Jewelry is beloved not only for its connotations, but also for its beauty. Jewelry not only reminds us of our important relationships, it also helps memorialize those special occasions. Expanding your knowledge about jewelry can make the buying and selling experience become more rewarding.
Use a soft cloth on your jewelry as often as you want. This easy technique can make your jewelry bright and shiny without the use of harsh solvents and chemicals. You can use the two-sided cloth to polish your jewelry in the same way you would polish a drinking glass. First, use the polishing side to polish it up, then use the other side to shine it.
Avoid using harmful substances like bleach, ammonia, acetone, turpentine and the like to clean them. This can cause the stones to lose their luster in addition to eating away the enamel on any of the pieces.
Make sure to store your jewelry away from humidity and air. To keep your jewelry properly protected, store it in a drawstring bag or jewelry box. Humid air affects the metals in jewelry and causes tarnishing. While precious metals can be polished back to their original luster, non-precious metals are only coated in which case polishing causes the copper metal underneath to show through.
If you are in the market to buy some silver jewelry, don’t forget to take a magnet along with you. Take the magnet with you to find fake pieces of jewelery, sterling silver will not stick to the magnet. You can generally tell genuine sterling silver by its stamp, which will look something like “.925 ster.” If your silver is not marked, it could be because it is not real!
Each piece of jewelry bought, sold or owned will hold a little spot in your memories for the years ahead. Jewelry is often more than just a piece of metal or stones, it is a memory from a moment in time, shrouded with emotions from the giver, as well as the recipient.