Jewelry shopping is usually a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful, if you are looking to buy a very expensive piece of jewelry. There are dozens of types of materials that are used to make different pieces of jewelry, and they each come with a different price tag. Naive shoppers can easily wind up spending more than is necessary. Use these following tips to help you purchase jewelry wisely.
Keep your whole jewelry collection sparkling with a polishing cloth. With this method, you can simply shine it up and not deal with the hassle of using cleaners. Use the two-sided cloth to polish your jewelry as if you were cleaning glass. Polish jewelry with one side of the cloth, then flip it over and shine jewelry with the other side.
Be careful when storing all your jewelry together. Keep pieces separately by using compartments, boxes, hooks and holders. Don’t just toss your jewelry in a pile. Not only can this harm the fine and fragile pieces, but things like necklaces can get severely tangled up with other necklaces or other jewelry.
Keep jewelry stored safely and away from both air and humidity. Keep them stored safely in a closed, dark area, like a jewelry box or drawstring bag. Humidity and air tends to cause precious and non-precious metals to tarnish. Tarnish can be removed from precious metals like gold and silver, but they cannot be removed from other metals.
When shopping for sterling silver jewelry, it is a good idea to bring a small magnet along with you. You can detect fake sterling silver with the magnet, since non-precious metals are drawn to 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!
Having read this, you should now know some tips to use when you are going to buy watches, necklaces, cuff links, etc. This advice can save you a ton of money when you go to the jewelers.