4 alternative uses for your jewelry

by Sally McGraw, alreadypretty.com

You may think that everything in your jewelry box has only one use. Not so! Here are some tricks you can use to make your jewelry more versatile.

1. Use a bracelet as a necklace extender: You can buy extender chains, but so long as you've got a necklace and bracelet with similar clasps, you can pair them up to make the necklace longer.

2. Use a clasp necklace to double up a strand necklace: Necklaces without clasps may seem fixed, but if you fold the clasp-less necklace in half, thread a clasped necklace through the folds, and close the clasp, you can make one strand look like two. This is especially helpful with strands that are too short to throw over your head more than once.

3. Use a safety pin to shorten a long necklace: So long as the necklace in question has chain, you can thread a pin through two loops to shorten it. Make sure the pin and extra chain are tucked into the back of your shirt!

4. Use a long necklace as a belt: Long claspless strands can easily transform into belts with the addition of a ribbon. Double the strand, feed a ribbon through the loops, and tie in the back.

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