When you’re going to purchase or sell any jewelry you’re going to need to learn a lot about it so you know what to do. There is so much to learn, it can be hard to decide where to start.
Watch how you store your jewelry when it isn’t being worn. Using boxes, hooks, holders, and compartments is very effective for ensuring the pieces stay separated. Do not just throw them into piles in a box. Fragile jewelry could easily be damaged by doing this, not to mention the nuisance of having to untangle necklace chains that could get caught together.
When purchasing sterling silver, take along a good magnifying glass, along with a small magnet. If the piece you are examining is not silver and is made from non-precious metal, it will be attracted to the magnet. In addition, sterling silver pieces are always stamped with silver hallmarks indicating such factors as the degree of purity, the manufacturer’s symbol, and the date of manufacture. Some of the most common hallmarks are “925, “ster,” “sterling,” and “sterling silver.” If a particular piece is not stamped, you should be cautious of its authenticity.
Find out more about the gems you look at. Ask about where they came from and to which category they belong. Gemstones come in three different varieties: natural, imitation and synthetic. Synthetic stones are lab created jewels, while imitation stones are normally colored glass. Natural stones are mined, and synthetic stones are created in a laboratory.
Jewelry is something that can last generations. When choosing jewelry, you should always buy from a reputable store or dealer, in order to ensure you only get high-quality pieces. High-quality jewelry items will have superior craftsmanship and pleasing, aesthetic designs. A credible jeweler should offer a complete history of the piece, including information about the creator and the source of the gemstones. It is important that your pieces are high-quality if you want them to last a long time.
Learning how to make informed decisions on the buying and selling of jewelry takes time and effort. Add these tips to your arsenal of knowledge to make more informed choices with your own jewelry.