Whether your purchase jewelry for friends, inherit valuable pieces or receive jewelry as a gift, it is important that you are aware of the best buying, selling and cleaning jewelry practices. This article offers some basic guidelines for preserving the appearance and value of your jewelry.
Get a polishing cloth for your jewelery. This will allow your jewelry to shine without using chemicals. You use the special cloth to polish your jewelry just like you would polish your silverware. Polish jewelry with one side of the cloth, then flip it over and shine jewelry with the other side.
Some precious metals and gems need to be kept away from moisture and humidity. 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. Polishing will work to restore the color and shine for precious metals, but with non-precious metals, polishing will not help the change in color.
Always check with your jeweler about insurance policy options before buying anything. You want to know if they will be able to repair or replace the piece if it was to break. Some jewelers have insurance policies that cover lost of stolen jewelry, also.
Keep your jewelry pieces looking beautiful by protecting them from tarnish. When you are close to water, do not wear your jewelry. Metals will often tarnish or rust when in contact with water. A single coat of transparent nail polish may help protect certain types of metal.
Jewelry that has been cared for properly retains its sentimental and economic value. If you know how to properly care for your jewelery, you will be taking care of memories you will have for many years. There is a wealth of information out there; utilize every resource at your disposal to maximize your investment.