Jewelery has always been associated with beauty. Jewelery can be an important family heirloom or perhaps be a cherished memory of someone you love. When you learn about jewelry, you will be able to make wise choices in purchasing it and in selling or trading it. You will be able to choose jewelry of heirloom quality.
You never want to use bleach, ammonia, or any other cleaning solvents that are not designed specifically for cleaning jewelry. These chemicals can wreak havoc on your jewelry, from discoloring bands, to dulling stones, to eroding enamel or glue.
Be cautious of storing all of your pieces of jewelry together. Jewelry should be stored in an organized way in a box, a jewelry holder or hung on hooks. Don’t just toss your jewelry in a pile. Not only will your necklaces get all tangled up, you risk damaging all your fragile and fine jewelry pieces.
When you go shopping for sterling silver jewelry pieces, take with you a magnet and a monocle. If an item of jewelry is attracted by a magnet, it is not sterling silver! Only non-precious metals can be drawn to a magnet. Another way to tell if a metal is sterling silver is to check for a hallmark stamp, for example .sterling, .ster, or .925. If there is no hallmark, the piece is probably not authentic and may, indeed, be counterfeit.
Always be aware of the type of stone you’re buying when dealing with gems. There are different types of gems, including imitation, natural and lab produced. Natural gems and synthetic gems are real gemstones, whereas imitation is just an item of plastic with gemstone colors. Natural stones are mined, and synthetic stones are created in a laboratory.
You get more than an investment when you acquire jewelry; you get a special memory. Every piece of jewelry has its own story, whether it reminds you of a special time in your life, or represents an important part of your personality.