You could have tons of fun shopping for jewelry, but stressful if you want to buy expensive jewelry. The many different materials used in jewelry making can greatly influence the price of a piece. Without some basic knowledge, it is very easy to end up paying too much. Use this advice to make the most of your next jewelry purchase.
Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia and acetone that may permanently damage your jewelry. These can erode both the color and the materials of your jewelry.
Be sure that you store all of your jewelry safely away from air and humidity. A drawstring bag or closed box offers the best protection from moisture in the air. All metals will tarnish if they are subjected to too much air and humidity. Precious metals, through some work and polish, can be restored to their original condition. Non-precious metals are coated, which means that polishing will allow copper metal to come through.
Observe them and see what jewelry pieces the happen to be wearing, such as necklaces, earrings, or rings. Also take note of any metals or stones they seem to prefer. Once you are aware of their preferences, you will be in a better position to determine what to buy them.
Look at the condition of costume jewelry before making a purchase. Costume jewelry can prove to be a good investment, but worn, broken, or otherwise damaged pieces are not worth the expense. Jewelry that’s in good repair can be a much better investment.
Try out the jewelery by wearing it for a period of time, like a day, so you can see whether it’s uncomfortable or doesn’t hang as well as you hoped. You will be able to tell if it will hold up to wear and tear.
When buying new jewelry, carefully consider the stones. You should chose stones that reflect your personality, as well as complement your skin tone. Choosing neutral colors can help them match anything you wear. Do not buy something if it does not work for you.
To keep your jewelry looking clean, only put it on after your make-up is applied and set. Makeup will settle into your jewelry making it look dull and dingy. Doing this is particularly important when you are wearing a necklace or earrings, as they will brush against your makeup more than other jewelry.
Be careful when untangling your delicate necklaces. It is tempting to throw in the towel against knotted metal, but plastic wrap should be reached for instead. Put the tangled necklace onto the plastic wrap, then pour a little mineral oil or baby oil onto the piece. Use a straight pin to untangle the knot. Use ordinary dish soap to remove the mineral oil and let dry.
Hopefully you can take this advice and use it to make your next jewelry purchase a memorable one. By remembering the advice presented here, you could save a lot of time and money at the jewelers.