One of the many remarkable things about broches, rings, necklaces, and bracelets is the power to captivate people of all cultures and eras with their beauty and design. Jewelry has always held a special place in the annals of history, fashion, and even anthropology. With these sparkling, hand-picked tips you will find new ways to appreciate and enjoy jewelry.
When looking to invest in jewelry containing sapphires, opals or rubies make sure that you understand what lab created means. Lab created gemstones are grown in a laboratory using scientific means. Jewelry that you see labeled as lab created such as sapphire has never seen Mother Nature. If you are looking for natural gemstones, you may be paying a higher price and spend significant time looking for a vendor outside of your local mall.
Make sure you know what to look for when buying platinum jewelry. Platinum needs to be at least 95% pure in order for it to be considered real platinum. If it’s lower it is platinum alloy. Also, be aware that platinum can develop a patina, which many people feel gives jewelry a nice antique look. This jewelry also does not wear away and is hypoallergenic.
Jewelry consignment stores are a great place to sell your jewelry. Consignment stores will sell your jewelry for whatever you think is a fair price, and they take a certain percentage of the sales when the item sells. They will usually display it for about 3 months and then you have the option of either picking it up or selling it to the store. Occasionally the store will keep it on display for longer if you ask.
If you have a ring that’s too large, you don’t have to pay to get it re-sized. You can get a ring guard. A ring guard is a small, plastic tube with a slit. Press the ring into the slit, and the plastic will make the ring fit tighter. You may also be able to buy a multipack of different sizes and shapes.
Buy your stones loose when you are creating your own jewelry designs. You will be able to pick out a stone that best reflects your desires. Once you find the perfect stone, your ideas for a perfect setting will be much easier to decipher. Any good piece of jewelry starts at the stone.
When selling jewelry via the Internet, be sure to develop attractive and persuasive imagery of the pieces. An online buyer doesn’t get the opportunity to handle the jewelry, so photos of the piece have to speak for themselves. Take professional-looking pictures of your pieces and let people know you can send more pictures upon request.
To keep silver jewelry tarnish-free between wearings, wrap the item in a jeweler’s polishing cloth and then seal the piece, cloth and all, in a plastic bag. Polishing cloths come in many sizes and are very economical. The cloth provides padded protection to even the most delicate chains and the plastic bag keeps air, which causes tarnish, from touching the jewelry. When ready to wear, give the piece a rub with the cloth for shine and you’re set to go!
If you are looking to purchase a piece of jewelry with precious stones, there are synthetic gems that are more affordable, and have a similar grade of quality as natural gems. But, remember that imitation gems which are composed of plastic elements are indeed fake, whereas synthetic gems are cultured in actual laboratories.
A clasp that will hold up is a very important part of any necklace or bracelet. If your chains and pendants with costly gems do not have secure clasps, you may lose them. For particularly expensive or sentimental pieces of jewelry, it is recommended you have a safety clasp installed. Some people may even choose to put a second or third clasp on their priceless pieces to keep them safe while wearing them.
Budget your jewelry purchases well in advance and stick to the price range you settle on. The jewelry store can be every bit as tempting as the candy shop, but you must resist the urge to splurge. Jewelry carries lots of memories and associations with it; you do not want to spoil a piece by spending so much that you regret the sight of it later.
A simple string of pearls makes the most elegant jewelry gift, suitable for all ages and styles. Best of all, pearls come in such a variety of sizes, that they are affordable to anyone. A single strand of pearls, no matter the size, is a stunning addition to any woman’s jewelry wardrobe and can be worn with everything from jeans and a shirt to an evening gown.
Invest in a jewelry box. If you keep your jewelry in different compartments of a jewelry box, it will protect your pieces from scratching one another and will slow tarnishing. When storing pearls in your jewelry box, an added measure is to place them in a piece of natural material such as a cotton pouch.
When buying jewelry for someone that you care about, be sure to consider getting a replacement or care plan if seems appropriate. This is important because this is almost like buying insurance for an item that may very well fall apart just from everyday use, even if it is of the utmost quality.
So whether you have learned a new fact, historical tidbit, or way to wear your jewelry, keep in mind that these tips are meant to be shared! Use this information to make better decisions on buying, wearing, or possibly even making your own gorgeous jewelry; think of these tips as diamonds in the rough.