You can never have enough good information on the subject of jewelry. If you make just the wrong mistake, you could lose a great deal of money! The following piece contains some great advice on the topic. The tips in this article will help you to select, maintain, and enjoy your jewelry for many years to come.
Try cleaning your jewelry collection with a polishing cloth. This will give your jewelry shine and luster without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. It’s easy, just use the dual-sided cloth to wipe down your jewelry, just as you would polish a beautiful glass. Use a two-sided cleaning cloth, one for polishing and one for shining.
Steer clear of ammonia, bleach or other strong chemical solvents when you need to clean these items. This will result in damage to both the stones and the metal of the piece.
Be cautious of the way all of your personal jewelry gets stored together. You should keep the pieces separate in compartments, boxes, holders, and on hooks for better storage. Tossing all of your jewelry into the same box is a bad plan. Not only will your necklaces get all tangled up, you risk damaging all your fragile and fine jewelry pieces.
Be sure that you store all of your jewelry safely away from air and humidity. It’s best to store it in a closed box, like a jewelry box, or a drawstring bag. Continued exposure to humidity extremes or air causes metals typically used in jewelry to tarnish. Precious metal jewelry can be polished to fix tarnish, but non-precious metals coated with a finish will never get back to their previous state.
When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely, and take along a magnet for metal testing. If an item of jewelry is attracted by a magnet, it is not sterling silver! Only non-precious metals can be drawn to a magnet. Sterling silver will always be hallmarked with a stamp such as .925, ster. or sterling. Be wary of jewelery without any kind of hallmark, as often it is fake.
Well, it’s easy when you know how. This article has just touched on a few of things that you should know about this very rewarding hobby. There is much to learn, but at least you’ve now got a few good ideas to put to work.