There is no such thing as being too informed about jewelry. If you make just the wrong mistake, you could lose a great deal of money! The following tips will be of help. You will be able to more easily pick out and keep jewelery pieces looking great if you follow these tips.
Never store your jewelry in open air or humidity. Keep them stored safely in a closed, dark area, like a jewelry box or drawstring bag. Precious, as well as non-precious metals, will tarnish if they are exposed to humidity and air over time. Precious metals are able to be polished and retain their luster, but the non-precious metals have a coat, and polishing will cause the metal under it to show through.
A magnet is a useful tool when shopping for jewelry in sterling silver. If the piece you are examining is not silver and is made from non-precious metal, it will be attracted to the magnet. Sterling silver should always bear a stamp that says Sterling, Ster. or .925. If the item has no markings indicating its authenticity, then be wary.
Identify the kind of stone in every piece you consider. A stone may be natural, synthetic or imitation. You have to know that imitation refers to colored plastic. Natural gemstones are mined, while synthetic gems are artificially grown.
Inquire about insurance for your jewelry when you purchase it from a jeweler. These policies dictate whether or not the jeweler will replace or fix your item of jewelry if it is damaged. Many jewelers also have insurance for lost or stolen pieces.
You want to ensure that your jewelry always looks its best so do everything you can to stop it from tarnishing. Do not wear jewelery around water. Many types of jewelry become dulled or tarnished when they are exposed to water. You can give your jewelry an additional layer of protection by applying a thin coat of clear nail polish to it.
When shopping for jewelry, think about the stones in the pieces. The stone will look best on you if it is complementary to your skin tone, eye, and hair color. Neutral colored stones will work well with any outfit in your closet. Do not buy anything that you cannot wear.
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.