkle of baby powder to loosen it. Then use a needle for the tricky task of undoing the tangled section. Finally, rinse the necklace with warm, mildly soapy water and leave it to dry.

Clean your silver on a budget using your kitchen products.

Treating silver jewellery is an important process to consider if you’d like to maintain your collection. It can be quite costly trying to acquire silver polish and it certainly takes time to enlist the specialist services of a jeweller. However, there is a way to give your silver jewellery a renewed shine without even having to leave your house. How? You ask. Well, simply walk to your kitchen and most likely all the products you need will be there.

Break off a sheet of tin foil and place it in a ceramic bowl with the shiny side facing upwards. Next fill the bowl with water and add a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of baking powder and a splash of white vinegar. Finally leave your silver in the mixture for five minutes and then dry the piece carefully once you’ve removed it (just remember not to use this technique on silver jewellery that features any gemstones.)

Keeping your long hair from getting stuck in your necklace.

We know it’s a real pain when your long, lovely hair gets caught in the clasp on your necklace, but stop! Put down the scissors and don’t chop it all off just yet. You can find a short length of plastic aquarium tubing from your local pet shop, cut off a piece to seal the clasp. Finally slide the tube over the chain and cover the clasp once you’ve fastened it. We have to admit that this is one of favourite hacks. It’s subtle and quietly genius.

How to fasten that tricky bracelet when you’re getting ready solo.

Let’s set the scene – you’re alone in your room, getting ready for a night out. You’ve clipped-in your earrings, fastened your necklace and now you’re looking at your bracelet. You’re about to face the fiddly clasp. This could be one of the most frustrating problems encountered by jewellery lovers. Even when the clasp seems ready to shut it can suddenly jump off your wrist and you have to go back to square one. Luckily there’s a way to save you from spending the whole night at your jewellery box. Simply find a paper clip and thread it through the catch. Then, using your free hand, carefully close the clasp. It really is that easy.