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Spring Clean Your Jewelry Box

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Jewelry hounds, it’s time to start thinking about the dreaded spring cleaning ritual. And I’m not talking about the dust bunnies under your bed or the windows that are now a dull shade of charcoal.

Nope – I’m talking about your jewelry box. You know, the one with three stray gold chains, four random earrings and that cocktail ring that’s missing a stone?
With spring jewelry trends looking bigger and bolder by the minute, it’s time to get that treasure chest in tip top shape. Put down your iPad, stack up the fashion mags and step away from Facebook for just an hour or two and get this shiny show on the road.

Step One: Gather up all ‘one’ piece earrings. If the earring doesn’t have a partner then place it a Ziploc bag. Keep the bag somewhere safe – after all you never know when the errant partner may turn up, but at least for now all singles are safely stored. For a more stylish way to display all your earrings, cut out a piece of wire mesh and attach to a decorative frame to place your jewels.

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Step Two: Detangle chains. If a pendant is missing, throw the chain (or set it aside to sell later). Baby powder helps untangle those nasty little knots. To prevent future tangles you can always use a straws.

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Step Three: Everything (and I mean everything) deserves a jewelry spa day. Clean, brush and wipe – and I promise you – ‘like new’ is a phrase you’ll say over and over. To keep that silver sparkling place a piece of chalk in your jewelry box.

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If using a commercial jewelry cleaner, use a brand name and follow the instructions on the label. You can also soak your diamond jewelry in a small bowl of warm, soapy water made with any mild liquid detergent. Gently brush the piece with a soft toothbrush while it is in the suds to dislodge any dust or dirt from under the setting. Then, rinse under warm running water. Pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

You can also clean your jewels by soaking them in a glass of vodka. Soak your gold jewelry in beer for a radiant shine. Now we’re talking!

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Step Four: Do a basic jewelry checklist.

Diamond studs
Pearl drops
Cocktail ring
Gold necklace
Pearl necklace
Chandelier earrings
Diamond pendant

Step Five: Make your own jewelry box

You can do away with the ol’ jewelry box and craft up a more creative and efficient way to store away your jewels like any of the pictures below.  Don’t have the space to stash away those statement bibs and baubles? Try using plastic wrap to keep them in tact.

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