A piece of jewelry can be very beautiful, and so can the entire concept itself. Jewelry can be a testament to celebrations in a person’s life and will serve as a memorial to the relationships between two loving people. If you learn as much as you can about taking care of your jewelry, you can get the most out of memories or if you are planning on getting rid of it.
For example, you should never use bleach, turpentine, or ammonia on your jewelry. This could cause the stone to change color or become dull in appearance, and it may eat away at the enamel on the piece.
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. Another way to tell if a metal is sterling silver is to check for a hallmark stamp, for example .sterling, .ster, or .925. If you cannot find a stamp, you might be looking at a cheap imitation.
Do some research on the gem in your new piece of jewelry before you buy. There are different types of gems, including imitation, natural and lab produced. You have to know that imitation refers to colored plastic. The difference here, however, is that synthetic is man-made in a laboratory while natural is found buried in the earth.
Have shopping companions when you shop for diamonds. Start by finding what you like, and then begin comparing it with other pieces. Beware, there are many tricks to enhance the look of a sub-par diamond.
Owning, purchasing and selling jewelry encompasses investing in an item that is almost priceless because of the memories it provides. All jewelry carries the weight of human emotions, whether they be a symbol of happy times or hopes for the future.