There is no such thing as being too informed about jewelry. Even the tiniest misstep could be the end of your jewelry – and your money. Here are a few sensible guidelines on the subject. The following tips will help you understand how to choose and care for beautiful jewelry pieces, while preventing some common mistakes.
Don’t use acetone, ammonia, turpentine, bleach, or other harsh chemicals for cleaning them. This could cause the stone to change color or become dull in appearance, and it may eat away at the enamel on the piece.
Take a moment to consider how your valuable jewelry is stored and sorted. Using boxes, hooks, holders, and compartments is very effective for ensuring the pieces stay separated. Jewelry should not be lumped together in a pile. This haphazard approach can cause damage to the individual components of fine jewelry, and create a tangled mess.
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. Precious metals, like sterling silver, will not be attracted to the magnet. 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 the piece is not hallmarked in any way, be leery of its authenticity because oftentimes it is a sign of a fake.
When shopping for diamonds, it’s best to comparison shop. Take a close look at a truly top notch diamond, and then hold everything else you consider to that standard. Don’t fall for any of the tricks used by shady dealers. They employ these tactics to make a diamond look better than it really is.
If you can prevent your jewelry from tarnishing, it will surely look much more attractive. Exposure to water can affect the finish, so avoid it. A lot of metals will rust, tarnish or dull when they come in contact with water. Clear nail polish, applied in a thin coat, can give jewelry some added protection.
There are a lot of different types of stones to think about getting when buying new jewelry. Choose a stone that goes well with your skin tone or the kind of clothes you wear and reflects your personality. Your best bet is to choose a natural color to match any outfit. Do not buy anything that you cannot wear.
Costume jewelry has different, specific care requirements. Costume settings are often glued-in as compared to set-in. Take care not to use chemicals or lots of water in an attempt to clean your costume jewelry. To clean your jewelry, dampen a cloth with warm water and gently wipe the item. Then use a clean, dry cloth to dry the jewelry. This will keep your costume jewelry clean and shiny.
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.