You can never learn enough about jewelry. Making one small mistake could cost you with a small fortune. Here’s a few very sensible tips on the subject. These tips are here to help you have a better understanding of prices and avoid common mistakes.
Keep your jewelry looking like new by wiping it with a polishing cloth. This will allow your jewelry to shine without using chemicals. Use the two-sided cloth to polish your jewelry as if you were cleaning glass. Use one side of the cloth for polishing, and the reverse to make it sparkle.
Harsh chemicals and solvents can damage the finish of your jewelry and should never be used to clean it. Using them may result in damage to your jewelry, may cause dulling of gemstones, and may erode enamel work.
Jewelry should be stored in an air-tight and humid free area. Keep them stored safely in a closed, dark area, like a jewelry box or drawstring bag. Humid air affects the metals in jewelry and causes tarnishing. 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.
Bring a magnet when shopping for sterling silver jewelery. As a precious metal, silver should never be attracted to a magnet. In addition, sterling silver pieces are always stamped with silver hallmarks indicating such factors as the degree of purity, the manufacturer’s symbol, and the date of manufacture. Some of the most common hallmarks are “925, “ster,” “sterling,” and “sterling silver.” If the piece you’re inspecting doesn’t carry such a mark, be careful, as it is likely a fake.
Know which kind of stone you are buying with your jewelry. A stone may be natural, synthetic or imitation. “Real” can mean natural or synthetic, and an imitation stone could be glass or plastic. They make synthetic stones in a lab, whereas natural stones come from the ground.
When you are shopping for diamonds, there are ways to compare the stones. Look at what you want very closely, and keep that in mind so you can compare it with other diamonds you look at. With diamonds, you need to have a keen eye because of the many tricks people will use to enhance it.
To keep your jewelry looking great, take steps to prevent it from tarnish. Remove your jewelry if you plan on spending time in or near water. Some metals will tarnish, dull or rust when exposed to water or perspiration. Painting a thin layer of clear-colored nail polish on your metal jewelry can add a protective barrier to it.
Going through a day wearing the jewelry will let you get familiar with how it hangs and whether or not it will be comfortable. This will also help you to determine if the piece is sufficiently durable.
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.