What jewelry represents is almost as interesting as actually wearing it. Jewelry memorializes important and joyous occasions and pays tribute to relationships that matter to its owners and givers. Learning about jewelry can aid you in preserving it for a longer time.
Store your jewelry carefully. The right jewelry box that has separate compartments, hooks and holders to keep the pieces apart is the best choice. Avoid just throwing them into a box in an unorganized manner. This not only harms the fragile pieces, but it can also cause items, such as necklaces, to get badly tangled up with the other pieces of jewelry.
When shopping for genuine sterling silver jewelry, you need both a discerning eye and a small magnet. You are able to detect fake pieces of sterling jewelry with a magnet, as non-precious metals are attracted by the magnet. Look for the hallmark stamped on the piece of jewelry to determine what percentage sterling silver it is. If you don’t see such a mark, you might want to reconsider the purchase. This is usually an indication that the piece is fake.
Be sure to pay attention to details like type of metal and shape. This will give you a good idea of where to start when purchasing that special item.
Put the jewelry on and wear it for a bit so you can describe the comfort and fit. You will be able to tell if it will hold up to wear and tear.
Think about what stones you would want before you purchase a new piece of jewelry. You should chose stones that reflect your personality, as well as complement your skin tone. Neutral colors work better to match all your clothing. Do not buy anything that you cannot wear.
Take good care of your costume jewelry. A lot of the stones in costume jewelery are glued in and not set in. Don’t immerse costume jewelry in water or use chemicals on it. Use a gentle cloth, like microfiber, to clean it. One wet, then another, dry. Done regularly, this process will keep your costume jewelry looking great.
To maintain the shine and finish on your jewelry, do not put it on until you’ve done your hair and makeup. Jewelry will get grimy from the makeup as you apply it, attracting dirt that will make it look dull. This is even more necessary for earrings and necklaces.
Investigate your gemstone to determine if it has been treated before you purchase it, and what type of treatment it had. The type of care required will differ depending on the kind of treatment. You don’t want to clean them with a type of solution that could strip the treatment or damage the gem.
If you have tangled necklaces, you can untangle them with ease. While it can be frustrating untangling metal necklaces, consider using plastic wrap. Place the knotted necklace on the plastic wrap and coat it with baby oil. It is possible to untangle very snarled necklaces with a needle. When you are done, use soap and water to wash them.
Owning, purchasing and selling jewelry encompasses investing in an item that is almost priceless because of the memories it provides. Jewelry can symbolize a memorable moment or a hope for the future.