If you just received a piece of jewelry from an inheritance or as a gift, or you just bought a piece on your own, you probably want to know more about jewelry in general. Jewelry has been an important part of the human condition for so long, but where can you even start looking for the right things to learn about it? You can start learning right here with these useful tips that will help turn you into an educated jewelry consumer.
Don’t clean your jewelry in harsh household chemicals like ammonia, bleach or turpentine. Doing so can damage the shine and luster of the stones on your favorite pieces.
Keep jewelry stored safely and away from both air and humidity. Some good examples of proper storage would be,a jewelry box that is closed, or a small draw string bag. Air and humidity will make the metals in jewelry tarnish. 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.
If you are in the market to buy some silver jewelry, don’t forget to take a magnet along with you. By using the magnet you can quickly determine if the jewelry item is made of a cheaper metal and not sterling silver. Look for the hallmark stamped on the piece of jewelry to determine what percentage sterling silver it is. If there is no hallmark, the piece is probably not authentic and may, indeed, be counterfeit.
When you are shopping, think about the color or type of gem you want to buy. Three different kinds of gems are available for purchase: imitation, synthetic and natural. Synthetic stones are lab created jewels, while imitation stones are normally colored glass. The only difference between natural and imitation gemstones is where they are made. Natural occur naturally, while synthetic stones are grown in labs.
Most jewelry is intended to last for a life time. To ensure you are buying a quality piece, refuse to deal with anybody but the most reputable of jewelers. High-quality jewelry is durable and displays excellent craftsmanship. A jeweler should know about each piece he sells, including the person that made it, the origin of precious stones or other materials and other history, such as previous owners for antique or estate pieces. Unless you purchase jewelry that is of high-quality, the piece is not likely to last a lifetime.
To keep your jewelry looking great, take steps to prevent it from tarnish. If possible, remove your jewelry if you are around water. Many metals can become tarnished, rusty or dull when exposed to water too often. If you want to give your jewelry a measure of protection from this element, coat it thinly with clear nail polish.
Now you see the wide and splendid array of jewelry that has been created. With careful and helpful research, you will know you are buying quality jewelry and handling them the right way. You will find that the jewelry experience is both rewarding and fulfilling, so get involved! These tips should prove useful for your journey.