You will need to have an understanding of how the selling and buying of jewelry works before you jump into the field yourself. With all the information that you need, it can be tough to know where to start.
Never store your jewelry in open air or humidity. Ideally, you should keep them in drawstring bags or in a jewelry box. Humid air affects the metals in jewelry and causes tarnishing. 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.
Having a good eye to catch the details, and a magnet, are key when you are considering the purchase of any type of sterling silver jewelry. Jewelry made with non-precious metals will be attracted to the magnet, revealing any fakes. Sterling silver will always be hallmarked with a stamp such as .925, ster. or sterling. If you don’t see a stamp of any sort on a piece, then be wary of whether it is actually silver or not.
Make sure you know what kind of gem you are getting when you are buying jewelry. A stone may be natural, synthetic or imitation. “Real” can mean natural or synthetic, and an imitation stone could be glass or plastic. The only difference between natural and imitation gemstones is where they are made. Natural occur naturally, while synthetic stones are grown in labs.
Jewelry should last a life-time. Get jewelry from a jeweler with a good reputation to be sure that it’s of high-quality. You can tell when jewelry is of high quality, due to the excellent craftsmanship. The jeweler will be able to provide a complete history of the piece of jewelry, including who made it, and exactly where the stones originated. Unless you purchase jewelry that is of high-quality, the piece is not likely to last a lifetime.
Know what is trendy before you buy a piece of jewelry. If there is one thing better than finding the perfect, most heart-stopping bauble, it would be snagging the piece at a wonderful price!
Always ask the jeweler about an insurance policy before buying a new piece of jewelry. 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. Sometimes you can even get replacement coverage for loss or theft.
As you can see, it is crucial to do thorough research before making decisions regarding fine jewelry. With these tips in place, you can start experiencing success.