Knowing about types of jewelry is essential for making good purchases. If you make a mistake it can cost you a lot of money. Following are some sensible tips regarding the issue. These tips will allow you to purchase and maintain your jewelry without making some common mistakes.
Make sure you organize your jewelry properly. Consider delegating each piece to its own resting place, utilizing compartmental boxes and storage units. You should never simply throw your jewelry into a box in a messy pile. This can harm delicate parts, and tangle some pieces with others, like necklaces.
Having a good eye to catch the details, and a magnet, are key when you are considering the purchase of any type of sterling silver jewelry. Imitations will be attracted to your magnet. This is an easy way to recognize quality. In addition, sterling silver pieces are always stamped with silver hallmarks indicating such factors as the degree of purity, the manufacturer’s symbol, and the date of manufacture. Some of the most common hallmarks are “925, “ster,” “sterling,” and “sterling silver.” If there is no hallmark, watch its authenticity since it may be fake.
Take the steps to inhibit its tarnishing. Don’t take your jewelry into the water, regardless of whether you are showering or hitting the beach. Many types of jewelry become dulled or tarnished when they are exposed to water. If you want to give your jewelry a measure of protection from this element, coat it thinly with clear nail polish.
Costume jewelry needs special care. Stones in costume jewelry are usually held in place with glue instead of a physical setting. Don’t immerse costume jewelry in water, and never wash costume jewelery pieces with harsh chemicals. Simply wipe it with a damp warm cloth, followed by a soft, dry cloth. This keeps dirt from building up and making your jewelry look dull.
The brooch will call attention to your belt and make it more interesting to look at. Pin the brooch on your belt in the center, or offset to one side.
Putting on jewelry only after you have put on makeup and fixed your hair will keep it from being exposed to chemicals that could tarnish it. Putting jewelry on prior to applying makeup or hairspray allows gunk and grime from your beauty products to settle on the jewelry, leaving it dull and potentially harming the finish. This tip is especially important when it comes to earrings and necklaces.
See if your gem has had any treatments prior to buying, and if so, which treatments. The way to care for a stone differs greatly depending on how it was treated. Knowing the proper care techniques for your gemstone will prevent you from accidentally damaging it by stripping it of its protective treatment.
Well, it’s easy when you know how. This article has just touched on a few of things that you should know about this very rewarding hobby. There is much to learn, but at least you’ve now got a few good ideas to put to work.