If you want to express your positive emotions or celebrate special achievements or occasions with a meaningful material object, jewelry is the perfect choice. Even a small and inexpensive piece if meaningful. This selection of tips will be useful for anyone who wishes to learn more about different ways to buy, wear or store jewelry.
Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia and acetone that may permanently damage your jewelry. Doing so can damage the shine and luster of the stones on your favorite pieces.
Store your jewelry collection carefully. It is recommended to separate the items stored by using compartments, boxes, holders and hooks. Do not ever just throw them in a pile. This can harm delicate parts, and tangle some pieces with others, like necklaces.
When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely, and take along a magnet for metal testing. Use the magnet to detect fake jewelry; real silver will not be attracted to the magnet, but the cheaper metals will. True sterling sliver always has some sort of hallmark stamp on it, such as .925, sterling or ster. If the piece that you are looking at is not hallmarked, this is usually the sign that it is a fake.
When you are purchasing a new piece of jewelry, be aware of the gemstone that it contains and what it is made of. The types of gems available are synthetic, imitation and natural. Synthetic and natural are real stones, while the imitation ones are plastic that is colored. Natural stones are dug up out of the ground and synthetic ones are grown in a lab.
Preventing tarnish will keep your jewelry look its best. Try not to wear jewelry when you are around water. Metals can become dull, rusty or tarnished if submerged in it. If you must take your jewelry somewhere wet, prepare it by adding some clear nail polish on the surface.
Wearing the jewelry yourself can help you decide if it will be appropriate for your intended recipient. It will also allow you to see if it can withstand every day wear and tear.
Jewelry is an indicated gift in a lot of occasions. It will mean so much to the person receiving it, even if it is the smallest piece. There are many things to consider when wearing, storing and caring for jewelry, whether it is your own or someone else’s. No matter who is receiving it and what you are doing with it, you can get more out of jewelry by following this article’s advice.