Do your clothes long to be accessorized? Do they cry out for the wonderful accents that jewelry can provide? Whether you are buying, selling or wanting to maintain your investment, these tips can help you get the most out of your jewelry ventures.
Steer clear of ammonia, bleach or other strong chemical solvents when you need to clean these items. This will result in damage to both the stones and the metal of the piece.
Take care when you are storing your jewelry in the same place. A better idea is to keep the pieces separate by using boxes, hooks, compartments or holders. Resist the urge to jumble all your pieces together in one box or basket. This can hurt very fragile jewelry, and tangle necklaces or bracelets.
Never store your jewelry in open air or humidity. A drawstring bag or closed box offers the best protection from moisture in the air. Tarnish is a chemical reaction that happens when silver and other metals are exposed to moisture and air. Polishing will work to restore the color and shine for precious metals, but with non-precious metals, polishing will not help the change in color.
When you go shopping for sterling silver jewelry pieces, take with you a magnet and a monocle. As a precious metal, silver should never be attracted to a magnet. Another way to tell if a metal is sterling silver is to check for a hallmark stamp, for example .sterling, .ster, or .925. If there is no hallmark, the piece is probably not authentic and may, indeed, be counterfeit.
When shopping for a diamond, it’s crucial that you do comparisons. Closely examine pieces you like, and compare them with similar items you are interested in. 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.
Check to see if your jeweler offers an insurance policy before purchasing an item. That way, if something were to happen to your jewelry, you can easily bring it back to the jeweler who will fix or replace it. Some jewelers have insurance policies that cover lost of stolen jewelry, also.
Sparkling gems from diamonds to sapphires, metals including gold, silver, and so many more, an infinity of different designs – the possibilities are endless with jewelry. Hopefully this article has broadened your horizons on the subject a bit. If you choose quality jewelry, you will enjoy it for many years.