Image by MAURO CATEB
My silver miniatures published in a Brazilian book on jewellery: “Joias: Os Segredos da Técnica”, written by my friend Carlos Salem, jeweler and jewellery teacher. Second edition, 2006.
Photo: Mauro Cateb
The concept jewelry has is almost as stunning as physical jewelry is alone. A single piece of jewelry has the power to commemorate occasions, events and relationships. Learning about jewelry can aid you in preserving it for a longer time.
Don’t use acetone, ammonia, turpentine, bleach, or other harsh chemicals for cleaning them. This can cause the stones to lose their luster in addition to eating away the enamel on any of the pieces.
Before you buy a gemstone, ask what type of gemstone it is. The three types are imitation, synthetic and natural. Synthetic and natural are real stones, while the imitation ones are plastic that is colored. While natural gems come out of mines, synthetic ones come out of laboratories.
Jewelry is something that can last generations. Whenever you buy jewelry, make sure you go to a reliable, experienced dealer, so you know you’re getting an outstanding piece of jewelry. You should be able to notice a quality piece by its craftsmanship. A credible jeweler should offer a complete history of the piece, including information about the creator and the source of the gemstones. Take your time when selecting a high-quality piece if you want it to last you for a long time.
Always shop around when buying a diamond. See what you like up close, and then compare it to other pieces that you look at. However, be mindful that there are fraudulent ways to make the diamond look better than it is.
Ask about insurance from your jeweler before purchasing a new piece. You want to know if they will be able to repair or replace the piece if it was to break. You can even find insurance on jewelry pieces that were stolen or misplaced.
Keep your jewelry pieces looking beautiful by protecting them from tarnish. Try to keep your jewelry away from water. Lots of jewelry materials are dulled or tarnished by water exposure. Clear nail polish can be used to protect your jewelry if you apply a very thin coat of it on your pieces.
When collecting costume jewelry, pay close attention to the condition of any piece you are considering. This type of jewelry can be extremely expensive and makes an incredible investment. However, this type of piece can have a lot of wear and tear, which wouldn’t be worth your money or time. Pieces that are in great shape will fetch you better prices down the road, should you choose to sell them.
If you’re shopping for an individual who likes unique pieces of jewelry, you should consider purchasing an item that is made specifically for this person. This means you have taken the time to think about the gift and make it as personal as possible. Customized jewelery will also help you convey the right message.
Apply your makeup before putting on your jewelry. Putting jewelry on prior to applying makeup or hairspray allows gunk and grime from your beauty products to settle on the jewelry, leaving it dull and potentially harming the finish. This is particularly important with necklaces and earrings.
Before buying any jewelry, think about what you will use it for. You should not have a lot of jewelery that you are never going to put on. Try to match the jewelry that you purchase with your style of clothing.
When selling a piece of jewelry online, you should aim to present the piece in an attractive manner. Your customer can’t actually see the jewelry, so they must make the decision solely based on your pictures. Make sure the background behind the jewelry in the photograph is bland and boring, so as not to distract the viewer’s attention away from the piece itself.
Jewelry often has priceless memories attached to it. Jewelry provides hope and joy to buyers and owners. Family heirlooms remind their owners of happy times in their own or their family’s past, while engagement rings provide people with hope for the future.