For most of us, resolutions for the new year are short-lived at best—generally because they do not fit nicely into our lifestyles, or are simply too difficult to achieve. With this in mind, the following is a short list of absolutely doable options, none of which are terribly involved or expensive—and all worth the effort, any way you look at it.

In no special order:

“I resolve to write down my wishes regarding the distribution of my jewelry after I’m gone.” Don’t turn a blind eye, and let your heirs get into a war over your jewelry. I’ve seen it happen more times than I can count. This situation can be easily avoided—and it doesn’t have to be part of your will.   

“I resolve to review security matters involving my jewelry.” Where you store it for safekeeping, and what your back-up plan is if you become incapacitated—or worse.

“I resolve to get my money’s worth out of my homeowner’s insurance.” You’re already paying for it, but most people do not take proper advantage of insurance coverage for their jewelry. You also need to know what you are and are not insured for. This usually requires a discussion with your insurance agent, as well as documentation of what you own.

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“I resolve to have my most frequently-worn items checked by my jeweler.” An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Have your jeweler inspect and (if necessary) make adjustments to clasps and prongs as needed. Inspection alone is generally done at no charge, and this will often be accompanied by a free cleaning.

“I resolve to do something with the jewelry I never wear.” It’s not doing you or anyone else any good sitting in a box. Broken? Get it fixed. Not your style anymore? Talk to your jeweler about converting it to something you’ll wear. Saving it to pass on to the next generation? Think about doing that now, while you can still see it being enjoyed.

“I resolve to finally having my pearls restrung.” You’re waiting for them to break first? This procedure will cost a few bucks, but it’s much better than replacing lost pearls or an entire lost necklace, if the nylon breaks. Unlike pearls, nylon just doesn’t last that long, especially if you wear them more than once a year.

“I resolve to finally buy something nice, just for myself.” Fine jewelry can be enjoyed 365 days a year. If you’re waiting for Santa to bring you a Christmas bauble, you’ve missed the boat. Please don’t tell me you don’t deserve it—you know you do!

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Joe Brandt is a local resident, and president of J.L. Brandt Company, offering diversified fine jewelry advisory services to the general public since 1928. Readers are invited to submit questions or comments to [email protected] Names or contact information will not be used for publication, and all inquiries will be answered promptly.