What To Consider When Shopping For Jewelry
Buying or selling jewelry requires a lot of research and understanding to get what you want or what you need. You may be uncertain where to start.
Keep your jewelry looking like new by wiping it with a polishing cloth. This is a very easy way to make them shine and not have to use any type of chemicals or solvents. Just use the two-sided polishing cloth to polish your jewelry the same way you would polish a glass. The first side is designed to polish, while the other is for adding shine.
Watch how you store your jewelry when it isn't being worn. You should keep the pieces separate in compartments, boxes, holders, and on hooks for better storage. Resist the temptation to jumble all your pieces into a community box. Not only can this harm the fine and fragile pieces, but things like necklaces can get severely tangled up with other necklaces or other jewelry.
Make sure to store your jewelry away from humidity and air. A drawstring bag or closed box offers the best protection from moisture in the air. Certain metals begin to tarnish when exposed to humidity. It is possible to polish precious metals, but polishing non-precious metals will damage the coating, which makes the copper that metal was covering show.
When purchasing sterling silver, take along a good magnifying glass, along with a small magnet. Metals that aren't precious will connect to the magnet, signaling that it is fake. True sterling silver can also get a mark on it to indicate its quality, such as ".925" or "ster". Be skeptical of pieces that lack any silver hallmarks, because this is an indicator that they're not genuine sterling silver.
Costume jewelry should be taken care of. Many embellishments on costume jewelry are only secured with glue rather than set into the piece. Avoid using harsh chemicals on these pieces, and never immerse them. For the best results, use a warmed, damp cloth to wipe your jewelry and then use another cloth to dry it. This will clean off any residue and make it look like new, without damaging it.
Your jewelry will remain cleaner if you wait until after you apply make-up to put it on. The dust, oils and particles from makeup rub off on jewelry wearing jewels first means they will get dingy and dull with a film of makeup over them. It is especially important to follow this tip for necklaces and earrings.
Now you see how important it is to research jewelry in order to buy or market it effectively. If you can keep the tips provided in mind, then you are already on the path to success.