Buying a few pieces of trendy jewelry can breath new life into your wardrobe. Or maybe you want to buy a gift for a close friend. You are sure to find useful advice in this selection of tips and tricks.
Don’t clean your jewelry in harsh household chemicals like ammonia, bleach or turpentine. Doing so can destroy enamel finishes, while clouding stones and crystals.
Be careful on how you store all of your jewelry together. The right jewelry box that has separate compartments, hooks and holders to keep the pieces apart is the best choice. Resist the temptation to jumble all your pieces into a community box. Not only will your necklaces get all tangled up, you risk damaging all your fragile and fine jewelry pieces.
Store your jewelry in a place that is not subjected to humidity extremes or open air. Keep them stored safely in a closed, dark area, like a jewelry box or drawstring bag. Humidity and air tends to cause precious and non-precious metals 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.
If you are shopping unmarked sterling silver jewelry, then by all means bring a magnet. Magnets attract non-precious metals, and you can use this fact to detect fakes. Sterling silver will always be hallmarked with a stamp such as .925, ster. or sterling. If you don’t see such a mark, you might want to reconsider the purchase. This is usually an indication that the piece is fake.
Before you buy a new piece of jewelry, look at what the current trends are. The only thing that can make picking out a fantastic piece of jewelry better is if you get it at a discount.
Make sure that you learn about the jeweler’s insurance policy prior to making any purchases. Then, you will have peace of mind knowing it can be fixed or replaced if anything happens. Some jewelers have insurance policies that cover lost of stolen jewelry, also.
Since you now have an abundance of useful information, you can apply what you have learned to your ventures into the world of jewelry. You will surely enjoy your purchase for many years.