Finding the right jewelery can take some time and research. It can be overwhelming to know exactly where to start.
Don’t use harsh chemicals like turpentine or bleach to clean jewelry. These chemicals can wreak havoc on your jewelry, from discoloring bands, to dulling stones, to eroding enamel or glue.
Never store your jewelry in open air or humidity. Keep them stored safely in a closed, dark area, like a jewelry box or drawstring bag. All metals will tarnish if they are subjected to too much air and humidity. While precious metals can be polished back to their original luster, non-precious metals are only coated in which case polishing causes the copper metal underneath to show through.
When you go shopping for sterling silver jewelry pieces, take with you a magnet and a monocle. Precious metals, like sterling silver, will not be attracted to the magnet. Sterling silver always has some sort of stamp to indicate it is sterling. If the item has no markings indicating its authenticity, then be wary.
Watch to see whether they usually wear necklaces or bracelets, or if they prefer dangly earrings to studs. Doing this will provide a good basis for where you should begin so that you can purchase a special piece for that special someone.
Prevent your jewelry from tarnishing so that it keeps looking great. When wearing your jewelry, you should avoid exposure to water. Some metals will tarnish, dull or rust when exposed to water or perspiration. If you are looking to protect your jewelry from the ill effects of water, try applying clear nail polish, just a thin layer, on the piece itself.
As you can see, selling or buying jewelery requires you do your homework, and some hard work, so you can get the most out of it either way. We have provided you with some great tips that offer a solid starting point. Use them well and you’ll be on the way to successful purchases and sales.