Would you like to compliment your outfit with a beautiful piece of jewelry? Or maybe you want to buy a gift for a close friend. You are sure to find useful advice in this selection of tips and tricks.
When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely, and take along a magnet for metal testing. Use the magnet to detect fake jewelry; real silver will not be attracted to the magnet, but the cheaper metals will. In addition, sterling silver pieces are always stamped with silver hallmarks indicating such factors as the degree of purity, the manufacturer’s symbol, and the date of manufacture. Some of the most common hallmarks are “925, “ster,” “sterling,” and “sterling silver.” If there is no hallmark, watch its authenticity since it may be fake.
Do some research on the gem in your new piece of jewelry before you buy. Jewels come in natural, synthetic and imitation forms. Imitation gems are basically plastic that is colored, while synthetic and natural are real. The only difference between natural and imitation gemstones is where they are made. Natural occur naturally, while synthetic stones are grown in labs.
A piece of jewelry should be long lasting. When you are ready to chose your next selection of jewelry, make sure you find a reputable dealer that will make sure that you find a high-quality piece. High-quality jewelry items will have superior craftsmanship and pleasing, aesthetic designs. Ask the jeweler about the history behind the piece and learn more about who made it, as well as the origin of the materials. Making sure that it is high-quality will ensure that it lasts forever.
Now that you know more about jewelry, you may confidently select fine pieces of various metals, gemstones, beads and precious metals. Buying a jewelry item that is heir-loom quality is a traditional move that will bring you enjoyment years down the road.