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Easy Fixes for Watches and Jewellery

10I’ve scratched my watch face
Polish it back to perfection
A shallow scratch on your watch face needn’t mean a trip to the jeweller’s — polish it out yourself.
For a glass-faced watch, try using a jeweller’s cloth to polish out the scratch. If you don’t have one, dab a little non-gel toothpaste onto the face and rub it in gently with a lint-free cloth. Wipe off with a damp cloth and buff with a dry cloth.
If the cover is plastic, try dipping a cotton swab into nail polish remover (acetone). Rub it along the scratch in a circular motion and then remove any excess liquid. Check the watch against the light and repeat until the scratch has disappeared.
My silver brooch is tarnished
Deep clean your sterling silver with aluminum foil
Brooches and other intricate pieces may have deep crevices that are hard to clean of tarnish with a jeweller’s cloth. Try this classic trick.
Cover the bottom of a pan or dish with aluminum foil, keeping the shiny side up. Place the tarnished jewellery onto the foil.
Mix 30 millilitres (two tablespoons) of baking soda into 500 millilitres (two cups) of very hot water and pour the solution onto the jewellery. The tarnish will disappear from the silver, darkening the foil.
The pendant has come off my chain
Repair the jump ring
Jewellers use jump rings to link together pendants, chains and clasps. A jump ring is simply a metal ring with an opening that you can twist open and close tightly. Repairing a jump ring that has worked its way open is simple.
To open a jump ring, grip it at each end with a pair of needle-nose pliers and carefully twist the ends in opposite directions.
Stop once the gap is large enough to slip the jump ring over an adjacent ring or other fitting.
Close the ring by twisting the ends back with pliers until the gap is closed.
For added security, use a soldering iron (available from hardware stores) and lead-free solder to close up the gap in the jump ring.
Tool of the trade
Needle-nose pliers
Manipulating small metal components on jewelry and eyeglasses can be a tricky job. It’s much easier if you have two pairs of needle-nose pliers — one to grip the base and one to bend the wire. Cover the tips of the pliers with one turn of electrical tape to protect the small parts of jewelry from scratches.


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