Jewelry is always an ideal choice when trying to decide what gift to buy for a woman. Let us now provide you with a few tips that can make the process of choosing that perfect gem an easy process for anyone.
You never want to use bleach, ammonia, or any other cleaning solvents that are not designed specifically for cleaning jewelry. Harsh chemicals can destroy the enamel, and ruin the stones in your jewelry.
Don’t keep your jewelry in open air or someplace with a lot of humidity. Ideally, you should keep them in drawstring bags or in a jewelry box. When non-precious and precious metals are expose to air and humidity, they tend to tarnish. It is possible to polish precious metals, but polishing non-precious metals will damage the coating, which makes the copper that metal was covering show.
When purchasing sterling silver, take along a good magnifying glass, along with a small magnet. By using the magnet you can quickly determine if the jewelry item is made of a cheaper metal and not sterling silver. You can recognize sterling silver by stamps that say ‘.925’ or ‘ster’. If the piece of presumed silver is not marked, be skeptical that is real silver. It could very well be a fake.
What color gold do they seem to favor – white or yellow? Do they normally wear a bracelet? What type of earrings do they prefer – drop and dangle or studs? Take a mental note of this important information. Knowing their preferences will be an invaluable guide when you go out to buy them a special item of jewelry.
Keep your jewelry free of tarnish to make it look its best. Avoid wearing your jewelry near water. If you let some metals get wet too often, they can tarnish, rust or become dull. For added protection for your jewelry, try adding a thin coating of clear nail polish.
Give the jewelry a little test drive and wear it for a little bit to see if it is comfortable and lays right. By wearing it yourself, you can also gauge the ruggedness of the piece.
Research the proper methods for cleaning your jewelry. Depending on the metals and stones used in your jewelry, along with how they are set, you will need different maintenance methods. A treatment that polishes one stone may scratch another stone. It’s best to speak with a jeweler before you attempt to care of an unfamiliar piece of jewelry.
As was stated previously, when at a loss about what to buy for a special woman in your life, you can be sure jewelry is the right choice in any case. If you follow the guidelines from this article, you will be better prepared to select a thoughtful and lovely gift for anyone in your life.