Do your personal sense of style and your wardrobe of outfits, need a little infusion of pizzazz from a well-selected piece of jewelry? Or perhaps you desire purchasing a gift for your friend? Either way, use these tips to get started.
You never want to use bleach, ammonia, or any other cleaning solvents that are not designed specifically for cleaning jewelry. These can erode both the color and the materials of your jewelry.
Be careful on how you store all of your jewelry together. Keep pieces separately by using compartments, boxes, hooks and holders. Resist the temptation to jumble all your pieces into a community box. Not only will your necklaces become hopelessly tangled, you risk harming any fragile pieces as they bump and scrape against each other as you search the box.
Make sure to store your jewelry away from humidity and air. Trying putting them in a box with a tight-fitting lid or a bag that has a drawstring closure. Certain metals begin to tarnish when exposed to humidity. It’s possible to restore precious metals through polishing, but lesser-quality metals may suffer permanent damage.
Take a magnet and a keen eye with you when you head out to purchase any jewelry made from sterling silver. If the piece you are examining is not silver and is made from non-precious metal, it will be attracted to the magnet. Look for the hallmark stamped on the piece of jewelry to determine what percentage sterling silver it is. Be wary of jewelery without any kind of hallmark, as often it is fake.
Be sure that you understand the kind of gemstone that is in the jewelry that you are purchasing. Gemstones now come in natural as well as synthetic and imitation types. Imitation is plastic that is colored to looked like the stone, but natural stones and synthetic stones are real. Synthetic gems come from a lab and natural ones are found in the ground.
Pay attention to the types, sizes, and colors of jewelry that the person wears. Once you are aware of their preferences, you will be in a better position to determine what to buy them.
Before buying a new item of jewelry, do a little research on recent trends. You will enjoy your jewelery even more if you can get it on sale.
Now that you have undoubtedly learned some new and interesting facts about jewelry, you can be more confident in your selection and appraisal of lustrous gemstones, sparkling diamonds, colorful beads and gleaming metals like silver, gold and platinum. Purchasing a some good quality jewelry is an investment you will appreciate for years to come.