When shopping for or selling jewelry, it is important that you are knowledgeable about the product. You may be uncertain where to start.
When you are putting your jewelry away, take care on how it is stored. Using boxes, hooks, holders, and compartments is very effective for ensuring the pieces stay separated. Tossing all of your jewelry into the same box is a bad plan. This can hurt very fragile jewelry, and tangle necklaces or bracelets.
Keep your jewelery in a space that is dry and doesn’t have any air flow. Some good examples of proper storage would be,a jewelry box that is closed, or a small draw string bag. Air and humidity can cause the metals that the jewelry are made of to tarnish. 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.
Do they often wear hoop earrings, or stud earrings? Do they show a preference for white or yellow gold? These answers should give you a reasonable starting point for your shopping.
Put the jewelry on and wear it for a bit so you can describe the comfort and fit. Doing this also helps you see if the jewelery is long lasting or likely to break easily.
Do some research on the best way to clean your particular piece of jewelry. Different cleaning techniques are required for different types of jewelry. What works for one material could damage another. If you can’t find information about caring for a specific piece of jewelry, consult a trusted jeweler.
Special care is required for costume jewelry. Many of the stones and embellishments are just glued in instead of set in a professional setting. Don’t submerge costume jewelry in water or clean it with abrasives. It is best to have two cloths ready, one warm with water and one dry, to use to wipe your jewelry. This will ensure that all of your costume jewelry looks like it did the day you bought it.
Many people find it hard to shop for unique individuals. The trick is picking something unique for them, maybe something made just for them. Finding something that shows you put thought and effort into the gift is more important the the gift itself, so whether or not what you choose exactly what they wanted, they are sure to be pleased.
You have seen that the process of buying and selling jewelry will take some effort, work and research so that you will be able to buy the items that you are looking for, or sell your jewelry for a profit. These suggestions will help you to make intelligent choices in the jewelry market.