It takes a lot of homework to buy or sell jewelery and get the most out of it. There is so much to learn, it can be hard to decide where to start.
The metals in jewelry can tarnish if exposed to humid air, so you will want to store them in a way that protects them. A jewelry box or drawstring bag out of a humid area is ideal. Certain metals will be tarnished when exposed to humidity or air. You will be able to polish precious metals to remove tarnish, but non-precious metals may lose their coating, showing the copper metal beneath.
If you are in the market to buy some silver jewelry, don’t forget to take a magnet along with you. Imitations will be attracted to your magnet. This is an easy way to recognize quality. You will always find a hallmark stamp such as “.925” or “STER.” on genuine sterling, or alternately, it might simply say, “STERLING”. If the piece you’re inspecting doesn’t carry such a mark, be careful, as it is likely a fake.
Ask about insurance from your jeweler before purchasing a new piece. That way, if something were to happen to your jewelry, you can easily bring it back to the jeweler who will fix or replace it. Many jewelers also have insurance for lost or stolen pieces.
Keep your jewelry pieces looking beautiful by protecting them from tarnish. Try to keep your jewelry away from water. Some metals will tarnish, dull or rust when exposed to water or perspiration. If you are looking to protect your jewelry from the ill effects of water, try applying clear nail polish, just a thin layer, on the piece itself.
It is a good idea to determine the best approaches for jewelry care. The variety of stones, metals and assorted settings will determine the ways in which you care for them. What works well with one type of precious stone may actually harm another. For the best information on how to look after your jewelry, you should talk to a jeweler.
So, as you have seen, it is true that buying or selling jewelry requires research, work and effort so that you can buy the pieces that you want, or sell the pieces you have, for profit. Add these tips to your arsenal of knowledge to make more informed choices with your own jewelry.