Buying or selling jewelry requires a lot of research and understanding to get what you want or what you need. This can make you wonder where to begin.
Harsh chemicals and solvents can damage the finish of your jewelry and should never be used to clean it. Harsh chemicals will dull your stones and dissolve the enamel on your jewelry.
Watch how you store your jewelry when it isn’t being worn. You should keep the pieces separate in compartments, boxes, holders, and on hooks for better storage. Throwing the jewelry together into the jewelry box is a no-no. Not only will your necklaces get all tangled up, you risk damaging all your fragile and fine jewelry pieces.
Always keep your jewelry in a place that doesn’t experience extreme temperatures or humidities. It’s best to store it in a closed box, like a jewelry box, or a drawstring bag. Continued exposure to humidity extremes or air causes metals typically used in jewelry to tarnish. While precious metals can be polished back to their original luster, non-precious metals are only coated in which case polishing causes the copper metal underneath to show through.
Be sure that you understand the kind of gemstone that is in the jewelry that you are purchasing. Natural gems and imitation gems have been joined recently by synthetic gems, making three main categories. Synthetic stones are lab created jewels, while imitation stones are normally colored glass. Natural gemstones are mined, while synthetic gems are artificially grown.
You should expect good jewelry to last the rest of your life, and possibly beyond. It is important to invest in a quality piece of jewelry, so only work with respected and reputable jewelers. Any piece that is high quality will have its craftsmanship and quality shining through. A jeweler should know about each piece he sells, including the person that made it, the origin of precious stones or other materials and other history, such as previous owners for antique or estate pieces. When you chose a high-quality piece, you know your jewelry will last forever.
Learning how to make informed decisions on the buying and selling of jewelry takes time and effort. Use the information you’ve learned in this article to make successful jewelry acquisitions.