No matter who you are buying jewelry for or why you are buying it, you must know how to responsibly purchase, sell and adequately care for it. You can make sure that the time and money you devote to your jewelry does not go to waste by reading this article’s tips.
Do not clean your jewelry with chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. This can cause the stones to lose their luster in addition to eating away the enamel on any of the pieces.
Some precious metals and gems need to be kept away from moisture and humidity. Store them in a closed jewelry box or small drawstring bag for maximum protection. All metals will tarnish if they are subjected to too much air and humidity. 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.
When shopping for genuine sterling silver jewelry, you need both a discerning eye and a small magnet. Magnets attract non-precious metals, and you can use this fact to detect fakes. 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 your silver is not marked, it could be because it is not real!
Ask about any insurance a jeweler may offer when you are buying jewelry. If something happened to your jewelery, you can take it back and see if they will fix it! In certain instances, there may even be jewelry insurance available to cover loss or theft.
Keep your jewelry from getting tarnished to preserve its best appearance. Do not wear jewelery around water. Exposure can result in tarnishing, rusting or dulling of different metals. Clear nail polish, applied in a thin coat, can give jewelry some added protection.
If you take proper care of your necklaces, rings and other pieces, you can ensure that each item looks brilliant and holds its value through the years. If you take care of your jewelry, you can have it last longer. There is a lot more information you can learn if you just educate yourself and know how to get the most from your jewelery.