Jewellery material 10
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Rubber mallet for jewellery.
Mauro Cateb, Brazilian jeweler and silversmith. www.maurocateb.com.br
You need have a basic knowledge of jewelry before you engage in the purchase or sale of precious pieces.
Jewelry buying can be an overwhelming process for beginners. Try cleaning your jewelry collection with a polishing cloth. This is a natural way to shine all of your jewelry without relying on abrasives or other harsh chemicals. Polish your jewelry with a two-sided polishing cloth as you might buff a lovely glass.
One side is designed to polish, and the other is used to make the piece shine. Do not use any chemicals on your jewelery stones. Harsh chemicals can destroy the enamel, and ruin the stones in your jewelry. To distinguish between real and fake, bring a magnet when you shop for sterling silver jewelry.
You can detect fake sterling silver with the magnet, since non-precious metals are drawn to magnets. Look for the hallmark stamped on the piece of jewelry to determine what percentage sterling silver it is. If you don’t see a stamp of any sort on a piece, then be wary of whether it is actually silver or not. You need to know the type of gem that you are purchasing. Jewels come in natural, synthetic and imitation forms.
Imitation gems are made out of glass or plastic; natural and synthetic gems both consist of real gemstone. Natural stones are found in mines, while synthetic stones are produced by machines. Your jewelry should be durable and long-lasting. Get jewelry from a jeweler with a good reputation to be sure that it’s of high-quality. Any piece that is high quality will have its craftsmanship and quality shining through.
A good jeweler can provide you with some background on the piece, such as who crafted it, where it was manufactured, and where any stones in it came from. You need to buy quality jewelry so that you can pass it down as an heirloom.
When you buy a piece of jewelery, inquire about the jeweler’s insurance policy. This is to avoid any future complications. If anything were to happen you have yourself covered and to avoid complications with that jeweler in the future, they can replace or fix it for you if you run into problems. Some jewelers even offer insurance for jewelry pieces that have been misplaced or stolen. Consider stones when you are buying jewelry. Choose pieces that have stones which express your personality and those that make you feel great when you wear them. Neutral colored stones will work well with any outfit in your closet.
Don’t even bother to buy something that doesn’t function properly. You need to pay special attention when caring for costume jewelry. Often, stones will be glued into their settings, which makes them more prone to falling out than regular jewelry. Do not dip your jewelery in chemicals that may harm them. It’s most beneficial to use a damp warm cloth to gently wipe, then use another cloth to dry. This helps keep costume jewelry looking sparkling clean and new.
To keep your jewelry looking clean, only put it on after your make-up is applied and set. Jewelry can become dirty and dull if you put it on too early, this is because incomplete makeup routines will transfer grime to it.
Earrings and necklaces are especially prone to this kind of contamination. Gems are given chemical treatments in the process of cutting, polishing and setting.
When you are thinking of buying, ask what treatment a stone was given. Gemstone treatment can affect the type of care the piece needs. Applying the wrong chemical when cleaning a gemstone can cause the protective treatment to dissolve, and damage the appearance of the gem.
Clearly, buying and selling jewelry successfully requires ample amounts of research and effort. With these tips in place, you can start experiencing success.