Have you been wanting accessorize your clothes and give your style a much needed boost of color by selecting the perfect piece of jewelry? Maybe you just need a nice gift for a friend. By following the advice in this article you can feel confident on whatever selection you make.
Polish your jewelry regularly with a jeweler’s polishing cloth. In this way, you will not have to deal with chemicals or solvents while you achieve the shine you love. Gently polish your jewelry with the two-sided cloth as if it were a mirror. First use the polishing side, and finish with the other side to make it shine.
Do not clean your jewelry with chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. This can dull your stones and eat away their enamel.
Store your jewelry collection carefully. Keep pieces separately by using compartments, boxes, hooks and holders. Resist the urge to jumble all your pieces together in one box or basket. Storing them improperly can damage the fragile pieces, and necklaces can get tangled with other pieces.
When you go shopping for sterling silver jewelry pieces, take with you a magnet and a monocle. To spot scams, see if the magnet attracts the piece. If it does, then shout “FAKE!” at the top of your lungs and move to the next store. True sterling silver will also have a mark on it to indicate its quality, such as “.925” or “ster”. Be wary of jewelery without any kind of hallmark, as often it is fake.
Be sure to pay attention to details like type of metal and shape. This will give you a good idea of where to start when purchasing that special item.
When you are looking for jewelry to purchase, give careful thought to the stones you prefer. The stone will look best on you if it is complementary to your skin tone, eye, and hair color. Also think about what color clothing you wear often, and chose a neutral color that will match many of the outfits in your closet. As long as you’re spending money, it makes more sense to purchase something that is functional as well as beautiful.
You are now armed with the information you need to make better purchasing decisions when it comes to jewelry. No longer shall you find gemstones, diamonds, beads or precious metals overwhelming and daunting. Jewelry is the gift that keeps on giving for years to come, both in style and in economic value.