Purchasing an expensive, and special piece of jewelry, can be a thrilling experience, but may cause you some stress. There are so many different things that are used in making jewelery and they are worth different amounts. Shop around and research the value of jewelry before making any major purchases. It is easy to overpay when you do not have the proper knowledge. This article will show you how to make your jewelry purchases wisely.
Take care to store your jewelry safely. You can protect your jeweled investments with hooks, boxes and holders that keep each piece intact and prevent tangles. Avoid just throwing them into a box in an unorganized manner. This can hurt very fragile jewelry, and tangle necklaces or bracelets.
Arm yourself with a magnet and a magnifying glass when shopping for sterling silver jewelry. When you do this, you become able to find fake pieces of any type of sterling jewelry. You can use the magnet because non-precious metals actually are attracted by magnets. Sterling silver should always bear a stamp that says Sterling, Ster. or .925. If your silver is not marked, it could be because it is not real!
When you purchase jewelery ensure you know what you are buying. Three different kinds of gems are available for purchase: imitation, synthetic and natural. While natural and synthetic stones are the real deal, imitation stones are made to look like a real gemstone, but could be anything from colored glass to plastic. Natural gemstones are mined, while synthetic gems are artificially grown.
Always check with your jeweler about insurance policy options before buying anything. This is to avoid any future complications. If anything were to happen you have yourself covered and to avoid complications with that jeweler in the future, they can replace or fix it for you if you run into problems. Some jewelers even offer insurance for jewelry pieces that have been misplaced or stolen.
Take careful consideration when thinking of how you want to care for the jewelry you purchase. Jewelry is composed of different stones, metals, and settings that all require different care to be properly maintained. What works for a certain kind of stone may not work for another. If you’re not sure of how to properly care for your jewelry, seek advice from a reputable jeweler.
Costume jewelry should be taken care of. Stones in costume jewelry are usually held in place with glue instead of a physical setting. Costume jewelry should never be immersed or make contact with harsh chemicals. Use a damp cloth, then dry it with another clean, dry cloth. This will make your current costume jewelry look great.
Determine whether or not your stone received a treatment, and what kind, prior to purchasing it. You will have to treat different gemstones with different kinds of care. For example, you should avoid cleaning a gem that has been treated with a certain solution that could peel off the treatment because this could harm the gem.
When photographing a jewelry piece to sell online, aim to present it attractively, in a well-lit, close-up and clear photograph. Since your potential customer will not be able to examine the piece in person, your presentation is very important. Ensure the focus of your pictures is the piece itself.
A small but well-cut diamond with high clarity can look nicer than a bigger diamond of lower quality. You must think of the person who will be wearing the jewelry.
Wearing jewelry during spa and recreational activities is not recommended. The reason for this is that the heat and the moisture can taint the jewelry and cause problems.
When getting presents for someone, you may want to consider purchasing sets of jewelry. You can often get a better price if you buy an entire set. You can divide up the set into individual pieces and give them out one at a time. This ensures that you will have a lovely gift that is sure to match and be cherished.
Always remove your jewelry before swimming. Chlorine can damage the life and luster of your jewelry. Over time, saltwater can be as bad. Taking these off before swimming will protect their beauty and extend their life.
Use attractive robe hooks to hang your necklaces, keeping them tangle-free. Attach this hardware to the inside of your closet door or on your bedroom wall, and hang groups of necklaces according to length or color. Hanging your necklaces will keep them looking nice, keep them from becoming tangled together and can work as a beautiful display as well.
You can make money from any gold bracelets and necklaces you have, without having to sell your entire pieces. Cut off a bit of excess chain to sell, while keeping enough to wear. If it is real gold and you have a few chains, you can make a few hundred dollars by just shortening the pieces.
Pair large and ornate jewelry pieces with simple outfits. Let the jewelry take center stage by dressing in a solid color.
When creating jewelry for selling at craft sales, holiday sales and flea markets, you probably do not know methods of displaying it in a beautiful fashion. While shopping for beads, stones and other jewelry findings, try to visualize a creative display fixture. Racks, baskets, boxes and stands can all be used as jewelry displays.
Now that you have finished reading, you should be more knowledgeable about many different aspects of jewelry. By implementing these suggestions, your next trip to the jewelers should save time and money.