Whether thinking of a gift for your beloved or a cherished personal item, it is perfectly understandable to be passionate about jewelry. Given the wide variety of jewelry available, and the specifics in wearing and caring for it appropriately, it helps to know a few things. The tips provided here will assist you in your quest to know more about caring for jewelry.
Never store your jewelry in open air or humidity. Store them in a closed jewelry box or small drawstring bag for maximum protection. Certain metals will be tarnished when exposed to humidity or air. It is possible to polish precious metals, but polishing non-precious metals will damage the coating, which makes the copper that metal was covering show.
If you are shopping unmarked sterling silver jewelry, then by all means bring a magnet. By using the magnet you can quickly determine if the jewelry item is made of a cheaper metal and not sterling silver. Sterling silver will always be hallmarked with a stamp such as .925, ster. or sterling. If there is no hallmark, the piece is probably not authentic and may, indeed, be counterfeit.
Always be aware of the type of stone you’re buying when dealing with gems. There are different types of gems, including imitation, natural and lab produced. Imitation is plastic that is colored to looked like the stone, but natural stones and synthetic stones are real. The difference here, however, is that synthetic is man-made in a laboratory while natural is found buried in the earth.
Know what is trendy before you buy a piece of jewelry. It is one thing to get a gorgeous bauble, but it is another to get it on sale!
Jewelry can be overwhelming to anyone; there is a wide range of prices, styles and care that needs to be considered. The tips you’ve found here will very likely enable you to approach jewelry buying in an informed manner.