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Image by MAURO CATEB
Beeswax, used as a lubricant in jewellery and silversmithing. Photo: Mauro Cateb, Brazilian jeweler and silversmithing.
Does your sense of style need an update with some new jewelry? Perhaps you’re looking to add a splash of color to a drab outfit. Whether you want to purchase jewelry for yourself or for a friend, the following tips will certainly help you pick something out.
Jewelry is best stored in an area with low humidity. To protect your jewelry it is important to secure it in a small bag with a drawstring, or in a jewelry box that remains closed a majority of the time. Air and humidity can cause the metals that the jewelry are made of to tarnish. It is possible to polish precious metals, but polishing non-precious metals will damage the coating, which makes the copper that metal was covering show.
Pay attention to the types, sizes, and colors of jewelry that the person wears. Once you are aware of their preferences, you will be in a better position to determine what to buy them.
Before you buy a new piece of jewelry, look at what the current trends are. It is better to get a gorgeous bauble on sale!
You want to ensure that your jewelry always looks its best so do everything you can to stop it from tarnishing. If possible, remove your jewelry if you are around water. Metals will often tarnish or rust when in contact with water. To protect your jewelry from exposure, apply a single coat of clear nail lacquer to its surface.
Taking proper care of your jewelry requires careful consideration. Different styles of jewelry affect the way they need to be cared for; one type of metal will need a different treatment than another, for example. Processes that may work for one type of jewelry may be harmful to others. If you are uncertain what the best practice is for caring for a particular piece of jewelry, ask your jeweler.
Costume jewelry needs special care. Many embellishments on costume jewelry are only secured with glue rather than set into the piece. Costume jewelry should never be submerged in liquid, nor cleaned with chemicals. Use a gentle cloth, like microfiber, to clean it. One wet, then another, dry. This will ensure that all of your costume jewelry looks like it did the day you bought it.
When buying jewelry for a one-of-a-kind person, buy them something equally unique. Look for something that fits their personality. Finding something that shows you put thought and effort into the gift is more important the the gift itself, so whether or not what you choose exactly what they wanted, they are sure to be pleased.
Before purchasing a gemstone, find out if it has been treated, and if so, how. There are several different types of treatment, and each one needs it’s own type of care. You want to avoid putting a solution on jewelry that has been treated, particularly if you do not know whether or not it will hurt the piece.
Many times, the cut and clarity of a diamond outshines its actual carat weight. You want the diamond to really suit the person that’s going to wear it.
When you are shopping for gifts, why not consider a jewelry set? The larger jewelry stores will often give discounts on an entire set of jewelry. You can make it fun and split the set up to give them parts of the set on each holiday as they come. This practice will ensure that you have appealing gifts planned out for a long time in the future.
Now that you know the basics of jewelry selection, you will be able to spot the best specimens of any type of jewelry, from gemstones to precious metals. The investment that you make now in a quality-piece will be something to be proud of and enjoy for years to come.