Use These Tips To Become Educated About Jewelry

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You need have a basic knowledge of jewelry before you engage in the purchase or sale of precious pieces. It can be overwhelming to know exactly where to start.

If you are shopping unmarked sterling silver jewelry, then by all means bring a magnet. If the piece you are examining is not silver and is made from non-precious metal, it will be attracted to the magnet. Sterling silver always has some sort of stamp to indicate it is sterling. If the piece is not hallmarked in any way, be leery of its authenticity because oftentimes it is a sign of a fake.

Do not use any chemicals on your jewelery stones. This will result in damage to both the stones and the metal of the piece.

A magnet is a useful tool when shopping for jewelry in sterling silver. To spot scams, see if the magnet attracts the piece. If it does, then shout "FAKE!" at the top of your lungs and move to the next store. Look for the hallmark stamped on the piece of jewelry to determine what percentage sterling silver it is. If the piece is not hallmarked in any way, be leery of its authenticity because oftentimes it is a sign of a fake.

See what types of earrings they wear, what color, if they wear ankle bracelets, etc. This is a great place to start when picking out that special item.

Accent a belt with a brooch to add more visual interest instantly. You have the option of placing it close to your hip, or at your waist near the center.

Take extra care when you are untangling necklaces. It's easy to get frustrated when trying to get the knots out of a badly tangled necklace, but try using some plastic wrap before you call it quits. Place your jewelry on the plastic wrap and add a little baby oil. Using sewing needles, you should be able to separate the knot. Wash with dish soap and pat dry.

See if your gem has had any treatments prior to buying, and if so, which treatments. Different treatments require different types of care. If you use the wrong cleanser because you are uneducated about the gem, you could strip off the treatment and even damage the stone.

You need a good clasp for any necklaces and bracelets. If a clasp is not solid, you might end up losing your jewelry. You can purchase a safety clasp to secure expensive pieces of jewelry. An additional clasp -- or clasps -- can be added to particularly priceless items to keep them extra safe.

Wait until after your makeup is complete and set before putting on jewelry. Dirt and oil accumulate in the small crevices of jewelry, and can make it look dull and shabby. Earrings and necklaces are the prominent pieces affected by this.

This means steam saunas and dry saunas. Because of the high temperature and moisture in saunas, they can cause serious damage to your jewelry.

The size of the diamond is not as important as its cut and clarity. The personal preferences of the individual who will be wearing the diamond are of paramount consideration.

When you are ready to buy a piece of jewelry, think about what you are going to be doing with it. There is no point continually buying jewelry if you never wear it. Think about which outfits you will wear the jewelry with while you are shopping.

Hopefully you can take this advice and use it to make your next jewelry purchase a memorable one. Keep these tips in mind when at the jewelers to save both time and money.

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