Does your sense of style need an update with some new jewelry? Perhaps you’re looking to add a splash of color to a drab outfit. Whether you want to purchase jewelry for yourself or for a friend, the following tips will certainly help you pick something out.
Do not use harsh chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, turpentine or acetone to clean them. Chemicals can eat away the stones or enamel on your stones.
Jewelry is best stored in an area with low humidity. To protect your jewelry it is important to secure it in a small bag with a drawstring, or in a jewelry box that remains closed a majority of the time. Metals will become tarnished when exposed to air and humidity. Precious metals are capable of being polished until they are like new, while non-precious metals will not be able to be saved. This is because the non-precious metals are simple copper metal coated with the covering of precious metals, and when polished, they will allow the copper to show through.
Take a magnet and a keen eye with you when you head out to purchase any jewelry made from sterling silver. Take the magnet with you to find fake pieces of jewelery, sterling silver will not stick to the magnet. You can generally tell genuine sterling silver by its stamp, which will look something like “.925 ster.” If you cannot find a stamp, you might be looking at a cheap imitation.
Jewelry should be a purchase that truly lasts a lifetime. When choosing jewelry, you should always buy from a reputable store or dealer, in order to ensure you only get high-quality pieces. A high-quality piece of jewelry should be well-made and show superior craftsmanship. The jeweler should be able to give you a history on the piece, like who crafted it and where the stones came from if there are any. You’ll create an heirloom tomorrow if you choose high-quality jewelry today.
Before you make a final jewelry-buying decision, take a look at what’s new and trendy. Getting a nice piece of jewelry is good, but getting it at a discount is even better.
Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, you are better equipped to select the perfect gemstones, beads or fine metals in jewelry. The price of gems and precious metals can change daily, but investing in a quality piece you love is something you are sure to enjoy for a lifetime.