Have you ever considered buying a new jewelry piece to match a particular item of clothing, or to give your overall style a little oomph? Maybe you just need a nice gift for a friend. By following the advice in this article you can feel confident on whatever selection you make.
Make sure to store your jewelry away from humidity and air. It’s best to store it in a closed box, like a jewelry box, or a drawstring bag. Humidity and air tends to cause precious and non-precious metals to tarnish. Precious metals are capable of being polished until they are like new, while non-precious metals will not be able to be saved. This is because the non-precious metals are simple copper metal coated with the covering of precious metals, and when polished, they will allow the copper to show through.
To distinguish between real and fake, bring a magnet when you shop for sterling silver jewelry. Magnets attract non-precious metals, and you can use this fact to detect fakes. You will always find a hallmark stamp such as “.925” or “STER.” on genuine sterling, or alternately, it might simply say, “STERLING”. If there is no hallmark, the piece is probably not authentic and may, indeed, be counterfeit.
You need to know the type of gem that you are purchasing. The types of gems available are synthetic, imitation and natural. Synthetic and natural are real stones, while the imitation ones are plastic that is colored. The difference here, however, is that synthetic is man-made in a laboratory while natural is found buried in the earth.
Since you have gained a little bit more understanding about jewelry, you should have more faith in your ability to choose gemstones, diamonds, beads and shiny precious metals. The price of gems and precious metals can change daily, but investing in a quality piece you love is something you are sure to enjoy for a lifetime.