Would you like to compliment your outfit with a beautiful piece of jewelry? Maybe you just need a nice gift for a friend. By following the advice in this article you can feel confident on whatever selection you make.
Don’t use acetone, ammonia, turpentine, bleach, or other harsh chemicals for cleaning them. These can erode both the color and the materials of your jewelry.
When storing your jewelry, be sure that you store it in a place with low humidity and free of open air. Store them in a closed jewelry box or small drawstring bag for maximum protection. Humid air affects the metals in jewelry and causes tarnishing. Precious metals can easily be polished, but non-precious metal needs a special polish.
Having a good eye to catch the details, and a magnet, are key when you are considering the purchase of any type of sterling silver jewelry. Use the magnet to detect fake jewelry; real silver will not be attracted to the magnet, but the cheaper metals will. If your silver is sterling, you will also notice a mark on the piece. This mark might state .925, sterling, or ster. If you don’t see a stamp of any sort on a piece, then be wary of whether it is actually silver or not.
When you are purchasing a new piece of jewelry, be aware of the gemstone that it contains and what it is made of. Natural gems and imitation gems have been joined recently by synthetic gems, making three main categories. Imitation gems are basically plastic that is colored, while synthetic and natural are real. Natural gemstones are mined, while synthetic gems are artificially grown.
Since you have gained a little bit more understanding about jewelry, you should have more faith in your ability to choose gemstones, diamonds, beads and shiny precious metals. Use the advice you’ve learned here to make your jewelry an investment that you will treasure for years to come.