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Image by MAURO CATEB
Beeswax, used as a lubricant in jewellery. Mauro Cateb, Brazilian jeweler and silversmith.
Regardless of how you obtained your new piece of jewelry, sometimes understanding all you need to know about it can be confusing. How do you know where to find more information on something like this? The following article will describe some useful tips about jewelry to assist you in becoming a highly educated consumer.
Use a polishing cloth for all of your jewelry pieces. It will allow you to make your jewelry look as good as new without the use of chemicals. Use this two-sided cloth on your jewelry as though you were cleaning glass. Use one side of the cloth for polishing, and the reverse to make it sparkle.
Do not use harsh chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, turpentine or acetone to clean them. Doing so can damage the shine and luster of the stones on your favorite pieces.
Keep your jewelry in a relatively air-tight container, and minimize its exposure to humidity. A jewelry box or drawstring bag out of a humid area is ideal. Certain metals begin to tarnish when exposed to humidity. The thing about this is that non-precious metals cannot fully recover from this because underneath, the copper shows through. However, keep in mind that precious metals can go back to their own original forms.
A magnet is a useful tool when shopping for jewelry in sterling silver. Take the magnet with you to find fake pieces of jewelery, sterling silver will not stick to the magnet. You can generally tell genuine sterling silver by its stamp, which will look something like “.925 ster.” If the piece is not hallmarked in any way, be leery of its authenticity because oftentimes it is a sign of a fake.
Good jewelry will last a lifetime. When you look for a piece of jewelry, always use a dealer with a good reputation, ensuring that the piece you choose is of high-quality. Any piece that is high quality will have its craftsmanship and quality shining through. The jeweler that you purchase the item from should give you the history of the piece, as far as who made it, and, if there are stones on the item, where they came from. You’ll create an heirloom tomorrow if you choose high-quality jewelry today.
Compare lots of diamonds before you settle on one to buy. Take a very close look at the piece you like, and then make the comparison to any others on your favorites list. With diamonds, you need to have a keen eye because of the many tricks people will use to enhance it.
When purchasing jewelry from a respected jeweler, inquire as to whether they offer an insurance policy. Insurance policies allow you to bring a defective or broken piece into the jewelry store for repair. In certain instances, there may even be jewelry insurance available to cover loss or theft.
Prevent your jewelry from tarnishing so that it keeps looking great. Exposure to water can affect the finish, so avoid it. Metals can become dull, rusty or tarnished if submerged in it. If you want to give your jewelry a measure of protection from this element, coat it thinly with clear nail polish.
When making a jewelry purchase, be aware of what you plan to do with it. You should not have a lot of jewelery that you are never going to put on. When making a selection, remember your outfits, clothing and accessories.
As you have seen, jewelry has many wonderful aspects. However, if you conduct your research properly, you can ensure that the pieces you purchase are of the highest quality, and that the way you care for them will keep them beautiful for many years to come. There is a wide range of jewelry out there for you to explore! The tips below will help you learn what you need to get started.