There is a lot of time and information that goes into buying and selling jewelry. You need to know what kind of jewelry you want, or what price you should ask for a piece you are attempting to sell. This advice might make you confused about where you should start.
Be careful on how you store all of your jewelry together. It is best to use holders, compartments, boxes, and hooks so that everything is kept separate. Throwing the jewelry together into the jewelry box is a no-no. This can harm delicate parts, and tangle some pieces with others, like necklaces.
Don’t keep your jewelry in open air or someplace with a lot of humidity. To maximize protection, put your jewelry in a jewelry box or a small drawstring bag. When non-precious and precious metals are expose to air and humidity, they tend to tarnish. While precious metals can be polished back to their original luster, non-precious metals are only coated in which case polishing causes the copper metal underneath to show through.
When shopping for sterling silver jewelry, it is a good idea to bring a small magnet along with you. If the piece you are examining is not silver and is made from non-precious metal, it will be attracted to the magnet. You can identify sterling silver by its markings, for example “sterling,” “ster,” or “.925.” If the item has no markings indicating its authenticity, then be wary.
Most jewelry is intended to last for a life time. Go to a dealer you can trust to make sure you get a quality item at a fair price. A high-quality piece of jewelry should be well-made and show superior craftsmanship. The jeweler should be able to give you a history on the piece, like who crafted it and where the stones came from if there are any. When you chose a high-quality piece, you know your jewelry will last forever.
Through work, effort, and research you can be a success at buying and selling jewelry. If you remember the tips listed above, you are sure to be successful.