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Restoring Vintage Jewelry

A few years ago, vintage jewelry was much easier to find in places like thrift stores and much less expensive. Now what I can find for a reasonable price usually has some flaws. I get past that by restoring the pieces.


  • The worn finishes can be touched up with gold or silver nail polish.
  • I can brighten up pieces missing small rhinestones by using glitter glue, then applying silver glitter and removing the excess.
  • You can pry out old rhinestones (of the right size) from rhinestone buttons to replace larger missing stones in jewelry. Just glue in with superglue.
  • You can also replace broken pin backs with well-placed safety pins or pin backs from the craft store.
  • And, of course, you can fix broken links by using a pair of pliers!
  • Source: me

    By pam munro from Los Angeles, CA

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May 14, 20120 found this helpful

Don't forget about restringing the beautiful beads from several different necklaces together to create beautiful new ones.

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