It’s impossible to know too much about beautiful jewelry! A simple, honest mistake can cost you a lot of money. What follows are some common sense jewelry tips that will help prevent you from making these costly mistakes. These tips will allow you to purchase and maintain your jewelry without making some common mistakes.
Separate your jewelry for storage to avoid getting pieces tangled. Keep pieces separately by using compartments, boxes, hooks and holders. Don’t just put them in one huge, unorganized pile. This does damage to jewelry pieces, which are often fragile. Necklaces lumped together can get tangled up into a knotted ball.
To distinguish between real and fake, bring a magnet when you shop for sterling silver jewelry. If the piece you are examining is not silver and is made from non-precious metal, it will be attracted to the magnet. True sterling sliver always has some sort of hallmark stamp on it, such as .925, sterling or ster. If there is no marking on the piece, it may not be sterling silver.
Knowing what type of jewel you are buying when you purchase jewelry is very important. There are different types of gems, including imitation, natural and lab produced. Natural and synthetic are both real, while imitation is just basically colored plastic. While natural gems come out of mines, synthetic ones come out of laboratories.
Make sure you check into insurance policies when you make a jewelry purchase from a jeweler. In the unfortunate, but possible event that your jewelry gets damaged, the jeweler will be able to replace or fix it for you. Sometimes you can even get replacement coverage for loss or theft.
Caring for your jewelry properly is important; you should definitely give it some consideration. Depending on the metals and stones used in your jewelry, along with how they are set, you will need different maintenance methods. What is beneficial to one stone or setting may hurt another. When in doubt about the right way to maintain your jewelry, just ask a professional jeweler.
Makeup isn’t for jewelry. Let your makeup dry before you put on a piece of jewelry. All the grime and dust from your makeup attracts jewelry. Therefore, putting on jewelry beforehand can make the piece look dingy. Doing this is particularly important when you are wearing a necklace or earrings, as they will brush against your makeup more than other jewelry.
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.