Whether thinking of a gift for your beloved or a cherished personal item, it is perfectly understandable to be passionate about jewelry. It helps to be somewhat educated about different jewelry pieces as, due to the huge variety of materials used in jewelry making, each piece can require different wearing and caring instructions. This article will offer some tips and advice about jewelry. If you have questions, here are some answers.
Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia and acetone that may permanently damage your jewelry. Using them may result in damage to your jewelry, may cause dulling of gemstones, and may erode enamel work.
Be careful when storing all your jewelry together. Use a box that has several different compartments and hooks to keep your pieces apart. Don’t just put them in one huge, unorganized pile. Not only will your necklaces become hopelessly tangled, you risk harming any fragile pieces as they bump and scrape against each other as you search the box.
The metals in jewelry can tarnish if exposed to humid air, so you will want to store them in a way that protects them. Ideally, you should keep them in drawstring bags or in a jewelry box. Metals will become tarnished when exposed to air and humidity. Polishing will work to restore the color and shine for precious metals, but with non-precious metals, polishing will not help the change in color.
When shopping for genuine sterling silver jewelry, you need both a discerning eye and a small magnet. Precious metals, like sterling silver, will not be attracted to the magnet. Another way to tell if a metal is sterling silver is to check for a hallmark stamp, for example .sterling, .ster, or .925. If the piece of presumed silver is not marked, be skeptical that is real silver. It could very well be a fake.
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 have insurance policies that cover lost of stolen jewelry, also.
Everyone can get confused about jewelry from time to time. Hopefully, the tips you’ve just read can provide you some assistance when you have a jewelry question in the future.