When it comes to jewelry, it is practically impossible to overload on information. Even a seemingly trivial mistake could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Here are a few sensible guidelines on the subject. This information will help you choose and take care of your jewelry pieces and avoid some of the more common mistakes.
To keep your jewelry looking attractive, polish it regularly using a cloth made especially for this purpose. This is a natural way to shine all of your jewelry without relying on abrasives or other harsh chemicals. You use the special cloth to polish your jewelry just like you would polish your silverware. Use one side to shine it and the other to polish it.
Be cautious of the way all of your personal jewelry gets stored together. A better idea is to keep the pieces separate by using boxes, hooks, compartments or holders. You should never simply throw your jewelry into a box in a messy pile. This can damage fragile, delicate jewelry, and necklaces can become very tangled in other jewelry pieces.
Jewelry is best stored in an area with low humidity. Trying putting them in a box with a tight-fitting lid or a bag that has a drawstring closure. All metals will tarnish if they are subjected to too much air and humidity. Precious metals can often be polished to remove most tarnish. Non-precious metals often have a single coat of metal. Therefore, polishing them can remove the coat and show the copper that is found underneath.
Arm yourself with a magnet and a magnifying glass when shopping for sterling silver jewelry. Imitations will be attracted to your magnet. This is an easy way to recognize quality. Sterling silver will always be hallmarked with a stamp such as .925, ster. or sterling. If you cannot find a stamp, you might be looking at a cheap imitation.
Well, it’s easy when you know how. This article has just touched on a few of things that you should know about this very rewarding hobby. There is much to learn, but at least you’ve now got a few good ideas to put to work.