There is no such thing as knowing too much when it comes to jewelry, especially when what you know is useful, practical and extensive. A simple, honest mistake can cost you a lot of money. The following tips will be of help. This information can guide you in selecting and caring for jewelry pieces, and help you avoid some common pitfalls.
Don’t use things that contain harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, acetone or turpentine, to clean your jewelry. These can erode both the color and the materials of your jewelry.
Sterling Silver Pieces
If you want to buy sterling silver pieces, use a magnet and examine the jewelry very carefully. To spot scams, see if the magnet attracts the piece. If it does, then shout “FAKE!” at the top of your lungs and move to the next store. In addition, sterling silver pieces are always stamped with silver hallmarks indicating such factors as the degree of purity, the manufacturer’s symbol, and the date of manufacture. Some of the most common hallmarks are “925, “ster,” “sterling,” and “sterling silver.” If the piece you’re inspecting doesn’t carry such a mark, be careful, as it is likely a fake.
To help maintain its appearance, take good care of it to keep it from getting tarnished. When you are close to water, do not wear your jewelry. Metals will often tarnish or rust when in contact with water. Clear nail polish can be used to protect your jewelry if you apply a very thin coat of it on your pieces.
You should always make an effort to properly care for all of your jewelry. Different styles of jewelry affect the way they need to be cared for; one type of metal will need a different treatment than another, for example. What works well with one type of precious stone may actually harm another. It’s best to speak with a jeweler before you attempt to care of an unfamiliar piece of jewelry.
Costume jewelry needs to be handled carefully. Stones in costume jewelry are usually held in place with glue instead of a physical setting. Don’t immerse costume jewelry in water or use chemicals on it. The best way to care for your jewelry is to use one damp cloth to wipe it followed by a dry one to dry it. This will make your current costume jewelry look great.
Think about ordering custom jewelery if you want to make an original gift to someone who counts for you. A unique ring, necklace or bracelet conveys respect for and appreciation of the recipient’s creativity and personality.
If you put on your jewelry only after you have put on your makeup, you will have to clean it less. Makeup will settle into your jewelry making it look dull and dingy. This is particularly important with necklaces and earrings.
A diamond’s cut and clarity are often times more important than how big it is. Also, keep in mind the personality of the person you are giving the diamond to.
Take the time to compare your options when shopping for diamonds. Each diamond is different and has its different flaws. Once you see the diamond up close and look it over, some of the flaws may not be as critical as you once thought. Depending on the number and types of flaws in a diamond, jewelers may be somewhat flexible in pricing the piece. Make sure you browse different shops to locate the best diamond for the price range you have in mind.
Never go swimming while wearing jewelry. The chlorine in a pool can tarnish or corrode jewelry, decreasing its value. Even ocean swimming is not good for jewelry. The salt is damaging. To safeguard your valuable jewelry, set it aside in a safe place before you go in for a swim.
Buying jewelry just because it is a name brand is not a good idea. Few people can identify jewelry brands on sight. A jeweler who convinces you that a brand is worth paying more for is probably just out to get as much of your money as possible. Quality jewelry can be found across a variety of brands.
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.