It takes some know-how to choose the best jewelry pieces. It can be overwhelming to know exactly where to start.
Do not clean your jewelry with chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. These can erode both the color and the materials of your jewelry.
To distinguish between real and fake, bring a magnet when you shop for sterling silver jewelry. Use the magnet to detect fake jewelry; real silver will not be attracted to the magnet, but the cheaper metals will. Also, look to make sure that silver is hallmarked and stamped with .925, sterling or ster. Be wary of pieces that lack any silver hallmarks, as this is an indication that they’re not genuine sterling silver.
Jewelry is an investment that should last forever. When you look for a piece of jewelry, always use a dealer with a good reputation, ensuring that the piece you choose is of high-quality. The best jewelry is well-designed and well-made with close attention to detail. The jeweler you buy it from should be providing you with a provenance on the piece. Details of where it came from, what it is made from and who made it. You need to buy quality jewelry so that you can pass it down as an heirloom.
Before adding a piece of jewelry to your collection, research current trends. The one thing that makes a great purchase an outstanding one is getting a bargain on it.
Look at the condition of costume jewelry before making a purchase. Even though it is not as expensive as its precious counterpart, costume jewelry represents a significant investment, one that can be lost if the pieces are allowed to get worn and broken. Pieces that are in great shape will fetch you better prices down the road, should you choose to sell them.
So, as you have seen, it is true that buying or selling jewelry requires research, work and effort so that you can buy the pieces that you want, or sell the pieces you have, for profit. Follow these tips and your efforts will be rewarded.