It takes some know-how to choose the best jewelry pieces. This can make it hard to know where to start.
Jewelry is best stored in an area with low humidity. To maximize protection, put your jewelry in a jewelry box or a small drawstring bag. Tarnish is a chemical reaction that happens when silver and other metals are exposed to moisture and air. You can restore the precious metals back to their former glory, but plated jewelry is different. Trying to polish those pieces can reveal the non-precious metals underneath, such as copper.
When purchasing sterling silver, take along a good magnifying glass, along with a small magnet. You can tell if a piece of silver is sterling or not by using a magnet. Sterling will not react to the magnet, but non-precious metals will be attracted. If your silver is sterling, you will also notice a mark on the piece. This mark might state .925, sterling, or ster. If the piece you’re inspecting doesn’t carry such a mark, be careful, as it is likely a fake.
Ask the jeweler what type of insurance is available for your purchase. 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. In some cases, insurance policies will cover lost, misplaced or stolen pieces.
You want to ensure that your jewelry always looks its best so do everything you can to stop it from tarnishing. Try not to wear jewelry when you are around water. Many types of jewelry become dulled or tarnished when they are exposed to water. You can give your jewelry an additional layer of protection by applying a thin coat of clear nail polish to it.
So, as you have seen, it is true that buying or selling jewelry requires research, work and effort so that you can buy the pieces that you want, or sell the pieces you have, for profit. Use the advice given in this article to help you as you begin venturing into the jewelry market.