There is no such thing as knowing too much when it comes to jewelry, especially when what you know is useful, practical and extensive. Making one small mistake could cost you with a small fortune. What follows are some common sense jewelry tips that will help prevent you from making these costly mistakes. These tips are here to help you have a better understanding of prices and avoid common mistakes.
Keep your jewelry looking like new by wiping it with a polishing cloth. This will allow your jewelry to shine without using chemicals. It’s easy, just use the dual-sided cloth to wipe down your jewelry, just as you would polish a beautiful glass. First you should use the polish side, then use the shining side to really make your jewelry look stunning!
Don’t use things that contain harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, acetone or turpentine, to clean your jewelry. This can cause your stones to turn and dull in color, along with eating away any enamel on the pieces.
Store your jewelry carefully. It is recommended to separate the items stored by using compartments, boxes, holders and hooks. Avoid simply piling them on top of each other in a box. This not only harms the fragile pieces, but it can also cause items, such as necklaces, to get badly tangled up with the other pieces of jewelry.
Don’t keep your jewelry in open air or someplace with a lot of humidity. Some good examples of proper storage would be,a jewelry box that is closed, or a small draw string bag. All metals will tarnish if they are subjected to too much air and humidity. You can restore the precious metals back to their former glory, but plated jewelry is different. Trying to polish those pieces can reveal the non-precious metals underneath, such as copper.
You should ensure the quality of the pieces of costume jewelry that you purchase for your collection. A piece that isn’t in very good condition won’t be worth it, and since you may be thinking of an expensive item as an investment, it’s important to watch for wear and tear. Compare pieces for quality, because good ones stay high or even grow in value over time.
Always keep an eye on sales when you’re looking to acquire some new jewelry pieces. You could save a lot of money if you take the time to look for better prices. Go through magazines and websites to find the best deals. Sometimes, if you buy a fashion that is not ‘up and coming’, you can save some money.
Untangling knotted chains can be easy if you know how to do it. Don’t give up on that tangled mass of jewelry. Instead, get a piece of plastic wrap. Apply baby oil or mineral oil to your necklace after placing it on the plastic wrap. Using sewing needles, you should be able to separate the knot. When your necklaces are straight, use dish soap to wash the oil off and pat them dry.
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.