You can never know too much about jewelry. A simple, honest mistake can cost you a lot of money. The following tips will be of help. You will be able to more easily pick out and keep jewelery pieces looking great if you follow these tips.
Polish your jewelry regularly with a jeweler’s polishing cloth. This is an easy way to get shine without chemicals and solvents. Use the dual-sided cloth on your jewelry just as you would clean a glass. Use the side of the cloth that is designed for polishing to remove fingerprints, dust and other surface imperfections, and then use the opposite side to buff the jewelry and make it gleam.
Keep jewelry stored safely and away from both air and humidity. A box designed especially for jewelry gives the best protection, but a cloth bag can also work. Metals will become tarnished when exposed to air and humidity. Precious metals are capable of being polished until they are like new, while non-precious metals will not be able to be saved. This is because the non-precious metals are simple copper metal coated with the covering of precious metals, and when polished, they will allow the copper to show through.
Find out more about the gems you look at. Ask about where they came from and to which category they belong. There are three different types: natural, synthetic and imitation. While both natural and synthetic stones are still real, imitation is just glass or plastic made to look like the natural stone. Natural comes from the ground, while synthetic ones are created in a lab.
Pay close attention to the design and style of their earrings, which may be hoops, gauges, studs, or something new. He or she may also have a preference towards gold, silver, or a different material. Just paying attention to what they wear now will make buying for them much easier than asking a salesperson.
Ask about any insurance a jeweler may offer when you are buying jewelry. You want to know if they will be able to repair or replace the piece if it was to break. Some jewelers will offer insurance on jewelry that might have been stolen or lost.
If you want to start a costume jewelry collection, it is important to be aware of the pieces’ condition. Costume jewelry, while expensive, can be a great investment. However, if a piece shows wear it will lose value. Make sure you have a piece that is in excellent condition, because this will be a lot more fruitful for you down the road.
Consider stones when you are buying jewelry. Purchase stones that are a reflection of you who are, and match your skin tone as well. If your wardrobe is made up of a wide variety of colors, choose stones of a shade that will match whatever you choose to put on. There is no point in buying something that is not functional.
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.