Many people are passionate about jewelry, either for themselves or for those they love. Given the wide variety of jewelry available, and the specifics in wearing and caring for it appropriately, it helps to know a few things. Keep reading for more insight and information on the joys of jewelry.
Take a magnet and a keen eye with you when you head out to purchase any jewelry made from sterling silver. You can detect fake sterling silver with the magnet, since non-precious metals are drawn to magnets. Sterling silver will always be hallmarked with a stamp such as .925, ster. or sterling. If the piece you’re inspecting doesn’t carry such a mark, be careful, as it is likely a fake.
You need to know the type of gem that you are purchasing. The types of gems available are synthetic, imitation and natural. Imitation gems are basically plastic that is colored, while synthetic and natural are real. They make synthetic stones in a lab, whereas natural stones come from the ground.
If you want to start a costume jewelry collection, it is important to be aware of the pieces’ condition. Costume jewelery pieces can be expensive but they are not worth the investment if they look too old. An item in good condition holds its value better in the long run.
If you wear the piece for 24 hours, then you can be sure that it has been put together correctly and hangs nicely. This also helps you to see its durability.
Costume jewelry has different, specific care requirements. Many pieces of costume jewelry have the stones glued on, for example. Do not dip your jewelery in chemicals that may harm them. The most effective way to safely clean them is wiping with a damp cloth, then drying with a different, soft cloth. This will clean off any residue and make it look like new, without damaging it.
Before you buy, ask if the gemstone has been treated, and the method for doing so. Care for your gemstone is different, depending on how it was previously treated. You can easily damage your gem, stripping the former treatment off, by cleaning it with the wrong solution.
Jewelry can be very overwhelming, it is necessary to consider pricing, style, and care. With any luck, this article can help with your jewelry questions.