Maybe you’ve just never liked that necklace you inherited from crazy great Aunt Mabel, or perhaps you’re an evil super villain on a mission to destroy beauty everywhere. Either way, here are eight ways to ruin your jewelry once and for all.
Wait a minute, what did I just read?!?!
Ok, so maybe you’re not a super villain and maybe you actually really loved Aunt Mabel’s necklace, but you’re just not that great about caring for your jewelry and now it’s broken, and you’re not really sure what to do about it. That’s ok! Most broken jewelry can be repaired, and the good news is that it’s usually less expensive than having to purchase a brand new piece!
Scratched and scuffed metals can be polished, dull stones can be re-faceted, broken prongs can be repaired, and broken, knotted chains are really no big deal. We see them all the time here and we can almost guarantee that the most embarrassing thing you’ve done to ruin your jewelry probably won’t come close to the stories we’ve heard over sixty years of service in the jewelry industry.
If you’re still dead set on total jewelry annihilation, here are some great tips to get you started!
[dropcap2]1.[/dropcap2] Sleep in it.
Your jewelry will be screaming for mercy after being smushed, twisted, and wrapped around the bedsheets for nights on end.
[dropcap2]2.[/dropcap2] Wear it in the swimming pool.
The acidic chlorine will take care of it quickly. Go swimming every day and get the satisfaction of watching your jewelry slowly dissolve before your very eyes!
[dropcap2]3.[/dropcap2] Find the nearest howling toddler and let them play dress-up!
Kids are great at breaking things.
[dropcap2]4.[/dropcap2] Travel, and leave your jewelry in a jumble at the bottom of your suitcase. Let the baggage handlers do the rest.
You’ll inevitably end up with some spectacular knots in all of your chains.
[dropcap2]5.[/dropcap2] Never, ever, ever clean it.
Body oils, perfumes, hairspray, makeup, lotions, and the chemicals you come in contact with on a daily basis will gradually corrode the surface of your jewelry, eventually destroying its good looks. Not to mention all that gunk building up behind the stones makes them WAY less sparkly!
[dropcap2]6.[/dropcap2] Wear it while gardening, mountain climbing, windsurfing, filming your latest action movie, and fixing your car.
After giving it a few good whacks against a hard surface (make sure to reeeeeallly scratch it back and forth to achieve full effect!), don’t have the prongs checked. With any luck, some of your stones will fall out!
[dropcap2]7.[/dropcap2] Store it in direct sunlight. In fact, just store it on the surface of the sun.
Sunlight is one of the worst culprits when it comes to metal tarnish and fading in colored stones. Direct sunlight will have it looking terrible in a jiffy.
[dropcap2]8.[/dropcap2] Wear it in the shower!
Even if the buildup of shampoo and soap scum doesn’t screw it up, you’ll probably still lose it down the drain. Problem solved!
Changed your mind? Bring your broken jewelry in to Pearls International Jewelers today!