Deciding which pieces of jewelry to purchase for yourself or as a gift can be a daunting task. Perhaps you would like to purchase a present for a friend; this article can help with that.
Keep your whole jewelry collection sparkling with a polishing cloth. This method ensures your jewelry stays shiny without having to use any chemical cleansers or solvents. All you do is polish it like you would a glass with the two-sided cloth. Use the side of the cloth that is designed for polishing to remove fingerprints, dust and other surface imperfections, and then use the opposite side to buff the jewelry and make it gleam.
For example, you should never use bleach, turpentine, or ammonia on your jewelry. These chemicals can turn stones dull and even erode the enamel.
Take care to store your jewelry safely. Jewelry should be stored in an organized way in a box, a jewelry holder or hung on hooks. Tossing all of your jewelry into the same box is a bad plan. This can damage fragile, delicate jewelry, and necklaces can become very tangled in other jewelry pieces.
When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely, and take along a magnet for metal testing. Metals that aren’t precious will connect to the magnet, signaling that it is fake. Your sterling silver jewelery should always be imprinted if it is real. The stamp may read “.925” or “ster”. If the piece you’re inspecting doesn’t carry such a mark, be careful, as it is likely a fake.
When you are shopping, think about the color or type of gem you want to buy. There are different types of gems, including imitation, natural and lab produced. Imitation is plastic that is colored to looked like the stone, but natural stones and synthetic stones are real. Natural stones are found in the earth and are mined out, while synthetic ones are grown in laboratories.
Since you have gained a little bit more understanding about jewelry, you should have more faith in your ability to choose gemstones, diamonds, beads and shiny precious metals. Investing in high-quality jewelry is something you’ll enjoy for many years.