It is a shame when someone saves money for years in order to buy the perfect jewelry and the pieces that they are sold are not genuine. Use these handy tips to make sure that the jewelry that you intend to buy is the same jewelry that you bring home.
Steer clear of ammonia, bleach or other strong chemical solvents when you need to clean these items. Harsh chemicals can destroy the enamel, and ruin the stones in your jewelry.
When storing your fine jewelry in a chest or case, wrap each piece in a small piece of velvet cloth. That way harder gemstones will not scratch softer gemstones and metals. It also helps pieces not get tangled with themselves and the velvet helps to keep the pieces safe from excess moisture.
The best tool for any jewelry hunter, whether searching for personal treasure or for the profit in reclaiming gold or silver, is a jeweler’s loupe. Jeweler’s loupes are small, but powerful magnifying instruments designed specially for use in examining jewelry at very close range. Some jeweler’s loupes also have a built-in, battery-powered light which can be very handy if examining pieces in a dimly lit area. Most jeweler’s loupes are extremely economical in cost and can help you make the most of your jewelry-buying dollar, especially when buying from second-hand sources.
When shopping for jewelry, you may need to check what kind of metal you’re buying. Everyone’s heard of a cheap necklace turning skin green, but you may also have a bad reaction to certain metals in earrings. For earrings, look for items labeled ‘sensitive skin’ or for stainless steel, silver, or gold.
If you’re buying an item of jewelry for your wife, pick something that says love. There are so many pieces of jewelry that have a story behind them, like an infinity band or hugs and kisses pendant. Items that are called ‘forever’, typically with diamonds, will show her you want to spend the rest of your life with her. Beautiful
If you’re trying to buy a diamond on a budget, look for one that has slight inclusions and is a less than perfect color of white. Often times, you cannot even see the inclusions and ‘off’ color with the naked eye, but it can save you hundreds or thousands on the price of the stone.
When purchasing a silver plated piece of jewelry, immediately paint it with a coat of clear nail polish. Doing this will extend the life of the piece. It can also prevent those tiny scrapes and scratches that are so easy to get. Re-paint the piece once every few months for best results.
To make sure your jewelry makes you look great, wear jewelry that compliments your skin tone. If you have a cool skin tone, choose jewelry with a silver tone. When wearing gemstones, try pearls or jewel-toned stones. To compliment a warm skin tone, wear gold jewelry and pieces with earth tones. Coral and turquoise also look great on those with warm skin.
This is not as tricky as it may seem, and you do not have to be afraid that every jeweler is out there trying to prey on you. Just keep all of this advice in mind while you are searching for your jewelry and you should be absolutely fine.