Become A Better Pearl Jewelry Consumer With This Potent Advice

By David F Robson

Have you been thinking about venturing into the world of jewelry? Or perhaps a jewelry piece as a friend's present? It is hoped then that you will find this article of handy hints, quite useful.

Gold prices have skyrocketed, which is good if you're selling gold, but not quite so helpful if your heart's set on purchasing gold. If you're not willing to settle for anything less than gold, by being willing to compromise on karats, you can save some money. A piece of jewelry that is 75% gold is said to have 18 karats, which is high quality but still affordable; a good combination.

If you wear the piece for 24 hours, then you can be sure that it has been put together correctly and hangs nicely. You can also make a better estimate of the jewelry's durability after trying it out.

Robe hooks are a great way to keep necklaces safe and separate. Install the hooks in a row on a wall or closet door, and use them to organize your necklaces by style, color, length or any other system that works for you. This keeps your necklaces from balling into a knotty cluster in the jewelry box, and it looks lovely, too.

In order to save money, have a replica made for a piece of jewelry that you covet but can't really afford. Usually you will only need a photograph or sketch of the original piece. Bring it over to a specialist or a jewelry store. These professionals should be able to work with your budget and create a beautiful piece of plated jewelry which resemble the more expensive piece.

The size of the diamond is not always the most critical detail, the cut and clarity are important also. In addition, consider the characteristics and traits of the recipient of this diamond.

If you plan to invest a great deal of money in a piece of jewelry, opt for a piece that will last many years. You usually get good quality when you buy something expensive, but think about styles too. Stick with classic styles. The trendy items of today may be grossly out of fashion tomorrow. Look into buying something that will not go out of style.

Dip your copper jewelery in some lemon juice every now and again. Over time, copper jewelry will develop a tarnish. If you are not crazy about the look of tarnished copper, lemon juice is a great way to shine it up.

If you are looking to purchase sterling silver jewelry make sure that you have a magnet with you and a good eye. If an item of jewelry is attracted by a magnet, it is not sterling silver! Only non-precious metals can be drawn to a magnet. Look for the hallmark stamped on the piece of jewelry to determine what percentage sterling silver it is. If you don't see such a mark, you might want to reconsider the purchase. This is usually an indication that the piece is fake.

If you are looking to sell a piece of fine jewelry, consider taking the piece of jewelry to a certified appraiser and/or master gemologist. This helps you get a truthful and accurate quote on the worth of your pieces so that you can be better informed on the offers you should see when it's on the market.

When you buy a piece of jewelery, inquire about the jeweler's insurance policy. Then, you will have peace of mind knowing it can be fixed or replaced if anything happens. There are even some jewelers that will cover the replacement if the piece has been lost or stolen.

Esoteric people like to have handcrafted specialty pieces for presents. This will express the time you spent to get their gift just right, just the kind of sentiment you want to show your special friends.

Using robe hooks will help to stop necklaces from becoming tangled. The small hooks can be hung just about anywhere and will allow you to neatly organize and display your necklaces. Not only does this keep necklaces from tangling up into knots in your jewelry box, but it makes an attractive accent to your decor.

Before you go shopping for the engagement ring, it is a good idea to have some basic knowledge on the price of diamonds and how much you plan to spend. Diamond shopping may be an emotional endeavor. It is very easy to throw your budget out of the window when you see something extra special.

You should always store your jewelry very carefully. It's better to keep pieces separate by using boxes, holders, hooks and other containers. Never simply throw piles of jewelry in a box. This can damage fragile, delicate jewelry, and necklaces can become very tangled in other jewelry pieces.

There are so many things to wonder about when it comes to jewelry - how much to pay, what style to wear, when to give, how to care for it - that it's easy for anyone to feel a little overwhelmed. Remember to use these tips to choose jewelery.

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