Jewelry: Everything You Will Ever Need To Know
You must know what you're doing or do the research prior to shopping for jewelry in order to make a good purchase. You may be uncertain where to start.
Your jewlery needs to be kept in a place where it is protected from air and humidity. To maximize protection, put your jewelry in a jewelry box or a small drawstring bag. Air and humidity will make the metals in jewelry tarnish. You can restore the precious metals back to their former glory, but plated jewelry is different. Trying to polish those pieces can reveal the non-precious metals underneath, such as copper.
To tell apart between real and fake, bring a magnet when you shop for sterling silver jewelry. Metals that aren't precious will connect to the magnet, signaling that it is fake. True sterling silver may also have a mark on it to indicate its quality, such as ".925" or "ster". If the item has no markings indicating its authenticity, then be suspicious.
Observe them and see what jewelry pieces the happen to be wearing, such as necklaces, earrings, or rings. Also make a note of any metals or stones they seem to prefer. Just paying attention to what they wear now will make buying for them much easier than asking a salesperson.
You need to take special care of costume jewelry. A lot of the stones in costume jewelery are glued in and not set in. For this reason, costume jewelry should never touch water, and you should avoid using detergents on it. Simply wipe it with a damp warm cloth, followed by a soft, dry cloth. This will help your costume jewelry to continue looking great.
See what types of earrings they wear, what color, if they wear ankle bracelets, etc. These types of observations will provide a starting point to purchase an item they'll cherish.
This article has now showed you how important it is to put effort into your research, when looking to buy or sell any jewelry. Apply the tips from this article, and you will be successfully buying and selling quality jewelry in no time.