Jewelry is always an ideal choice when trying to decide what gift to buy for a woman. Keep reading for some insightful tips on selecting, wearing or caring for jewelry.
Polish your jewelry regularly with a jeweler’s polishing cloth. This will allow your jewelry to shine without using chemicals. All you do is polish it like you would a glass with the two-sided cloth. Use one side of the cloth for polishing, and the reverse to make it sparkle.
Try to avoid cleaning it with harsh chemicals like ammonia or turpentine. Doing so can destroy enamel finishes, while clouding stones and crystals.
Keep jewelry stored safely and away from both air and humidity. A box designed especially for jewelry gives the best protection, but a cloth bag can also work. Certain metals will be tarnished when exposed to humidity or air. Silver polishes work well to remove tarnish, but certain metals, such as bronze, may not polish well. The polish may remove the surface coating and then the metal underneath, such as copper, becomes visible.
A magnet is a useful tool when shopping for jewelry in sterling silver. If the piece you are examining is not silver and is made from non-precious metal, it will be attracted to the magnet. Also, look to make sure that silver is hallmarked and stamped with .925, sterling or ster. If a particular piece is not stamped, you should be cautious of its authenticity.
When you buy jewelry, it should last the rest of your life. Always purchase pieces from reputable jewelers in order to make sure you are getting quality pieces. High quality jewelry is well-crafted and made of exceptional materials. A reputable jeweler will be able to provide you with a full background of the piece, including where the stones are from and who made it. Investing in a high-quality jewelry piece ensures that you will have a timeless item that will be just as wearable in 20 years as it is today.
When purchasing jewelry from a respected jeweler, inquire as to whether they offer an insurance policy. That way, if something were to happen to your jewelry, you can easily bring it back to the jeweler who will fix or replace it. There are even some jewelers that will cover the replacement if the piece has been lost or stolen.
Try out the jewelery by wearing it for a period of time, like a day, so you can see whether it’s uncomfortable or doesn’t hang as well as you hoped. This will also help you to determine if the piece is sufficiently durable.
As we have previously said, when you do not know what to buy your girl, try some jewelery. Apply these tips next time you wish to give something meaningful to your wife, girlfriend or mother.