It takes a lot of homework to buy or sell jewelery and get the most out of it. Jewelry buying can be an overwhelming process for beginners.
Be cautious of the way all of your personal jewelry gets stored together. Consider delegating each piece to its own resting place, utilizing compartmental boxes and storage units. Don’t just put them in one huge, unorganized pile. This can damage the finer and more fragile pieces, and items like necklaces can entangle with each other and other pieces into a big mess.
Arm yourself with a magnet and a magnifying glass when shopping for sterling silver jewelry. To spot scams, see if the magnet attracts the piece. If it does, then shout “FAKE!” at the top of your lungs and move to the next store. Look for the hallmark stamped on the piece of jewelry to determine what percentage sterling silver it is. If a particular piece is not stamped, you should be cautious of its authenticity.
Find out more about the gems you look at. Ask about where they came from and to which category they belong. Three different kinds of gems are available for purchase: imitation, synthetic and natural. Natural gems and synthetic gems are real gemstones, whereas imitation is just an item of plastic with gemstone colors. Natural gemstones are mined, while synthetic gems are artificially grown.
If you wear the piece for 24 hours, then you can be sure that it has been put together correctly and hangs nicely. This can also help you see whether the piece is durable enough to last.
Buying jewelry, or selling it, is a whole process. You will have to do some research and put some thought into it, if it is a gift you are looking for. Keeping the aforementioned tips in mind, you are well on your way to being successful with them.