Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Jewelry

By Amelia K Rendersons

Selling or buying jewelry requires a massive amount of research and knowledge in order to obtain pieces that you want or need. This can make it hard to know where to start.

Have you ever considered purchasing jewelry second-hand? This can be a great way to add new pieces to your collection at a reasonable price. Most of the time, these pieces of jewelry can be as good as the brand new pieces, and they're usually much cheaper. Therefore, you'll get much more out of the money you spend.

If any of your rings are too big or loose on your fingers, make sure you take them off before swimming, washing dishes, or taking a bath. Loose rings can easily slide off your fingers when submerged in water, and you could lose them down the drain.

If you have your heart set on a beautiful jewelry piece that is out of your price range, have a replica created at a fraction of the cost. Generally, this can be accomplished with only a photograph of the piece of jewelry you desire. Bring the picture to a jeweler and describe what you would like. They will be able to create a replica for you using cheaper, raw materials and plating.

If you have a piece of jewelry you like from your childhood, try combining them with new pieces that are larger and more modern. Add a pendant to your collection and wear it with other necklaces of a similar color.

Avoid the debacle of twisted and tangled necklaces by utilizing decorative hooks like those used for hanging robes. Create an instant necklace storage area by mounting a row of these hooks on a closet wall. This will keep you from having to worry about tangled necklaces the next time you go for one, and it happens to also be an attractive way to display them.

Take the steps to inhibit its tarnishing. Avoid wearing your jewelry near water. Water exposure can cause different metals to become tarnished, dull or rusted. It is wise to place a single coat of transparent nail lacquer on jewelry in order to protect it.

Make sure that you regularly untangle delicate, knotted necklaces. The first thing you need to do is get a piece of plastic wrap. Place your necklace on the wrap and put baby oil or mineral oil on it. Use small needles to untangle the necklaces. Wash any oil residue from the necklace with dishwashing liquid, and gently pat it dry.

If you are shopping unmarked sterling silver jewelry, then by all means bring a magnet. When you do this, you become able to find fake pieces of any type of sterling jewelry. You can use the magnet because non-precious metals actually are attracted by magnets. There should be a stamp hallmarked that says something like .925 sterling or ster, on sterling silver Be wary of jewelery without any kind of hallmark, as often it is fake.

Before selling a piece of jewelry, you should have it appraised by a gemologist or accredited appraiser. This ensures that have an accurate and substantiated claim of the item's value, which makes it much easier to determine an appropriate selling price.

When you set out to buy jewelry, buy a piece because you love it, not because of who makes it. Many designer pieces are of the same quality than other, more affordable baubles. For example, if you opt for a ring from Cartier, you are actually paying more for the name than you are for the piece itself. Excellent quality can be found from a lot of different jewelry brands.

Clearly, buying and selling jewelry successfully requires ample amounts of research and effort. These suggestions will help you to make intelligent choices in the jewelry market.

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