To get the jewelry that you want or need, you will have to do research to gain more understanding about jewelry in general. This makes it difficult to know where to start.
Store your jewelry collection carefully. You should keep the pieces separate in compartments, boxes, holders, and on hooks for better storage. Resist the temptation to jumble all your pieces into a community box. This can damage fragile, delicate jewelry, and necklaces can become very tangled in other jewelry pieces.
Don’t keep your jewelry in open air or someplace with a lot of 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. Being submitted to extreme humidity and temperature can cause your pieces to tarnish. Precious metals, through some work and polish, can be restored to their original condition. Non-precious metals are coated, which means that polishing will allow copper metal to come through.
If you are shopping unmarked sterling silver jewelry, then by all means bring a magnet. Use the magnet to detect fake jewelry; real silver will not be attracted to the magnet, but the cheaper metals will. You can identify sterling silver by its markings, for example “sterling,” “ster,” or “.925.” If there is no marking on the piece, it may not be sterling silver.
Always compare prices before purchasing any diamonds. Look at what you like close up, and compare them to other pieces you have seen. Less-scrupulous jewelry sellers have many ways to enhance the appearance of a sub-par diamond, so you have to stay alert.
Before adding a piece of jewelry to your collection, research current trends. If there is one thing better than finding the perfect, most heart-stopping bauble, it would be snagging the piece at a wonderful price!
Buying jewelry, or selling it, is a whole process. You will have to do some research and put some thought into it, if it is a gift you are looking for. We have provided you with some great tips that offer a solid starting point. Use them well and you’ll be on the way to successful purchases and sales.