There are a lot of things I love in life, but saving money is one of the things I love the most. There are so many different ways to do it, and I get a little thrill every time I manage to save even a few bucks. And an even bigger thrill when I save a big wad of cash! Some of the easiest ways to save money is by doing a little bit of DIY. Sometimes when something breaks, it's cheaper to replace it with a new product. But some of the time, especially with valuable items, fixing it up can help you avoid spending a lot of money. Often it isn't worth mending broken accessories, but if it's valuable then making repairs is worth it.
Repairing Diamond Jewelry
No one would throw away a piece of diamond jewelry just because it was broken. You would be throwing a lot of money down the drain. And replacing it would cost you even more. If you have something that has broken in some way, you can easily have it fixed. Taking your jewelry to a professional repair service is the best way to get damage sorted. You probably won't be able to do it yourself, unless you have specialist tools. But you can clean your diamond jewelry with some cleaning solution. Just make sure you use the right product for both the stone and metal of the piece.
Fixing a Watch
If you have an expensive watch, you don't want to put it away in a draw if it starts to show signs of wear. There are lots of ways that you can fix it, and you don't even need a professional service a lot of the time. One of the easiest things to do is to look at new watch bands and replace the current one. You can also put a new piece of glass on the front of the watch if it's scratched or cracked. If your watch stops working, don't assume the worst. It probably just needs a new battery, and having it replaced will hardly cost you anything at all.
Broken Necklace or Bracelet Clasps
It can be a real shame when the clasp breaks on your favorite piece of jewelry. You can't wear it if you can no longer do it up. But you can fix it yourself with a few everyday tools and a new clasp. All you need to do is use a set of pliers to open up the jump ring, remove the clasp and put a new one on. Close the jump ring or put a new one on if the old one is broken, and you've fixed it.
Scratched Leather Items
Some leather goods are very valuable, and you might think a scratch will mar them forever. However, there are a few quick fixes you can use, so you don't need to throw them away. Before you try anything, test it on a hidden spot on your item first. You can try using some distilled white vinegar on the scratch to fill it in. Then buff it with clear polish once it's dry.
It's easy to save money with a few simple tricks to rescue your accessories. Next time you have a problem, try to fix it instead of replacing it.