Jewelery has always been associated with beauty. A single piece of jewelry has the power to commemorate occasions, events and relationships. Learning a little more about jewelry can help to preserve memories for even longer, and make buying and selling it, much more rewarding.
To keep your jewelry looking attractive, polish it regularly using a cloth made especially for this purpose. This is an easy way to get shine without chemicals and solvents. You just have to polish each piece the same as you would polish glass using the two-sided cloth. Use one side of the cloth for polishing, and the reverse to make it sparkle.
Don’t keep your jewelry in open air or someplace with a lot of humidity. Store them in a closed jewelry box or small drawstring bag for maximum protection. Continued exposure to humidity extremes or air causes metals typically used in jewelry to tarnish. 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.
If you are shopping unmarked sterling silver jewelry, then by all means bring a magnet. If an item of jewelry is attracted by a magnet, it is not sterling silver! Only non-precious metals can be drawn to a magnet. Sterling silver will always be hallmarked with a stamp such as .925, ster. or sterling. If the piece of presumed silver is not marked, be skeptical that is real silver. It could very well be a fake.
Each piece of jewelry bought, sold or owned will hold a little spot in your memories for the years ahead. Every piece of jewelry has the ability to carry huge amounts of emotion, whether it is memories of a good time or hope for the future.