Whether your purchase jewelry for friends, inherit valuable pieces or receive jewelry as a gift, it is important that you are aware of the best buying, selling and cleaning jewelry practices. This article will show you some ways you can get the most from your jewelry purchases.
Avoid using harmful substances like bleach, ammonia, acetone, turpentine and the like to clean them. Harsh chemicals can destroy the enamel, and ruin the stones in your jewelry.
Keep your jewelery in a space that is dry and doesn’t have any air flow. A drawstring bag or closed box offers the best protection from moisture in the air. When non-precious and precious metals are expose to air and humidity, they tend to tarnish. Precious metals are able to be polished and retain their luster, but the non-precious metals have a coat, and polishing will cause the metal under it to show through.
When shopping for sterling silver jewelry, it is a good idea to bring a small magnet along with you. You can detect fake sterling silver with the magnet, since non-precious metals are drawn to magnets. True sterling silver will also have a mark on it to indicate its quality, such as “.925” or “ster”. If there is no hallmark, the piece is probably not authentic and may, indeed, be counterfeit.
When you are purchasing a new piece of jewelry, be aware of the gemstone that it contains and what it is made of. Three different kinds of gems are available for purchase: imitation, synthetic and natural. Natural stones and synthetic gems are both real, but imitation gems are probably just colored glass or plastic. Natural stones are found in the earth and are mined out, while synthetic ones are grown in laboratories.
Ask about a jeweler’s insurance policy before buying anything. Many stores offer a policy where you can bring broken or damaged jewelry back to the original jeweler for repair at little to no cost. Some jewelers even offer insurance for jewelry pieces that have been misplaced or stolen.
Having an ornate piece at your waist will naturally draw eyes by adding interest. Place the brooch close to your hip or in the middle of your waist.
Keep your jewelry unsoiled by only putting it on after all of your makeup has been applied. Your jewelry attracts dust and particles from cosmetics; if you apply makeup after you put on your jewelry, the particles will make it look dull. This tip especially applies to necklaces and earrings.
When you are looking for new jewelry, the first thing to do is to check what is on sale. The right sale will save you a lot of cash. You will find advertisements for the sales in a variety of media mediums including on the net, in newspapers, and also in the stores themselves. You can occasionally get fading fashion styles for a fraction of their original prices.
You should always know what you plan on doing with jewelry when purchasing it. A big supply of jewelry that you never wear is of little use to you. Think about the outfits you can wear the jewelry with when you are choosing different pieces.
Jewelry that has been cared for well over the years has higher value than jewelry that has not. You can protect your jewelry by understanding how to care for your jewelry. In addition to the information above, there is more information available all over the Internet. Continue to educate yourself to get the most out of your jewelry.