Making The Most Of Your Jewelry Collection
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Discovering the best jewelry knowledge and applying it to your life is not always easy. Applying it to daily life may seem a little daunting. We've included only the most pertinent tips in this article so you can apply them to your situation immediately.
Keep your jewelry stored somewhere that is free from humidity or air. Trying putting them in a box with a tight-fitting lid or a bag that has a drawstring closure. All metals will tarnish if they are subjected to too much air and humidity. Non-precious metals may lose their coating, showing the copper metal beneath, although you will be able to polish precious metals to remove tarnish.
Know what is trendy before you buy a piece of jewelry. The only thing better than picking up a gorgeous bauble is getting it on sale!
If you are shopping for sterling silver jewelry, you'll need a magnet and an eye for the real thing. If an item of jewelry is attracted by a magnet, it is not sterling silver! Only non-precious metals can be drawn to a magnet. You can identify sterling silver by its markings, for example "sterling," "ster," or ".925." Silver jewelry that lacks a hallmark may be a fake or composed of other metals.
Every piece of jewelry should last you a life-time. In order to ensure you only get high-quality pieces, when choosing jewelry, you should always buy from a reputable store or dealer. High-quality jewelry items will have superior craftsmanship and pleasing, aesthetic designs. The person selling the piece should know its history, including who made it and the source of the stones. Put effort into your choice, so you can be sure that the piece will last generations.
Take a look at what's new and trendy, before you make a final jewelry-buying decision. Getting a beautiful piece is fantastic but it's even better when it's on sale!
Ask the jeweler what type of insurance is available for your purchase. If it is damaged, these policies dictate whether or not the jeweler will replace or fix your item of jewelry. In certain instances, there may even be jewelry insurance available to cover loss or theft.
For jewelry to stay new and shiny-looking, it is important to keep it from tarnishing. Jewelry should not be worn near the water. Some metals will tarnish, dull or rust when exposed to water or perspiration. Use a thinner coat of your clear nail polish on your jewelry for extra protection.
Take extra care when you are untangling necklaces. Don't be tempted to give up on the tangled metal. It's plastic wrap to the rescue. Place the knotted necklace on the plastic wrap and coat it with baby oil. Try using needles to start untangling it. When your necklaces are straight, use dish soap to wash the oil off and pat them dry.
Costume jewelry requires specific care. Many pieces of costume jewelry have the stones glued on, for example. Don't submerge costume jewelry in water or clean it with abrasives. It is best to have two cloths ready, one warm with water and one dry, to use to wipe your jewelry. This will assure that you costume jewelry will continue looking great.
Remember that even costume jewelry needs careful attention. Stones in costume jewelry are usually held in place with glue instead of a physical setting. Avoid using harsh chemicals on these pieces, and do not immerse them. Wiping it down with a damp, warm cloth and then drying it with another cloth is the best care for it. This will ensure that all of your costume jewelry looks like it did the day you bought it.
Take extra care when you are untangling necklaces. It is tempting to throw in the towel against knotted metal, but plastic wrap should be reached for instead. Put the necklace on the plastic wrap and cover it with a little baby oil. It is possible to untangle very snarled necklaces with a needle. Wash it gently with a bit of dish soap and then pat it dry.
If you are ready to spend a lot of money on a piece of jewelry, make sure it is something that will be with you for years to come. Style and fashion also come into play, even though durability and Quality are usually givens when you spend big. A piece that is made in a popular style may not look quite so fashionable later. Check out some of the options that stand the test of time and maintain a unique edge.
Make sure to buy a piece that will last a very long time if you want to spend a lot of money on some jewelry. But make sure you select something that will not go out of style, you should be getting a quality item because of the price. While the piece might appear modern and stylish right now, in five years time it could end up languishing at the bottom of your jewelry case. Try to find something timeless and classic.
Rubies have always been known to be a very fine jewelry stone and for good reason. Even though genuine rubies are consistently red, there are many different shades, ranging from a light pink to a deep, dark red. Rubies are a durable stone. They can take abuse as well as any fine jewelry. Because of this combination of looks and strength, rubies are one of the most practical choices in fine stones.
Resist the temptation to pay more for jewelry because of a supposedly high-class brand. Few people can identify jewelry brands on sight. A jeweler who convinces you that a brand is worth paying more for is probably just out to get as much of your money as possible. Quality jewelry can be found across a variety of brands.
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.