You need have a basic knowledge of jewelry before you engage in the purchase or sale of precious pieces. Perhaps you are not sure where to begin.
Try using a simple polishing cloth on your jewelery collection. This is an easy way to get shine without chemicals and solvents. You use the special cloth to polish your jewelry just like you would polish your silverware. Use one side of the cloth for polishing, and reserve the other side for shining it afterward.
You should always store your jewelry very carefully. It is best to use holders, compartments, boxes, and hooks so that everything is kept separate. Don’t just box all the pieces together in a pile. This can damage fragile, delicate jewelry, and necklaces can become very tangled in other jewelry pieces.
Before you make a final jewelry-buying decision, take a look at what’s new and trendy. Price a variety of similar items before buying an expensive piece.
To keep your jewelry looking great, take steps to prevent it from tarnish. Jewelry should not be worn near the water. Some metals will tarnish, dull or rust when exposed to water or perspiration. Clear nail polish can be used to protect your jewelry if you apply a very thin coat of it on your pieces.
When buying jewelry, think about what kind of stone would be right. Try to select stones that are an extension of your individuality and that enhance the tone of your skin. Look for colors in neutral shades that you can wear with any of your favorite clothes. You want to have plenty of opportunities to show off every piece.
Remember that even costume jewelry needs careful attention. Many of the stones and embellishments are just glued in instead of set in a professional setting. Costume jewelry should never be immersed or make contact with harsh chemicals. 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 helps keep costume jewelry looking sparkling clean and new.
If you are presenting a gift to someone who has their own unusual style, look for an item of jewelry that is in line with their clothing and lifestyle choices. A unique ring, necklace or bracelet conveys respect for and appreciation of the recipient’s creativity and personality.
When you are looking for new jewelry, the first thing to do is to check what is on sale. The right sale will save you a lot of cash. Check for the best sales in the paper, online, and in store windows. Purchasing a piece of jewelry that is recently out of style can save you nearly half of what you would have paid originally.
Even knotted necklaces with delicate loops can be untangled. It’s easy to give up on some knotted metal mass; however, you should instead use plastic wrap. Apply baby oil or mineral oil to your necklace after placing it on the plastic wrap. Use a straight pin to untangle the knot. Rinse the necklace off as best you can and gently pat it dry with a soft cloth. Use soap only if it has been approved to not damage your jewelry.
Dry saunas and steam rooms can cause damage to jewelry. Sweat, heat and water, can all damage jewelry. Even if permanent damage does not occur, wearing your jewelry during these activities increases the need to clean it.
Clearly, buying and selling jewelry successfully requires ample amounts of research and effort. Follow these tips and your efforts will be rewarded.