You own a beautiful heirloom, a precious piece of your family’s history, but what should you do with it? Learn how to handle Grandmother’s necklace, Great-great-grandma’s antique engagement ring, Great-granddad’s pocket watch, and other vintage jewelry handed down through your family—as well as old jewelry you no longer want to keep.
How will you make proper use of these meaningful mementos? After all, such beauty deserves a better fate than gathering dust or, worse yet, hiding in a cedar box on your credenza because you are too nervous to take it out. On the other hand, what will you do with those pieces you no longer want or can’t keep? Storing all 100 pairs of Momma’s earrings could transform you from preserver to pack rat.
1. Preserve the provenance of each piece.
2. Have the jewelry appraised.
3. Clean and store with proper care.
4. Wear your heirloom.
5. Revamp or resell unwanted vintage jewelry.
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