Have you been thinking about accessorizing your outfits with a burst of color by choosing just the right jewelry pieces? Perhaps you want to pick out a present for a friend. Whatever your needs, you will be helped by the advice given in this article.
Get a polishing cloth for your jewelery. You can keep your items shiny without using chemicals. To clean your jewelry, obtain a soft two-sided cloth and gently rub in a circular motion. Use the one side designated for polish, and the other for making it shine.
When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely, and take along a magnet for metal testing. Imitations will be attracted to your magnet. This is an easy way to recognize quality. 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 the piece is not hallmarked in any way, be leery of its authenticity because oftentimes it is a sign of a fake.
Before you buy a gemstone, ask what type of gemstone it is. The types of gems available are synthetic, imitation and natural. Natural and synthetic gemstones are both actual gemstones, while an imitation gemstone is just a plastic mold made to look like a gemstone. The only difference between natural and imitation gemstones is where they are made. Natural occur naturally, while synthetic stones are grown in labs.
Notice what type of earrings they are wearing, including the shape and metal. By doing this you should have a good idea what to buy them.
Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, you are better equipped to select the perfect gemstones, beads or fine metals in jewelry. You will surely enjoy your purchase for many years.