How to Restore Jewellery

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How to Restore Jewellery

Restoring jewellery is relatively simple, requires no technical know-how, and few practical skills. From tarnished precious metal to degraded beading thread, consumers can perform their own cleaning and restoration with ease. Each type of jewellery requires different restoration and cleaning methods. Using the wrong products or methods can prove disastrous, so adopting the appropriate approach with the correct restoration items is vital to ensure the well-being of the jewellery. Performing regular restoration, cleaning, and maintenance significantly increases the lifespan of the pieces and allows consumers to wear attractive, fully restored vintage jewellery with confidence.

Restoring Different Types of Jewellery

Different types of jewellery require different types of restoration, as a number of unique issues occur for each jewellery type. One of the most common restoration processes involves cleaning the jewellery, but each type requires different cleaning methods to achieve the best results.

How to Restore Beaded Jewellery

Beaded jewellery is beautiful but generally delicate. Either threaded on wire or thread, inevitably the wire twists or the thread or elastic degrades and becomes in danger of breaking, sending beautiful beads spinning across the floor and ruining the stunning design. A simple restoration process can prevent this from happening and keep beaded jewellery looking fabulous for years. For beaded jewellery with wire threading, check for corrosion on the wire visible between the beads. If there is evidence of corrosion, consumers need to use needle nose pliers to remove the clasp and carefully thread the beads onto fresh wire before attaching the clasps.

If the beads are threaded on elastic or thread, check the integrity of the fibres. If the thread is weak, consumers must replace it. Use a fine beading needle and thread good quality beading thread or elasticated thread onto the needle. Tie one end, using a square knot, to the jump ring on the end of the jewellery, then pass the needle and thread through every bead in order and tie off the thread to the clasp at the other end. Then snip the old thread at both ends and remove it. Wash beaded jewellery in warm water and mild detergent. To restore shine to beads, apply a coat of clear varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.

How to Restore Precious Metal Jewellery

Cleaning, is one of the most effective ways of restoring precious metal jewellery, restoring shine and removing tarnish. It is an inexpensive and simple procedure. Tarnishing occurs with repeated exposure to moisture, and leaves the metal with a dull, discoloured appearance. Consumers can purchase a precious metal cleaning cloth. These cloths make the process incredibly simple as they already contain the cleaning agents. These cloths are also very soft, so do not scratch or scuff softer metals such as gold. Consumers simply need to rub the cloth firmly over the jewellery to remove tarnish, dirt, and debris.

Aluminium foil , salt, mild detergent, and baking soda is another affordable option to remove tarnish from precious metal. Place a piece of foil in a bowl and add a cup of hot water. Stir in a tablespoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of salt, and a tablespoon of detergent. Place the jewellery into the mixture, ensuring it is submerged. Remove the jewellery after around 10 minutes and rinse under cold water. Dry thoroughly with a soft cotton or microfibre cloth.

How to Restore Costume Jewellery

Costume jewellery looks great and is considerably less expensive than fine jewellery. However, like all jewellery, costume jewellery requires cleaning and restoration to maintain the best aesthetic appeal. Whether restoring a vintage piece found at a bargain price, or a more modern piece requiring general cleaning, consumers have a number of simple options. Take a soft toothbrush and hot soapy water. Dip the toothbrush in the soapy water and gently work it over the surface of the jewellery. Only apply gentle pressure to avoid scratching or removing the plate metal finish. Another affordable and effective option is to dip the jewellery into diluted window cleaner. This loosens dirt and grime and gets into all the small spaces. Then simply wipe off the residue with a soft cloth.


Restoring jewellery does not have to be a costly or time consuming affair. There are a number of simple restoration processes that restore shine and beauty to any piece of jewellery. Identifying the type of jewellery and the issue that requires restoration is the key to success.

Type of Jewellery

Items Required

Beaded Jewellery

Needle nose pliers


Fine beading needle

Beading thread

Jump ring

Mild detergent

Precious Metal Jewellery



Baking Soda


Costume Jewellery

Soft toothbrush

Hot soapy water

Consumers must identify what type of jewellery they wish to restore. This enables them to choose the correct restoration method and purchase the appropriate items to achieve the best restoration results.

How to Buy Jewellery and Restoration Products on eBay

Purchase jewellery along with everything you need to successfully restore it from eBay at affordable prices. Find yourself a bargain on

eBay Deals

or choose a piece of vintage jewellery in need of restoration to make great savings. Consider buying your cleaning and restoration supplies in bulk to maximise your savings. Performing basic restoration on jewellery of all types is straightforward, keeps it looking fabulous, and extends the lifespan considerably. Whether you prefer glass beads or fine platinum jewellery, easy cleaning and restoration ensures your pieces last a lifetime and saves you the cost of having the pieces professionally attended to.

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