Ever desired a perfect jewelry accessory to accentuate an ensemble with a “pop” of color? Or do you want to bestow a friend with the perfect gift? This article discusses advice you can take to make the best selections.
Keep your whole jewelry collection sparkling with a polishing cloth. You can keep your items shiny without using chemicals. Use the dual-sided cloth on your jewelry just as you would clean a glass. Use a two-sided cloth to clean your jewelry, one for polishing, and the other for shining.
Avoid using harmful substances like bleach, ammonia, acetone, turpentine and the like to clean them. Doing so can destroy enamel finishes, while clouding stones and crystals.
Take care to store your jewelry safely. For best results, separate different pieces into different boxes, compartments or hooks. Don’t just toss your jewelry in a pile. Not only can this harm the fine and fragile pieces, but things like necklaces can get severely tangled up with other necklaces or other jewelry.
Keep your jewelry stored somewhere that is free from humidity or air. To maximize protection, put your jewelry in a jewelry box or a small drawstring bag. Certain metals will be tarnished when exposed to humidity or air. Precious metals can easily be polished, but non-precious metal needs a special polish.
If you are looking to purchase sterling silver jewelry make sure that you have a magnet with you and a good eye. You can detect fake sterling silver with the magnet, since non-precious metals are drawn to magnets. Sterling silver should always bear a stamp that says Sterling, Ster. or .925. Be wary of jewelery without any kind of hallmark, as often it is fake.
Ask the jeweler what type of insurance is available for your purchase. Look for a good policy that lets you return damaged items. In some cases, insurance policies will cover lost, misplaced or stolen pieces.
Keep your jewelry free of tarnish to make it look its best. Don’t take your jewelry into the water, regardless of whether you are showering or hitting the beach. Water exposure can cause different metals to become tarnished, dull or rusted. If you must take your jewelry somewhere wet, prepare it by adding some clear nail polish on the surface.
Think about what stones you would want before you purchase a new piece of jewelry. The gemstone you choose should work with your skin tone and suit your personality. Think about how the stones will work with your style, and pick neutral colors that go with everything in your wardrobe. You want to have plenty of opportunities to show off every piece.
Sparkling gems from diamonds to sapphires, metals including gold, silver, and so many more, an infinity of different designs – the possibilities are endless with jewelry. Hopefully this article has broadened your horizons on the subject a bit. Jewelry is an investment that will bring your joy for a lifetime.